Right now the greenmarkets and stores are starting to get in the wonderful stone fruit of the season: nectarines, plums, peaches, apricots…to me, these gorgeous fruits means summer is here!
Besides being wonderful to eat as is, or in a tart or crisp, they’re ideal for homemade popsicles, pureed they are almost creamy, and every bite is full of flavor. And the colors are really beautiful to behold. How will your children resist this fruity treat on a hot afternoon? How will you?
To prepare the fruit you need to peel off the skin, the easiest way to do this is make an “X” on the bottom with a paring knife, and plop them for a few seconds (just a few! you don’t want peach soup) in boiling water then take them out and peel, cut in half, de-stone, and chop into small chunks.
From there it’s fairly easy: put the chunks of 5-6 apricots or peaches or nectarines or a mix of all three in the blender, along with 1/2 a cup of white grape juice, and puree. Pour mixture into your molds (I’ve written before about how much I love these rocket molds), leaving a bit at the top so the liquid can expand while it freezes.
You can also have your kids swirl in a couple of teaspoons of Greek yogurt mixed with a little honey, this make pretty swirly pops.
All that’s left to do is enjoy–and make sure to have fun with your concoction, nectarine and peach, apricot and raspberry…it’s all delicious!