Hot Singapore days call for an icy treat. Making your own popsicle, (or ice lolly or icy pole, depending on where you’re from) with fresh fruit at home is simple. They taste great without a preservative or artificial food colouring in sight and all the sweetness comes from natural fruit – plus there’s no added refined sugar. Don’t worry too much about quantities or making them look perfect – get your kids to try different fruits and come up with their own flavours. Making these treats together is a great school holiday activity – or whip up a big batch for your next pool party!
Some flavours to try:
Mango and a little lime zest
Pure orange juice, not from concentrate
(Takes 5 minutes plus freezing time)
1. Peel and destone (if need be) your chosen fruit and whizz to a purée in a food processor. You can pass the purée through a sieve if you like, pressing with a spoon to remove the pips from berries and kiwis. You can also thin down with a splash of water to make the fruit go further.
2. Decant into moulds. Add a little lime zest to your mango lollies if you like.
3. Put your wooden sticks in and freeze.
4. To remove your lollies, boil the kettle and pour hot water into a large bowl. Now run your mould back and forth through the hot water a few times and gently lift each lolly out of its mould by its stick. Standard moulds are readily available in Singapore from IKEA, Kitchenary@Redmart and ToTT.
Photography courtesy of Emily Kerrigan.