We have the Zoku Quick Pop maker from William-Sonoma and have given many to friends as gifts. It is so convenient because the pops freeze so quickly. So, if you happen to not plan ahead sometimes (ahem…) you can still have refreshing ice pops in 15 minutes! As great as it is, the Zoku has always been my husband’s “thing” and I honestly don’t know how to use it! He makes great, simple pops out of canned fruit nectars that are so light, refreshing and healthy. (I did get him the Zoku Quick Pops Cookbook for Father’s Day, so I expect to be posting a few of those recipes as he tries them!)
I, however, have some yummy-sounding recipes that called for old-school molds, so i bought these from Amazon. First up to try were these Vanilla Pudding Pops from Martha Stewart – cool, creamy and delicious – a great combo to help beat this crazy summer heat. Enjoy~
Vanilla Pudding Pops
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups whole milk
3 large egg yolks
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan – off heat – whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually whisk in milk and mix until all ingredients are dissolved. Whisk in egg yolks.
2. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the first large bubble sputters. Reduce heat to low; continue to whisk, and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir in vanilla extract.
3. Divide mixture among ten 3-ounce ice pop molds. Chill in refrigerator until cooled and thickened (about one hour). Insert pop sticks and freeze until solid, at least four hours. Run molds briefly under warm water to release molds.
Best eaten within 10 days.
Adapted from: Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food