We are set for a hot summer and what better way to beat the heat than with a yummy home made ice pop. This recipe features Barker’s of Geraldine Lite Blackcurrant Syrup and has a caramel twist:
Preparation time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes chilling time + 4 hours freezing time
If you want to make low-fructose ice pops, use rice syrup for the caramel – it can be found in most supermarkets nowadays or in health food stores. Otherwise you can use honey, but reduce caramel cooking time by about 2 minutes. Any leftover caramel can be stored in a jar in the pantry for up to 1 week and be used to drizzle on ice cream.
- ½ cup rice syrup, or honey (see note)
- 2 tablespoons coconut cream or fresh cream
- 1/4 cup Barker’s of Geraldine Lite Blackcurrant Syrup
- 1½ cups Greek-style full fat yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, optional
Place rice syrup and coconut cream in a small saucepan, whisk to combine and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, for 6 minutes for the syrup to caramelise and reduce. Turn off the heat – the caramel will be very hot. Stand it for 5 minutes before adding blackcurrant syrup and whisking to combine. Place saucepan in a sink filled with cold water and allow to cool completely. To speed up the cooling process, after about 10 minutes, you can transfer the caramel into a heat-proof jug or jar and place back in the water. Whisk occasionally to prevent ‘skin’ from forming.
Once the caramel is cool, you can assemble the ice pops. Mix vanilla essence, if using into the yoghurt. Take half the yoghurt mixture and fill moulds to about halfway. Now add a tablespoon of the blackcurrant caramel and gently mix it into the yoghurt with a paddle pop stick to create a ripple. Top with remaining yoghurt and another half a tablespoon of caramel and mix to incorporate the caramel into the layer. Slide paddle pop sticks into the ice pops and place them in the freezer for 4 hours to set.
To serve, run moulds under warm water for a moment to help dislodge the pops. Keep pops in the mould or transfer to a zip lock bag and consume within a month.
Barker’s of Geraldine Fruit Syrups RRP $7.49, available from the cordial aisle of Coles stores nationwide.