The circling of the wagons, for the umpteenth time. Thank you, so much. And please forgive me for not responding to the comments, all of which I read and treasured (except for, you know, the hateful ones). I got a little emotionally bogged down, and, also, we were somewhere (cough *my parents’* cough) with only dial-up internet access. I admit to being surprised that, in support of niceness, people would think to call my heartbreakingly kind and wonderful 10-year-old daughter a “snotty little bitch.” And, also, that it turns out we *should* be encouraging our kids to interact with leering strangers. Who knew? Okay. Letting it go. Breathing. . . Thanks to a friend of mine, I was reminded of this piece I wrote when Birdy was two. She has always been herself, that kid.
Moving on to. . . Plum Popsicles!
And let me say this: if you are a little ho-hum about popsicles? As I typically have been? This recipe will change your life. These are absolutely the best popsicles I have ever tasted. They are fragrant, bursting with plummy flavor and plummy chunks, perfectly sweet-tart, tender-textured, and stunningly gorgeous.
Full disclosure, we only thought to make these because the
plums we got were so, so good: red and juicy and full of flavor. (I cannot
recommend red plums enough. The yellow-fleshed black ones I do not understand.) In
fact the plums were so good that I could hardly bring myself to cook them. But
it always seems, with a new cookbook, that you should follow exactly the first
recipe you try, and I’m so glad we did.
Fuller disclosure: I requested People’s Pops from our
library because last year, on the High Line in New York, we bought and ate a
sour cherry-plum pop from their cart. And I said, like the Sesame Street
Grouch I can be, “Three dollars for a popsicle? It better be good.” And it was.
In fact, it was the best popsicle I had ever tasted. Until now.
|These are the yogurty ones. Pretty, no?|
|If you're waiting for it at the Amherst library, I am *so* sorry! Almost done!|
|The High Line, back when Birdy had long hair and my mum was almost as gorgeous as she is now.|
That was only one thing. The other is that I finally bought this popsicle mold, after keeping it unbought in my shopping cart on Amazon for so long that they actually changed the material of the lid from metal to plastic. I am overjoyed and only wish I'd sucked it up to buy it sooner. They are real popsicles, with real sticks, and the molds are BPA-free. Totally worth it.
Makes 10 pops
This recipe is from the People’s Pops cookbook. We followed it to the letter, and the results were nothing short of spectacular. Plus, the recipe made the exact right amount of mixture, which I love.
1 ¼ pounds plums (about 12 small or 5 large), halved
1 cup simple syrup
Heat the oven to 350. Place the plums cut-side down on a cookie sheet, then roast until the skins and flesh have significantly softened, 20 to 40 minutes. [Our plums were so fragrant and beautiful, that we stopped at 20. Also, I lined my cookie sheet with foil and then parchment, because I wasn’t confident about its non-reactivity, and the recipe was not for Plum & Rust popsicles.]
Once the plums are cool enough to touch, removed and discard the pits, and whiz the plums, skins and all, in a food processor, though feel free to leave the puree somewhat chunky. You should have about 2 1/8 cups of puree.
Transfer the pureed plums to a measuring pitcher with a pouring pout and stir in the simple syrup. The mixture should be sweet yet slightly tart.
Pour the mixture into your ice pop molds, leaving a little bit of room at the top for the mixture to expand. Insert sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Unmold and transfer to plastic bags for storage or serve at once.
Makes 1 cup
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water