Peach and Basil Cream Popsicles


When at the store buying popsicles for this post, I was thinking it would be fun to try and make my own popsicles with a slightly more sophisticated spin..


Although they're not boozy, they make a seriously tasty summer treat.  Brian and I  love spending time on the back porch when he gets home from work because it is so comfortable outside in the early evening this time of year; so I thought the popsicles would make a good addition!


I don't love desserts that are overly sweet and these have just the right amount of natural sweetness from the peaches and honey and and also balances well with the basil cream.  Peaches and basil are such a classic combination!  I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do!

Ingredients

5 peaches peeled and sliced
4 tbsp raw honey
5 tbsp water

2 cups heavy cream
1 tbsp granulated sugar
Handful of basil leaves


Instructions

1.  Place peaches and water in a saucepan on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes (until peaches soften).

2.  Remove from heat and stir in honey, then purée until there are no chunks.  Place puréed mixture into freezer for 25-30 minutes.

3.  Fill 1/3 of popsicle mold with pureed peaches then place in freezer for approximately 1 hour.  (I use this popsicle mold but this one and this one would work great too!)

4.  Place a metal bowl and whisk in freezer for 15 minutes.

5.  Meanwhile, heat heavy cream in saucepan until it starts to simmer.  Then remove from heat, add basil leaves (I like to rub the basil leaves in my hand a little bit to release the oils) and allow to infuse for 30 minutes.

6.  Remove basil leaves and place infused cream into cold metal bowl.  Mix in granulated sugar.

7.  Whisk until it just starts to thicken (you want to whisk until cream is less dense than peach purée).

8.  Add basil cream as 2nd layer (popsicle mold should now be 2/3 full).  Freeze approximately 1 more hour.

9.  Fill last of the mold with the rest of the peach-honey purée.  Using my mold, this is the point when I would insert the included popsicle sticks (it may take a little bit of effort to insert them).  Then freeze about 6 more hours.

Enjoy!

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