Cherry & Blueberry Paletas

It’s summer days like we’ve been seeing in New York City: sunny, balmy and 90 degrees, when I find myself wondering around the city in search of a park and an icy treat.   I usually find myself at Ralph’s Famous Italian Ice.  However, when it comes to summer rooftop parties with friends, I love to share my homemade paletas.  Paletas are Latin American ice pops, made out of fresh fruit and can either be water based or cream based.  What I love about paletas is that you can get as creative as you want, adding multiple fruits, herbs and sometimes your favorite spirit.  Today’s paleta is an adaption from a blog I follow, www.lottieanddoof.com

These creamy paletas are loaded with juicy cherries and blueberries, followed up with a hint of lemon and rosemary.  I’m from Texas, so the ones we are making today are “adult paletas” because they have a little kick of bourbon.  Let’s get started.

Ingredients:Ingredients (NXPowerLite)

  • ½ cup of each:  pitted cherries and blueberries
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice + zest
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite bourbon
  • 1 ½ cups of 2% milk
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise for seeds, plus pod
  • 1 ½ cups of sour cream

Instructions: step 1 (NXPowerLite)

  • Pit ½ cup of cherries.
  • Add ½ cup of cherries,  ½ cup of blueberries,  powdered sugar and a sprig  of rosemary to a saucepan.
  • Bring this to a boil, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Lower heat, adding lemon juice and zest, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a thick consistency.  Remove rosemary sprig.
  • Remove from heat and add the bourbon.
  • Stir and refrigerate until cooled.
  • In another saucepan, combine milk, sugar, vanilla bean (split and scrap seeds in the pan + add pod) and salt in saucepan.
  • Cook on medium heat until boiling and sugar dissolves.  Be sure not to burn. step 2 (NXPowerLite)
  • Remove from heat and remove vanilla pod.
  • Whisk in sour cream until mixture is completely smooth.
  • Place mixture in refrigerator to cool completely.
  • Pour ½ of sour cream mixture in Popsicle mold.  Add a dollop of cherry mixture.
  • Use a knife to gently position cherry mixture in molds.
  • Add remainder of sour cream mixture to molds and top off with cherry mixture.  Use knife again to evenly distribute cherry mixture in molds.
  • Freeze until solid.  About 1 hour.
  • Remove from freezer, head outside and share with friends.

Enjoy your summer treat!

step 3 (NXPowerLite)