Sunday, May 9, 2010
Popsicle of the Week: Rhubarb ......and a fun giveaway!!
I hope you all had a fantastic Mother's Day weekend! We spent the day relaxing and enjoyed a very tasty steak dinner, which we followed up with these tasty Rhubarb popsicles! Let me just go ahead and say that these rhubarb popsicles have been my favorite, so far. They were tart, sweet, and SO CREAMY! In fact, the consistency of the Rhubarb popsicle was like ice cream.
As soon as I saw the recipe for Rhubarb popsicles I was hooked. It was one of those recipes that stand out and stick with you until you get around to making it. When I spotted the first of the rhubarb at the market, you can bet I snagged it. I was on a popsicle mission.
Adapted from Ice Pops by Shelly Kaldunski
*Makes 10-12 ice pops
1-1/2 pounds rhubarb
2-1/4 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups water
pinch of salt
Trim the rhubarb stalks and then cut into 1/2-inch pieces. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and 1-1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the rhubarb and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb has softened, about 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Pour the rhubarb mixture into a blender or food processor and process until very smooth. If using conventional ice pop molds, divide the mixture among the molds. Cover and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. If using sticks, insert them into the molds when the pops are partially frozen, after about 1 hour, then continue to freeze until solid, at least 3 more hours.
Notes/Results: If you like rhubarb, then you will love this creamy popsicle. I do want to mention that this popsicle is very thick and therefore pretty darn hard to remove from the popsicle mold. I knew it was probably a little too thick to pour into the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, so I used my old-fashioned popsicle molds. I had to carefully remove them from the mold with a butter knife. They were well worth the extra step, but next time I will use the paper dixie cups as molds so that I can simply tear the paper cup away. Even though they were a little tricky to remove from the mold, there will definitely be a next time! I really liked this popsicle and found it unique and fun!
And now for the giveaway......................................................
One lucky reader is going to receive a copy of Shelly Kaldunski's new book Ice Pops! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, letting me know your favorite popsicle flavor! If you are a new reader, be sure to leave an email or way for me to contact you.
Sorry, the giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents.
Giveaway will run until next Sunday, May 16th at midnight EST. Winner will be selected by the random number generator and announced on Monday, May 17th. Good luck everyone! This is a really fun book.