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Tuesday, July 8, 2008


summertime treats :: raspberry lemon pops!

i saw this fabulous post on the blog Dessert First. and i was inspired to try the recipe. who wouldn't be!? looks yum, right?

my son has been ice cream obsessed lately, so i thought it was time to try a healthier version. that way i could say yes a little more often! i tweaked the recipe a bit. notes are below. but i have to say these were a SUPER yummy treat. indeed.

from Dessert First (hopefully it's okay to reprint!)

You can place the yogurt into a cheesecloth-lined strainer or colander and place over a bowl. Fold the cheesecloth around the yogurt and place the whole setup into the refrigerator overnight to let the yogurt drain. You will need more than 3 cups of regular yogurt to yield 3 cups after it's been strained. Or, you can use Greek yogurt, which has already been strained and is thick and creamy. The more fat the yogurt contains, the richer the frozen result will be, naturally, but the 2% yogurt I used yielded quite excellent results and it's not necessary to use full-fat yogurt (not to mention it might negate its touted healthfulness!)

3 cups plain strained regular yogurt, or Greek yogurt - i used the full-fat. i couldn't help myself.

1 to 1 1 /2 cups sugar (to taste) - i used less sugar. trying to keep it somewhat healthy for the boy. i went with 1/2 cup and it was plenty sweet.

1 cup lemon juice -i knew my son would not like it if i went too lemony so i cut this to about half a cup.

1 tablespoon lemon zest -again, cut this down a bit. for the kids' sake.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir together until the sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate the mixture for a couple of hours until it is thoroughly chilled. - there is no mention of how many raspberries to use, so we just added them until we liked the color. we mixed them right in, so they were not whole. the boy enjoyed so mashing them up!

Freeze in an ice cream maker per manufacturer's instructions.

When it has reached the consistency of soft serve, you can either scrape into a container and freeze overnight, or divide among popsicle molds and then freeze overnight. You can swirl the raspberries into the mixture before you freeze the yogurt. If you are making popsicles, you may want to cut the raspberries into pieces so you don't have large frozen berries in the pops.

evidence of the yumminess!

thanks Dessert First!

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Blogger K-Nut said...

Oh, boy---these look so yummy!! I love frozen treats!

July 10, 2008 at 10:19 PM  

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