Summery, refreshing and slightly shilpet.
My children absolutely love lemons.
Serve some lemon wedges at mealtime with some salmon or with pancakes and you’ll find my younger two children sucking the juice out of the wedges with positive glee. They’ll nibble away at every bit of the fruit so that there is only a bare rind left.
As such, these fruity lemonade ice lollies have been made with their love of lemons in mind, with very little added sugar.
I’ve made them with fruit sugar, not because of any preference for fruit sugar or perceived benefits (sugar is sugar is sugar, innit), but because I bought a packet of fruit sugar about six months ago on a whim, and it’s been sitting neglected in the back of my cupboard ever since. It was nigh time I used some of it.
I discovered this quick five minute lemonade recipe years ago. Blitz whole lemons with some water and sugar to taste, strain, dilute with fizzy water (or white wine!) and enjoy! You could even try it with honey, maple syrup, agave or any other type of sugar. Experiment and see what works best for you!
Take care when using a high powered blender though, as you don’t want to incorporate the pith of the lemon into the water or you’ll end up with a bitter drink. You just want to get the juice out and leave loads of whole lemon bits floating at the top.
Taste test when you’re done, and if you think it needs a bit more sugar add some. This recipe is on the eye-twitching side of lemony. There’s a perfect Shetland dialect word to describe it: shilpet. That kind of sour that makes your eye twitch and your face distort, but you keep going back. Just how my kids like it.
Pack whatever fruit you happen to have (or like) into the ice lolly moulds before filling them up with fresh lemonade. I used fresh cherries and strawberries which were both desperately needing used up – I’d bought them at a reduced price on their best before date, and they were already several days over that.
Packing fruit into the ice lolly moulds before adding the lemonade means that each lolly contains a portion of fruit, contributing to your five (or is it seven or ten these days?) a day. They taste awesome and they’re good for you too.
We enjoyed our ice lollies in the evening sun after a day’s festivities at a local Wild West Fest (hence the face paint and plaid shirts!) before getting chased off our local beach by some feeding tirricks (Arctic terns).
Fruity Lemonade Ice Lollies
- 2 whole lemons unwaxed
- 500 ml cold water
- 65 grams fruit sugar (add more to taste)
- fresh fruit (strawberries, cherries, blueberries, etc.)
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- Wash the whole lemons and cut into quarters.
- Place into a blender and pulse for 10 seconds or so, until the lemon is properly chopped up. Take care not to over mix, especially in a high powered blender, as the lemon pith can make the lemonade bitter. You just want to incorporate the lemon pieces into the water.
- Leave the lemonade for a few minutes while you slice the fruit into pieces.
- Fill your ice lolly moulds with fruit. Pack as much as you can get in there.
- Using a wire sieve or a nut milk bag, strain the lemonade.
- Taste test. Add more sugar if you feel it needs it, or keep as is if you want a proper lemony kick to your ice lollies.
- Pour lemonade into each of the ice lolly moulds. Insert a wooden lolly stick (the fruit will keep it in place) and place into a freezer for 6 hours.
- Unmould and serve!
LINKING UP WITH A FEW FOOD BLOGGING CHALLENGES
Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream challenge by Kavey Eats – this month the theme is ice lollies
Tea Time Treats from The Hedgecombers and Lavender & Lovage – theme: BBQ fodder
No Waste Food Challenge by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Credit Crunch Munch by Fab Food 4 All and Fuss Free Flavours
Simple & in Season by Ren Behan
OTHER ICE LOLLY RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE
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