It’s 26 degrees, according to the weather widget on my dash, but it feels more like 30. The kitchen is filling up with provisions for Christmas Day. Fruit is piled high in the fruit bowls, bottles of ginger ale and lemonade stand regimented on the table, and the fridge and pantry are becoming steadily more crowded.
Elsewhere in the house, the last of the decorations have been placed. Festive runners now adorn various surfaces and Christmassy teddy-bears have been dug out from their year-long hiding. Table-cloths wait patiently to be laid out and the good dinnerware sits in gleaming stacks in the cupboard. Candle-holders have been cleaned. Now all that remains is to vacuum (again) and prepare Christmas lunch and dinner. As 1st Cleaner-uper and Chef’s Assistant, I expect to be on duty for the rest of the day.
But there’s one Christmas treat I’d like to share early, before I go and drag the hoover out of the cupboard (again). I present, for the first time in our household’s history, homemade fruit icy-poles!
This idea is one that I can proudly claim credit for, although it was really very simple.
Equipment: A mixing bowl and an electric mixer (or a blender) and a set of icy-pole moulds (I got ours from Ikea the other week).
Ingredients: Frozen raspberries (or blueberries, or mixed berries – whatever you like), a peach (mango would probably work as well), the juice of an orange (or other citrus fruit) and a large spoon of honey.
- Put the frozen raspberries in the mixing bowl (or blender) – you don’t need to unfreeze them.
- Skin and cut up the peach and put that in as well.
- Add the orange juice.
- Add the honey.
- Crush it all up with the mixer. Don’t worry about the consistency, so long as it’s not lumpy.
- Spoon the mixture into the icy-pole moulds.
- Put them in the freezer over night.
And that’s it. A festive frozen fruit treat for a hot Christmas Day. 🙂