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Watermelon and lime ice lollies (ice pops)

When I was a kid, growing up in Rio de Janeiro, my grandfather had a farm. It was only a couple of hours away and it was a very nice quiet place where we'd go for the weekend or part of our summer holidays. The farm produced very little that would justify it to be called a 'farm', but it did have a very large vegetable patch and we liked playing 'farmers' when we went there. There were small irrigation canals cut into the earth around the long beds which led all the way to a nearby brook and were filled with water that was always a good ten degrees lower than the air around us. Whenever we were up at the farm and decided to go 'do some planting', the first thin my dad would do when we arrived at the patch was to find a nice juicy watermelon and throw it into one of the canals. "That will be nice and cool when we are done!" And so it was that we played and ran and weeded here and there and finally were too hot to carry on under the Brazilian sun. So we'd all sit under the shade of a nearby tree and dad would fish the watermelon out of the water, unfold his penknife and cut slices for each of us to eat. It was the most refreshing thing in the world I will always always assimilate that giant orb of a fruit with a feeling of a recompense at the end of a hard day's work.

Ice Lolly mould
Ice Lolly mould

So a couple of weeks back I was watching a FoodWishes.com video on how to make watermelon agua fresca and a bulb lit up inside my head - Ice Lollies! I had a look around online and all I could find were moulds for kids. There is actually only ONE semi-serious lollies mould which allows you to use your own sticks.

Water Melon Ice Lollies

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups fresh watermelon chucks. No skin, only the red pulp of the fruit. (This should be the equivalent of a half a watermelon the size of a football)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 lime

How to make it

  1. Please the watermelon and the water in a blender and blitz for no more than a minute. You don't want to juice those seeds and all the watermelon goodness would have given up its juices a few seconds into this process.
  2. Sieve the resulting nectar into a jug and add the lime juice and simple syrup. Mix well to ensure the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Carefully pour the liquid into the lolly moulds, leaving 1/2 cm free at the top (ice expands you know...). Add the lolly sticks and place in the freezer till needed. To remove the ice lollies, place the mould on a shallow container with warm water and tug at the sticks. Wrap the ice lollies in waxed paper and leave in the freezer until the next heat wave.

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