Friday, July 16, 2010

Recipe Fridays: Mango Paletas

The best way (or perhaps just the tastiest) to cool down in the summer heat is by eating popsicles, ice creams, and other frozen treats. Recently, in the foodie community I've noticed a resurgence in Mexican-style popsicles: las paletas. Not only are they easy to make, but they are relatively healthy. Full of fresh fruit, juices, and sometimes cream. Since I don't have my very own recipe I tried out one posted on iVillage (which is also below). Experiment with other unique flavors--tamarind, watermelon, coconut, pineapple, etc. Delicious!

3 ripe apricots
1/2 cup water
pinch of salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 ripe mango
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Cut up apricots. Put the pieces of apricot with the water and sugar in a pot. Heat until sugar dissolves; remove from heat and cool completely. Cut and peel the mango. Put the mango and apricot mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Mix in lime juice. Divide mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

Read more about the popsicle and shaved ice trend here and here. And if you are in NYC try out these paletas.

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