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Feb 1st

iceblocks

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Making iceblocks takes me back to my primary school years. It was one of those things my sister and I would always look forward to making in the summer months. The flavours we made were not particularly exciting or creative… usually orange juice or lemon juice, but it was nevertheless exciting to come home  after a hot day and pull out a perfectly moulded, home made, resfreshing iceblock.

I have tried to be a little more creative with my more recent rediscovery of iceblocks… but you be the judge. The original ice block holders were much simpler… i wish i still had them.

berryblock

The photos are a mish mash of a few different varieties i tried …some are of the strawberry, yoghurt and honey variety. I drizzled honey around the iceblock moulds before pouring the mixture in, but this really only works if you use frozen berries, otherwise the honey just sinks to the bottom of the mould. Others are of the berry and yoghurt variety.  My favourite so far has been the watermelon, ginger beer and frozen blueberry iceblock (no photos of this one sorry).

strawberriesyoghurthoney

I don’t really think this one needs  a recipe,  just take whatever fruit and flavours you think might work well together, blend them in a bowl, pour into moulds and freeze. And if you make too much, well, just freeze it in a tray, stirring occasionally until you make  sorbet. Ao instead, here are a few suggestions for tasty combinations…

When ready to serve, just run the moulds under a hot tap for a few seconds to release the iceblocks. Some of these ideas would also work well as an alcoholic ice block…something for your next summer Christmas party – just add vodka / white rum and you’re set (pun intended).

strawberry-iceblocks

/ watermelon and ginger beer blended, pour into the mould and add blueberries

/ lemon juice, grated ginger and a little soda/sparkling water blended, add finely sliced lime pieces and fresh mint leaves to the mould

/ ginger beer, raspberries, mint and finely sliced lime pieces (no blending required)

/ apple juice with finely sliced apple pieces (no blending required)

/  natural yoghurt, strawberries and honey blended

/ natural yoghurt, honey and fresh mango blended

/ frozen berries, natural yoghurt and honey blended, add frozen berries to the mould

/frozen bellini – champagne/sparkling wine and peach juice (stirred not blended)

/ creme anglaise, chocolate chips and raspberries (no blending required) – not the most healthy of suggestions, but damn good!

berry-yoghurt

 

ps. Please visit my toughest critics page as there is a new addition. :)

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