Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Strawberry Yogurt Lollies

These homemade strawberry yogurt lollies are super refreshing and a doddle to make.  In fact it's a great child friendly recipe (though some supervision may be needed depending upon the age and skill of the child).  Containing fresh strawberries, yogurt and just a small amount of added refined sugar, these homemade popsicles are a great guilt free summer time treat.

How to make homemade strawberry yogurt lollies, with just a few basic ingredients.


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I apologise, the break in the recent heatwave which was being enjoyed by many here in the UK is down to me making our refreshing and tasty homemade Strawberry Yogurt Lollies!  It was almost like doing a little rain-dance!  I'm really not a fan of baking hot days.  Having a so-called English rose complexion of pale skin and blue eyes usually means I try to avoid being out in the hottest part of the day, in fact it has been known for me to spend far longer than usual down the freezer and chillier aisles in the supermarkets when the weather hots up!   

Of course ice cream and ice lollies are a great summer time treat for keeping cool too!  These homemade strawberry ice lollies were just what I needed last week.  Being made with yogurt does mean that these homemade strawberry lollies aren't as creamy as an ice cream, but depending upon your point of view that could be a good thing - after all there's fewer calories in yogurt than cream for a start!  As well as being super refreshing and tasty, they contain real fruit pieces and just a small amount of added refined sugar meaning that I can enjoy one without feeling guilty about it.  

How to make homemade strawberry yogurt lollies.  Fresh maserated strawberries are mixed with yogurt before freezing in a lolly mould.  They can be coated in chocolate and sprinkles once frozen.

These homemade popsicles are seriously easy to make.  A quick prep of the strawberries, mix with the yogurt and then spoon into the lolly moulds before popping into the freezer.  Now how easy is that!  In fact it's a great child friendly recipe for the summer months (though of course depending upon the child's age some supervision may be needed when chopping the strawberries and melting the chocolate!)


Coating Frozen Lollies in Chocolate 

Now a word of warning about coating your ice lollies in chocolate.  If you find that your popsicles are melting slightly or have any moisture on them at all don't dip them into the chocolate.  Seriously!  Any moisture getting into the chocolate will cause it to seize making it completely unworkable - its destination will be the bin!

I learnt this the hard way!  I'd intended to coat our strawberry lollies with a lovely white chocolate, though having seen a few on-line recipes and Youtube videos demonstrating the process I was in two minds about dipping them.  My instinct suggested that the chocolate could easily seize and yet they'd produced a popsicle with a beautiful neat chocolate line which made the homemade iced lolly look incredibly inviting.  My OCD tendencies really wanted that neat, crisp line.  I really should have listened to those reservations because as soon as the lolly, which was very slightly starting to melt, (after spending just 3 minutes taking a picture!) touched the white chocolate it seized instantly.  It was such a waste!     

So, rather than risking spoiling the chocolate simply use a spoon to coat it.  Granted there won't be a beautifully crisp line as you'd get by dipping, but that's surely a compromise worth taking rather than wasting good food!  


Recipe for making homemade strawberry yogurt lollies, finished with chocolate and sprinkles!

As for where to buy your plastic lolly moulds from, well this colourful set came from Sainsurys, though I'm more than sure lots of other high street and on-line retailers will sell something similar.  Although I love the look of a traditional lolly with a wooden stick, these were great for capturing those dribbles of strawberry yogurt!  





So, here's how to make Strawberry Yogurt Lollies




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Strawberry Yogurt Lollies
These homemade strawberry yogurt lollies are super refreshing and a doddle to make.  In fact it's a great child friendly recipe (though some supervision may be needed depending upon the age and skill of the child).  Containing fresh strawberries, yogurt and just a small amount of added refined sugar, these homemade lollies are a great guilt free summer time treat.
Details
Hands on time:      Yield: 4

Specific Equipment
    Plastic Lolly moulds (see note d below)
Ingredients
For the lollies
  • 8 Strawberries
  • 2 tsp Caster Sugar
  • 6 tbsp Vanilla Yogurt
To decorate
  • 100g Chocolate (use either white, milk or dark)
  • your preferred Sprinkles, such as hundreds & thousands and freeze dried strawberries.
Method
1. Prepare the strawberries. Wash, hull and quarter the strawberries. Place into a bowl and scatter with sugar. Set aside for 5 - 10 minutes. The strawberries will start to produce juice. Use the back of a fork to breakdown the strawberries.2. Mix with the yogurt. Spoon the yogurt into a bowl. Add the prepared strawberries and juice. Mix together. 3. Fill the lolly moulds. With a teaspoon fill the lolly moulds. Bang the moulds on the counter top to ensure there is no trapped air. Avoid over filling them, aim to leave about 1cm clear from the top of the lolly mould. 4. Clean. If necessary use a clean cloth, slightly dampened, to clean the top of the moulds. 5. Freeze. Position the lolly sticks and affix the lid of the mould. Place into the freezer the right way up. Freezer for at least 4 hours.6. Melt the chocolate. Break the chocolate into a glass bowl. Position it over a pan of water, ensuring the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Set the pan over a low to medium heat to allow the chocolate to melt.  Use a spatula to move the chocolate around as it melts.7. Prepare sprinkles etc. Meanwhile place any sprinkles or freeze dried strawberries into small bowls. 8. Remove the yogurt lollies. Remove the lollies from the moulds carefully. If this is proving difficult sit the base of the lolly mould in some warm water for a few seconds and then try to remove them again.9. Decorate the lollies. Dip the lollies in the chocolate one by one, and immediately coat in your chosen sprinkles! (IMPORTANT: See notes a & b below)10. Enjoy! 
Notes: a) If your lolly is starting to melt, or has any moisture on it at all, DO NOT dip the lolly in the melted chocolate. The moisture from the lolly will immediately seize the chocolate making it completely unworkable. If there is any moisture on the lolly, simply use a spoon to drapes it over the lolly like we did.  If in any doubt, avoid dipping them and coat them using a spoon! b) The chocolate will set almost immediately once in contact with the frozen lolly.  Therefore decorate each lolly individually before coating the next lolly in chocolate. c) Carefully wrap any spare lollies in greaseproof paper and place into an airtight container before freezing. d) If you don't have any lolly moulds consider using small yogurt containers with wooden sticks reserved from shop bought lollies.










 

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24 comments:

  1. These look brilliant, what lovely photos. I like the idea of using yoghurt in the ice lollies, I usually just use fruit juice. #CookBlogShare

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    1. Thankyou so much kate, that's really kind of you to say :-) I love the idea of using fruit juice in them - I'll have to try that the next time the sun comes out :-)
      Angela x

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  2. Awww, they look delicious. I'm not sure I would have the courage to dip yoghurt lollies in melted chocolate. It sounds risky.

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    1. Thankyou :-) It was Anca - I wish I'd listened to my instincts too!
      Angela x

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  3. I think you were so right not to dip the lollies in chocolate it is always going to be a recipe for disaster. (I have done a lot of chocolate work over the years, so I know I also know how much cheating can go on before those line perfect lolly pictures appear) Personally I love the look of the ragged chocolate line they make the lollies look artesian and homemade and delicious. I have no OCD tendencies what so ever! The chocolate is going to be a bit thicker too which has to be a plus

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    1. Thicker chocolate sounds like a good eneough reason to simply spoon it over to me Jacqui :-) I've read of one or two food styling 'tricks' too - it's amazing what goes on in the professional world that we wouldn't dream of doing in the home kitchen. Thankyou Jacqui, once I'd got over my disappointment i was happy with how they turned out :-)
      Angla x

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  4. Wow!! These look so refreshing and delish ..And I can't get over the fact that they are healthy too :D I am going to make these soon! Thanks for sharing Angela :*

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    1. Aw thankyou Deepika, you can't beat a few fresh strawberries and yogurt - and of course a little bit of chocolate isn't going to hurt anybody :-) Infact, some people consider chocolate to be healthy ;-)
      Angela x

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  5. your lollies look so pretty Angela, and I know two boys who would love these as they look a little like fab lollies. Yours, of course, are much healthier and I am sure taste much nicer too x

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    1. Thankyou Jenny, they do have a look of a fab lolly don't they - but of course, as you say, these just have ingredients which we can pronounce :-)
      Angela x

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  6. These look so pretty & yummy 😋 #recipeoftheweek

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  7. These look amazing Angela! They're definitely a recipe one of my kids would love. They're both big fans of ice lollies but one of them hates yoghurt. It's always worth trying to con her though!

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    1. Aw what a shame she's not keen on yogurts Corina. it'd be interesting to see if she picks it out as yogurt (though i must say i could tell it was yogurt but there again I obviously knew what was in them!) Thanks for your lovely comment,
      Angela x

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  8. Drool worthy..it is refreshing not only for kids but grown-up too

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  9. Fab idea, Angela! My kids would love these!! I wonder if you could get that crisp line from first coating the lollies with a spoon and then dipping? Essentially getting a double coating of chocolate...which is never a bad thing! Eb x

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    1. Ooh that's an idea Eb - and I love the idea of getting a double coat of chocolate - i shall have to try that idea out :-)
      Angela x

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  10. You've made yogurt look so good! I love the idea of dipping these in chocolate only half way, makes them look so colourful and appealing:)

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  11. Never mind the kids, I want these in the freezer for me! These not only look amazing but sound so yummy and healthier than shop bought lollies! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. Hahaha, thankyou Kirsty :-) You're more than welcome, it's a great linky,
      Angela x

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  12. Beautiful lollies and so easy too. It would be me and hubby by the freezer fighting our boys to get our hands on them! I love such easy, no fuss recipes and the raggedy look of spooned on chocolate is perfect! x

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