For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are beginning to enjoy the warm weather. Though there are a few thunderstorms and tornados here and there, it is great to relax outside.
And while you can enjoy a nice cool drink, I thought I’d add to one of the popular posts on el chino latino cocina: paletas!
Last summer I posted a recipe that used my agua de Jamaica recipe with raspberries, Paletas de Jamaica con Frambuesa, inspired by Fany Gerson’s book, Paletas. We loved them and it seems others did too. Health and Tonic: Bienestar Integral was nice enough to take the time to translate the recipe into Spanish and post it on their website.
So here is another paleta recipe, but this time with two different flavors that work well together: apricots and chamomile.
Paletas de Chabacano y Manzanilla (Apricot and Chamomile Paletas)
1 ½ cups water
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh chamomile flowers (1/2 cup dried)
1 pound apricots, pitted and quartered
1 tablespoon, freshly squeezed lemon juice
Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and cook and stir over medium-high heat until the water boils and the sugar has dissolved.
Stir in the chamomile, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the flowers to extract as much liquid as possible. Return the syrup to the pot and add the apricots.
Cook them over medium heat until they are just soft. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool down. Stir in the lemon juice.
Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You can leave it a bit chunky if you’d like. Refrigerate until completely chilled.
Choose your freezing method:
Conventional molds: Divide the mixture among the molds, snap on the lid, and freeze until solid, about 5 hours.
Glasses or other molds: Freeze until the paletas are beginning to set (1 1/2 to 2 hours), then insert the sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours.
Instant popsicle makers: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: Here is a post by the author that includes some other delicious variations on the paleta.