When I think of summer I think of juicy red raspberries and cream. The combination is irresistible to me and I spend a good deal of time trying to find recipes and concoct delicious raspberry desserts. This inspiration is from pastry chef Bruno Aim and I know you and your family will find it delicious.
As far as ingredients go, we are fortunate in New England because raspberries enjoy a robust life cycle and are abundantly available for local picking during both summer and fall. I have been using the PYO guide to pick raspberries all over New England and am eager to share this incredibly easy and refreshing recipe - it's the perfect warm weather treat.
Rich and Creamy Raspberry Lemon Pops
zest from 1/2 lemon, minced
juice of half lemon, strained
2 tsp. lemon juice
100 ml water
100 grams sugar
250 grams Greek-style yogurt*
150 ml local heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbs. sugar
150 grams local raspberries
1. Heat water, sugar and juice of 1/2 lemon on medium heat about 5 minutes until a light simple syrup is formed. Cool.
2. Whisk together the cooled simple syrup, the yogurt and the lemon peel. Set aside.
3. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar to medium peaks to form a Chantilly cream.
4. Fold Chantilly cream into the yogurt lemon mixture. If you find it too sweet, add 1-2 tsp. lemon juice to taste.
5. Fold in raspberries.
6. Fill Popsicle trays and insert wooden Popsicle sticks. Freeze overnight and enjoy the next day.
If you don't make your own yogurt, here's an easy way to make a Greek style yogurt that works well in this recipe. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and fill it with Stoneyfield Farm's vanilla yogurt. Place the filled sieve over a bowl and let it drain in the refrigerator overnight. Discard the liquid and measure 250 grams of the now extra rich yogurt from the strainer for this recipe.
(Note: Leftover yogurt can be mixed with a splash of orange juice, vanilla, nuts and golden raisins for a flavorful snack).
By the way: Did you know raspberries have a long history dating back to the Roman era? Over time they became popular for their healing potential - so much so the King of England ordered raspberries to be planted all over the countryside. Later, it was George Washington who brought the first cultivated raspberries to America and planted them at his home in Mount Vernon. Who knew this little red wonder had such longevity!