Sunday, August 28, 2011
But one cannot live on tomatoes alone (though I feel as if I've been trying). The cure for too many tomatoes? Well, actually, I don't know if there is a cure for that besides giving them all away to grateful friends and neighbors. But finding the sweetest smelling cantaloupe in my produce box last week certainly helped. I think my little one ate most of the first half of it all by himself. Don't you just love watching them gobble up ripe fruit, the juices dribbling down their chins? Ah, to be two again...The rest of the family helped him eat the remainder of the first half and we could have easily eaten the rest as well. But I had my eye on it for another purpose- popsicles.
From All Things Simple
Please, please, please use the best smelling and most perfectly ripe melon that you can for this recipe. You won't regret it. I got my popsicle molds in the dollar bin at Target, but you can really find them cheaply all over the place. Mine are a bit on the small side, so I cut back on the recipe I used as my guide. If yours are an average popsicle size, you may want to increase the amounts by half.
3 cups fresh cantaloupe, cubed (about half of a average sized melon)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 sup water
juice of 1 lime
In a small pot, mix together the water and sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool. (Incidentally, I found that I can also do this step in the microwave using a Pyrex measuring cup)
**NOTE** I have made popsicles using this same basic recipe, but swapping the cantaloupe for watermelon and adding about a dozen mint leaves. The result is a pretty, layered popsicle (the watermelon separates into a clear layer and a pink pulpy layer) with a refreshing hit of mint. Quite a nice way to use up one of those big melons.