Monday, June 28, 2010

Popsicle of the Week: Sour Plum


Introducing my favorite popsicle yet: Sour Plum! Who knew? I'll be the first to say that I am not a self-confessed plum lover. I like them, but I don't love them. However, I do love anything sour and these popsicles fit the bill perfectly. I was lucky enough to find some little, underripe red plums at the Farmer's Market this past weekend. The little plums were just a tad bit bigger than a cherry, very cute.

I bought a container of the sour plums, just under 1-1/2 pounds for $6. These popsicles were going to be some of the more expensive ones, but I knew that I had to snatch up those plums. I knew that I wasn't likely to find them again. I'm so glad that I did as these are my favorite new popsicles. If you happen across some little baby plums, definitely gather them up and make these popsicles.

Sour Plum Popsicles
Adapted from Ice Pops by Shelly Kaldunski
Makes about 9 popsicles in the Zoku Quick Pop Maker
1-1/2 pounds underripe red plums (do not peel, skin is the tartest part)
1/3 cup superfine sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
pinch of salt
Cut the plums in half and remove the pits. Place the plums in a blender or food processor. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Process until the mixture is completely smooth.

If using conventional molds, divide the mixture among the molds. Cover and freeze at least 4 hours. If using sticks, insert them into the molds when the pops are partially frozen, after about an hour, then continue to freeze until solid, at least 3 more hours.

If using an instant pop maker (such as the Zoku) follow manufacturer's instructions.

Notes/Results: Wow! These popsicles are sour, sour, sour...almost like those little sour candies that you buy in the store. They had a very soft almost creamy texture and I loved them. If you love sour things, this is the popsicle for you! I did alter the recipe from what was in my book. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of lemon juice but I found that it wasn't enough and ended up using 1/3 cup lemon juice, which suited my taste. The recipe also calls for you to add in 1/3 cup water and I left it out. I didn't want to water the popsicles down.


I am submitting this to Two for Tuesdays!

Also, one of my very favorite local joints, Wallace Station in Versailles, KY, will be featured on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives tonight at 10pmEST on Food Network. I featured a post on them which you can find HERE. It is a very charming place, with lots of character and terrific food featuring local ingredients. Can't wait to see it on TV tonight!!

27 comments:

  1. I love sour, so these sound wonderful!

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  2. My mouth is watering as I read - I really love sour, these would suit me down to the ground!

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  3. These pops look delicious--I love how sour they are. I am sure they are very refreshing.

    I'll have to watch DDD to see your place. He just did some different places in Hawaii and it is fun to see places you love on there. ;-)

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  4. I love sour especially in things like ices and popsicles. You may or may not have just inspired me to go buy some lemon italian ice, actually.

    I'm going to be on the lookout for sour plums this weekend!

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  5. what a great idea of the Popsicles.
    I made the other day with orange juice and lemon juice.

    Regards

    olga.

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  6. Neve had a sour popsicle, these are so pretty, I'd be willing to give it a try ;)

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  7. What a great flavor! I caught the episode Triple D last night. It was great and reminded me that I need to get to Wallace station again.

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  8. I love surprises like this...when you aren't sure if it's something you'll like and then it turns out to be the best thing ever. Fun!

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  9. I never, EVER would have thought to use plums. They are not my favorite fruit, but I do love sour things! What a yummy idea!

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  10. I've never heard of these little sour plums...I am intrigued! I bet the popsicles were amazing...I am definitely running behind on my popsicle making this summer. Thanks for sharing it with Two for Tuesdays, Kim =)

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  11. I am not a huge sour taste lover but these look so delicious I may have to try them.

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  12. Wow that sounds like such an interesting flavour for popsicles! I love sour fruits so this would be great! Thanks for linking up to Two For Tuesdays!

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  13. These popsicles are charming and look really delicious. As it's a 90 + degree day here in Boston, I'd really love one. The recipe looks versatile as well. I don't have popsicle holders but I bet this would work as a sorbet too?

    Yum! Thanks.

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  14. I wish I could find that popsicle maker you have, it would be so much fun!

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  15. I puckered up just reading the recipe! Sounds perfect. Too bad that I'm reading this today instead of yesterday...I would've caught that episode of Diners, Drive ins, and Dives. Man vs. Food was showed their Cleveland episode last week. It was fun to see places I've been on national t.v.

    Are you in Ohio now? We're back. I know when I'm home visiting we've usually got a big agenda, but if you've got any extra time you can shoot me an email:krista@kristaskitchen.com Our week is pretty free.

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  16. I know I would love these!! I seriously need to go out and buy a Popsicle mold - you tempt me every week!

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  17. Ya had me at plums....love plums. That is some cookbook. I would never have thought you could have such variety with popsicles. Perfect for this awful heat.

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  18. Hey Kim, how do you like that zoku popsicle maker? I saw it at william sonoma and I lusted after it! Then I thought it might just be a faddy thing. My kids adore popsicles and if you like it i might just get it! Thanks for sharing the real food love on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop. Am now following you! :) alex

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  19. I love all your popsicles, Kim!These look and sound amazing!Perfect summer treat.

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  20. These look really good, Kim. And I love the color. Did you have trouble getting the skin pureed?

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  21. What a fun and unique Popsicle! I love the idea of using sour plums in a Popsicle. It's been so hot here lately and a nice refreshing Popsicle sounds so good right now. You can definitely inspired me! Thanks for joining our Two for Tuesday blog hop! :)

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  22. I love plums! Have never seen this little sour ones. The popsicles sound delicious and refreshing! I missed this episode - but I'm sure I'll be able to catch the rerun.

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  24. Kids would love this, especially those that are fascinated by sour candies.

    P.S. I've given you an award
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  25. I do love plums and have never seen tiny sour plums before. I'll have to be on the look out for them. This popsicle sounds refreshing for these hot summer days.

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  26. LOL! You must love it sour girl! Because I've popped those babies in my mouth and puckered twice over. I love sour plums too. This is the first recipe I've ever seen them in.

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