Monday, June 27, 2011

Paletas de Mango

Paleta is the Spanish word for popsicle. The first time I ever traveled to Mexico, I was introduced to the world of paletas. I couldn't believe the variety of flavors. There was mango, watermelon, strawberry, and lime. Mexico has so many different types of fruit and they are all showcased in the delicious popsicles.
There are two different kinds of paletas: paletas de agua and paletas de crema. Paletas de agua are water-based and contain fruit and other ingredients. On the other hand, paletas de crema are milk-based and also contain fruit. These mango popsicles are paletas de agua, but I must say that they taste like eating a mango on a stick. Have you ever eaten a mango on a stick? That's another joy of Mexico. In this recipe I used Manila mangos which are also known as Ataulfo mangos. They are smaller, have and orangey yellow skin when ripe. The fruit is buttery, sweet, and delicious.
Paletas de Mango (Click here for printable recipe) Recipe Source: Adapted from My Sweet Mexico by Fany Gerson

Sugar Syrup ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup water

-Combine the sugar and water in a small pot and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Mango Puree About 6 medium mangos 1 medium lime

-Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice of both halves into a blender.

-Peel and cut the mangoes and add to blender.

-Pulse until the mangoes are pureed and the mixture is a smooth consistency.

-Add the sugar water mixture and blend until smooth.

Mango Pieces 1 medium mango

-Peel one medium mango and dice into small pieces.

-Divide the mango chunks among the popsicle molds. Then pour the mango puree mixture over the top.

-Freeze until beginning to set, 3-4 hours. Insert the sticks. Let freeze for at least 3 hours more, then unmold as direct.

Makes…10+ popsicles

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