It has been a hot, hawt summer down here in the Cape. Stick-to-your-seat, get-that-fan-on-now kind of hot. If you were a fly on the wall in our home you would witness a similar scene most afternoons. In an attempt to cool down, our three year old (having gradually discarded each item of her clothing as the afternoon has gone on) is usually running around with nothing on by supper time, and small items of clothing and empty princess water bottles are strewn all over the house. Maybe you have a toddler at home too and can relate - please say you do! It must seem a crazy sight.
Having endured some frightfully cold European winters and not so summery summers I do not want to complain too much about the heat, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to autumn just a tiny bit. Yet, in the spirit of summer here is a new recipe for you to enjoy.
In an attempt to beat the heat I whipped these up a few weeks ago. These easy to make yoghurt pops are a fantastic treat to keep in the freezer for those hot and sticky days. My little one loves this two tone snack and its a very effective way to get her to eat some extra fruit. Now, if only I could get her to stay fully clothed for an entire day...
Cook's note - I only a used a little honey in this recipe, but feel free to add more if you prefer your lolly to be a bit sweeter. This recipe would also work well with other kinds of berries and stone fruit, and you could even play around with different yoghurt flavours. Get the kids involved and have fun!
STRAWBERRY & PEACH YOGHURT POPS
250g fresh strawberries, stalks removed and halved
200ml plain yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp honey
3 peaches, peeled and stoned
6 x 100ml lolly moulds
Step 1.) Place the strawberries, 100ml of the yoghurt, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp honey in a food processor (or use a stick blender) and whizz until smooth and combined. Taste and add more honey if you prefer a sweeter lolly.
Step 2.) Divide the strawberry mix between the moulds, so that they are each half full. Place in the freezer for 1 hour, or until they are firm to the touch but still soft enough to insert the lolly stick.
Step 3.) Cut the peaches into chunks and whizz up along with the remaining yoghurt, vanilla and honey until combined. Again, you can add additional honey according to taste if you wish. Top up each lolly mould, insert the stick and leave to chill in the freezer until firm.