When my daughter Lily and I stay with my mother over the summer, we test the blackberries on the roadside outside her house until they’re just sweet enough and then we have fun turning these into dark purple-striped ice pops by mixing in a touch of cream or yogurt. They look like Rothco paintings. Cesar and Nadia Roden, authors of Ice Pops!: 50 Delicious Fresh and Fabulous Icy Treats.
Reprinted with permission from Ice Pops published in 2015 by Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © Cesar and Nadia Roden.
- 3 ½ Cups blackberries
- 2/3 Cups granulated sugar
- 3 Teaspoons freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
- 1 ¾ Cup water
- 6 Tablespoons double cream or Greek yogurt (optional)
Put the blackberries, sugar, lime or lemon juice and water in a food processor and blend gradually to a purée.
Pour the mixture into a fine strainer, stir it through and press down on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract all the liquid.
If you want to make stripes, divide the blackberry mixture in half. Add the cream to one half and mix it in well. Pour enough pure blackberry mixture into each ice pop mold to reach about one-quarter of the way up.
Freeze until slightly firm, about 1 hour, then pour the cream mixture on top. Freeze for a further hour, then top with the remaining pure blackberry mixture. Insert an ice pop stick when all the layers are in. They should stay upright due to the half-frozen last layers. Freeze completely.