I may owe some licensing fees to Mattel for these...
So apparently in food blog land it's popsicle week, which I didn't know was coming but the timing is fantastic, since I whipped these guys up last weekend. I'll just put these right here as my bandit contribution. It's the pinkest rebellion in the history of everything.
A few weeks ago a friend "forced" several meyer lemons on me from the crap ton that grow on her tree. Suddenly offered a mountain of lemons I had no idea what to do with, I panicked and politely only took four. Luckily, my stupidity still left me with exactly the right amount of lemon juice to mix with some leftover strawberry syrup I had lying around*, and once I topped it off with soda water, I had the most electric pink, refreshing, tart strawberry lemonade ever. It was crazy good, and I immediately wanted to replicate it.
*Apparently I have become this person. I'm rolling my eyes too.
But then, as so often happens, my brain kept running, right past "make more lemonade" to "make more lemonade but as popsicles". So I blended up some strawberries with lemon juice and condensed milk and created the prettiest and pinkest strawberry lemonade popsicles the exact color of the battery-powered Barbie convertible I drove when I was four.
Can a popsicle violate a color trademark? Lawyer friends please let me know.
It may be barely hot outside here in SF and I don't have that sweet ride anymore, but I'm going to go find a sunny spot to stand in and eat one of these, then close my eyes and pretend the wind whipping through my hair is from the breeze as I cruise down the driveway at a reckless 5 mph.
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Makes 10 popsicles in a standard mold.
3 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
2 Tbs sugar
juice of 4 lemons, regular or meyer or a mix
1 can sweetened condensed milk
- In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the sugar over the strawberries and let sit until strawberries have begun to release their juices.
- Using a blender or food processor, puree the strawberries until completely liquefied. Strain the puree to remove seeds, if desired. You should have roughly about 1 3/4 cup of puree.
- Pour the strawberry puree back into your mixing bowl, add lemon juice and stir to combine. Add condensed milk and whisk into the puree until the mixture is completely smooth and combined.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until hard.