We're only two weeks in, but I am really loving summer vacation. Sleeping in until 8am, hanging out all day with my 4 favorite people in the world (my kiddies), and spending time with visiting friends & relatives from the US...It really doesn't get much better! Mid-morning, the kiddies and I walk downtown to do our grocery shopping for the day. Once we're done, we sit in El Jardin (the town square/plaza) to do a little people watching. Sometimes, when it's really hot, we'll stop at the paleteria (ice cream & popsicle shop) for agua fresca, ice cream and/or paletas (ice pops) to help us keep our cool.
In the afternoons, I'll sit out on the sidewalk enjoying the cool afternoon breeze while watching the kiddies play with all the neighborhood kids. Again, when it's really hot, we'll buy an icy cool treat from whoever stops by first: the ice cream truck or the paletero (popsicle vendor). But sometimes when it's too hot to walk the two blocks to the nearest paleteria and we don't even feel like venturing out to our sidewalk, the kiddies and I head into the kitchen to make our own paletas. And that's just what Girlichef and I are making for this month's installment of She Made / Ella Hace.
Our favorite paletas to make this summer have been these Paletas de Jamaica y Limón (Hibiscus Flower & Lime Ice Pops). The subtle floral taste and aroma from the dried hibiscus flowers combined with the tartness of the lime juice make for one tart and refreshing paleta. And the color is just stunning.
Paletas de Jamaica y Limón (Hibiscus Flower & Lime Ice Pops)
(Recipe adapted from Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless)
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar; mix together until the sugar has completely dissolved. Cook the dried hibiscus flowers in the sugar water over medium-low heat until . Let cool to room temperature. Stir in lime juice. Pour into paleta molds or small plastic/paper cups. Let freeze for about 35 to 40 minutes before inserting sticks. (Or if you're using plastic cups and are afraid you'll forget to insert the sticks, cover the plastic cups with a small piece of aluminum foil. Pierce the center just barely with the tip of a knife. Insert popsicle sticks or plastic spoons.)
Freeze for 3 hours or overnight. Enjoy!!!
Now go visit Girlichef's blog to check out her recipe for Paletas de Crema y Cereza con Tequila (Sour Cream, Cherry & Tequila Ice Pops)!
If you're looking for more paleta recipes or have a popsicle recipe you would like to share, Girlichef is hosting The Summer of the Popsicle 2012. Visit her blog for more details.
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