Saturday, July 2, 2011

Strawberry Basil Popsicles

Nothing is quite so disappointing as bringing home a beautiful pint of strawberries, taking a bite, and finding them just a bit too sour.  While jams or pies are certainly good options for these unfortunate berries, they don't exactly showcase the freshness of the fruit.  Using them for popsicles, on the other hand, allows you to sweeten them up and keep them bright, cool, and refreshing.

- 1 pint strawberries
- 8 fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 c. water

- Combine the sugar and water in a small pot and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
- Hull the strawberries and combine them with basil leaves and simple syrup in a blender.
- Blend until liquified.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds.  You can strain it if you want, but I like the slight texture of the little bits of pulp, leaves, and seeds.
- Freeze until solid.

Oh, and pardon the dirty fingernails.  I'd just come in from the garden: the best time to have a popsicle, indeed.


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