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Strawberry, Vanilla Yogurt and Limeade Popsicles
A cool summer treat combining fresh fruit and sweetened yogurt.
- 2 cups (16 oz) Greek yogurt
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved for another use, or 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Strawberry Puree
- 12 ounces strawberries (approx 3 cups) or use raspberries, peaches or blueberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon Chambord (optional)
For the Limeade (optional; I thought a third layer with my taller popsicle forms would be fun)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest
- If doing the limeade layer, make a simple syrup; combining the sugar, water and zest and heating just until the water starts to simmer; the sugar should be dissolved. Remove from heat and strain out the zest. Add the lime juice and allow to chill in freezer while preparing the other ingredients.
- Mix the yogurt with the sugar and the vanilla.
- Puree the strawberries and sugar in a food processor or blender. Stir in Chambord if using.
- Layer the popsicles with your ingredients. I found it worked best to use a little funnel to keep the various ingredients from being dripped all over the inside of the popsicle form.
- Freeze for approximately four hours.
- I wanted to mix up the order of the layers in the popsicles but with the lime juice layer being so liquid it would have meant freezing each layer separately; I didn't want to do that so it went in the molds last.
Jo-Anna mentioned that these pops were best after they had sat out for about 5 minutes once out of the freezer. Mine needed that time to soften up enough to remove them from the forms. It was warm here; I certainly enjoyed slurping these at the end of the day. Think of all the flavor combinations you can use...I know I will!