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Strawberry-Cherry Ice Pops

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Yields about ten 1/3-cup pops

  • by Fany Gerson from Fine Cooking
    Issue 112

These strawberry pops have a surprising texture, thanks to chewy bits of sweet-tart dried cherries. Create your own customized ice pop recipe with the Recipe Maker.

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 4-inch cinnamon stick
  • 5 cups strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 cup lightly chopped dried cherries

Combine the sugar, salt, and 1/2  cup water in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and make sure the sugar has dissolved; add the cinnamon stick. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool completely. Strain through a fine strainer into a 1-quart liquid measuring cup, and discard the solids in the strainer.

Puree the strawberries  in batches in a blender. Measure out 2 cups of puree (save any extra for another use) and combine it with the syrup.

Distribute the dried cherries among ten 1/3-cup pop molds. Add the fruit mixture to each mold, leaving about 1/4 inch at the top to allow for expansion. Stir gently with a Popsicle stick to distribute the dried cherries. Freeze until partially frozen, about 1 hour. Insert sticks and freeze again until the pops are fully set, 4 to 6 hours more.

To unmold, dip the mold in a deep pan of hot water until the pops pull out easily, 30 to 40 seconds, or let sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. Unmold and store the pops in individual resealable plastic bags; they’re best eaten within 3 weeks.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 90; Fat (g): 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): 0; Protein (g): 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): 21; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 10; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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