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Friday, July 19, 2013

Fresh Figsicles



Fresh figs are one of summer's most fabulous fruit gifts, and when they come to you as a gift from the California Fig Advisory Board, they're even more fabulous.

Calimyrna's from DeBenedetto Orchards on the right



Now is the time for the plump, beautifully light chartreuse colored Calimyrna variety. Try ever so hard to refrain from eating every last one of them immediately out of hand.  With just 3 of these sweet, succulent fruits you can create this cool, refreshing, easy recipe that will make you scream for ice cream - Figsicles, that is.

FIGSICLES (makes 4)
1 cup almond milk
3/4 cup natural sugar (think I'll try honey next time)
6 oz. Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. orange blossom water
3 calimyrna figs

Before you get started on the main recipe, take 1 fig, cut it into little chunks, place on a tray with parchment paper, and freeze (about 1 hour).

Put the milk and sugar in a saucepan and cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and whisk in the yogurt, orange blossom water, and the insides of the 2 remaining figs.  Put this mixture in the fridge for about an hour to chill.

Take your sicle molds (mine has 4) and drop a chunk of frozen fig in the bottom of each.  Pour in some of the creamy mixture.  Drop in more chunks.  Pour in more mixture.  Seal the molds and freeze completely.

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For the inspiration recipe, way better pictures, and way cooler looking figsicles visit http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2012/08/30/fig-vanilla-and-sour-cream-popsicles/
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For more info on fresh figs visit http://www.melissas.com/Products/Products/Figs.aspx.

6 comments:

  1. These look lovely, Nancy! Didn't even think you could use a fig this way-good for you! They're so healthy too!

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    1. Thanks Christina! I've been wanting to do fun, frozen treats for a while. Wouldn't it be great to do some grown-up boozy versions, e.g., piña colada, or even something savory - frozen bloody Mary on a stick? Everyone in the pool!

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    2. Thanks Christina! I've been wanting to do fun, frozen treats for a while. Wouldn't it be great to do some grown-up boozy versions, e.g., piña colada, or even something savory - frozen bloody Mary on a stick? Everyone in the pool!

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  2. Nancy, what a great idea! We just picked 3 figs from our tiny trees! I wonder if these could be made with something other than popsicle molds.

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    1. You can use plastic cups - fill them 1/2 full and place in the freezer until frozen enough to put a Popsicle type stick inside, pour more mixture into the cup and return to the freezer until solid. Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Thanks, Nancy, great idea! I love your Moroccan touch of orange blossom water with the figs!

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