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Strawberry Basil Ice Pops

Fresh strawberries blended with a bit of fresh basil, sugar and lemon juice.
Home made ice pops are awesome.  

You don't need a fancy mold, any ol' paper cup or juice glass would work. 
Just don't forget to get the wooden sticks though. 

Get out your food processor or potato masher and let's get started...

I set out the ingredients, took a couple of really great shots of my mise en place, only to discover I neglected to put the memory card in my camera, grrrrrrr. Luckily I discovered it before it was too late. 

The ingredients you need are strawberries, basil, sugar, lemon juice, Greek style yogurt, heavy cream and vanilla.


In the bowl of a blender add the strawberries, sugar, basil


and the lemon juice.


Pulse until well blended and pureed.

You don't really need a food processor or blender to make ice pops, just use a potato masher and a large enough bowl to give the fruit a good work out. Sometimes I like the fruit with a little more texture, that's where the potato masher is the best tool for the job.  


Once the strawberries mixture is to your liking, add the yogurt,



the heavy cream,




and a dash of vanilla.




The mixture will be pretty thick so carefully fill your molds or cups. 




Tap the mold a few times on the counter top just in case there are any air bubbles in the mold. 

Yes, that's a dish cloth in the corner of the picture. I try to keep things clean and wiped up as I go. Guess I could have photoshopped it out, but I didn't. ;-)

It's easier to un-mold the pops if you run the mold under hot water for a few minutes, that melts the outside of the pop a bit. I then place the un-molded pops on a waxed paper lined baking sheet and put them back into the freezer, this re-freezes the outside of the pop; then you can bag and freeze them and they won't stick together. (hope I explained that right)

I'll be sharing more ice pop recipes in the future, I've been making them like crazy lately. 

Here's the recipe for this one. 

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Strawberry Basil popsicle


2 cups fresh strawberries
2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup greek style yogurt
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the strawberries, basil, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor and
pulse until well blended and pureed. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the
yogurt, heavy cream and vanilla. Spoon this mixtue into your popsicle molds
and freeze for 4 hours before serving.

Notes: Top 50 homemade popsicle recipes cookbook

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