Now that the better weather seems to have arrived in Scotland (fingers crossed), I thought it was time to make some ice pops to cool us all down. There is nothing better than a cool treat on a hot day.
Homemade ice pops are a healthy summer treat without any artificial flavours and I love making these as they can be so versatile and you can play about with the ingredients to make exactly what your kids love.
I’ve made strawberries and cream pops as I love the flavour combination and they are so refreshing with chunks of frozen strawberries throughout. Once you’ve made these lollies you’ll never want to buy supermarket ones again. Fun, colourful and easy to make.
1. First start by chopping the strawberries into chunks small enough to fit into the ice pop moulds. Fill the moulds with the strawberries pushing down the chunks to the bottom of each mould and filling them to the top.
2. Next pour the Jersey milk, yoghurt, cordial and cornflour into a pan and whisk together over a medium heat adding in the sugar until it reaches boiling point and starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
3. Pour the cream mixture into the strawberry filled moulds, making sure to press down with a small spoon to release any air bubbles. Fill each mould to the top, pop in the sticks and put in the freezer overnight.
All we can think of right now is ice-lollies! And strawberries! I'm with Gill on preferring home made to shop bought and with super tasty, extra sweet Perthshre berries in great abundance right now why would you do anything else.
We've been munching our way across Perthshire and we can confirm that Mains of Errol Fruit Shack, The Strawberry Shop, Martins Fruit Bazaar, Provender Brown and Glendoick Garden Centre all have amazing local strawbs that would taste wonderful in a lolly!
Please don't be put off using the creamy jersey milk; around a third of jersey milk’s fat is the healthy monounsaturated kind, which is associated with lowering blood pressure and keeping the heart healthy. And as well as all the usual benefits that come from drinking a real, whole food, Jersey milk contains more vitamin A and D than any other milk. It also contains 18 per cent more protein and 20 per cent more calcium than regular milk.
Not only is it perfect for growing bones but its also good for you!
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Nicki XBy Nicola Martin