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Countdown to Christmas Menu – Festive Fruit Lollies

Posted on December 22, 2011 by in desserts

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Count down to Christmas? Happy days my friend, we are 6 days away from Christmas and hopefully in two days, I will be joining my family for our very short holiday. By now my mom’s kitchen will be running almost 24/7 in preparation for our Christmas Feast! Our holiday has barely started and yet we have had so many parties and farewells and year-end functions that my body is already saying: “hands-up!”

I cannot remember when I last I felt hungry sitting down for a meal, I also find it difficult to skip a meal because it is a very tough call to decline some of the delicious food on offer. What is the solution then? I started looking for healthier alternatives, food and desserts that are still delicious to eat, but just a little lighter on the calories. Not so difficult after all. I know this time of the year it is easy to eat salads and grill some fish which are both healthier options, but it is a dessert department that causes the most havoc in my life. Who can resist a creamy, dreamy pavlova or a trifle or your own homemade ice-cream? Sadly though, these desserts all have one goal and that is to find the quickest path to my hips and thighs where they will just pile up and stay!

 

There is a solution! Fruit, yes luscious and juicy fresh fruit! Now look, if I had to present my children with a bowl of fresh fruit instead of dessert at the end of a meal, I will most probably have no takers, but they had no resistance for these Festive Fruit Lollies.

Before I proceed with the recipe, I just want to say that yes, there is sugar in these lollies, but compared to the fruit that they will be eating, the sugar is only a little and still it is better than rich and creamy desserts. For grown-ups you can add some alcohol in the form of vodka or even gin or whatever else you fancy, but just be cautious with the quantities or else the alcohol will prevent your lollies from freezing completely.

First you have to make the sugar syrup. I make a double batch of this syrup and keep it in the fridge so whenever there is fruit that is too ripe to eat( my kids think a slight bruise is bad) or we have too much fruit, I can make fruit lollies in no time.

 

Festive Fruit Lollies

For the sugar syrup

250ml water

250ml white sugar

Place a pot on the stove and melt the water and sugar together until all the sugar has dissolved. Boil for about 1 minute. Pour into a glass jar and cool until needed.

You can flavor your syrup with basil, mint, lemon grass, cardamom, lime or lemon zest.

To make the lollies

Simply wash and remove all pips and leaves from the fruit and puree the fruit in your food processor. Now add some sugar syrup until it is to your liking. Add the alcohol if using. Pour the mixture into individual lollie molds or use a plastic bowl if you are making sorbet. Place into the freezer and allow to harden completely. If you are making sorbet, just take a fork and every 15 minutes break up the ice crystals to ensure a smooth sorbet.

When ready to serve, fill a big bucket or bowl with ice and place the fruit lollies with some more fresh fruit on the ice.

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5 Responses to “Countdown to Christmas Menu – Festive Fruit Lollies”

  1. Helene 23 December 2011 at 6:37 am #

    These are beautiful. We are busy in the kitchen also. Merry Christmas!

  2. Jane-Anne 26 December 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    These look so fresh and tempting, Nina. I don't much like pudding but I love fruit lollies! Perfect for this hot weather. Hope you had a great Christmas and I wish you and your family all the best for 2012.

  3. Anonymous 4 January 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Those look really super. But couldn't help posting this:

    Trifle and pops!

    http://www.spatula.co.za/make-ice-lollies-with-zoku-trifle-pops/


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