Coconut chai ice pops

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Coconut chai ice pops

Why hello there!

Dear readers: for a minute or two last week, I thought I was going to have to stop posting about sweets for a little while. Would you like to know why? Of course you would.

You see, a little while ago, my lovely friend Anne managed to rally a number of the friends I’d mentioned in my last post, and she hauled us up in her van all the way to her absolutely magnificent cottage near Haliburton, Ontario. What might you expect me to do with an abundance of time on my hands, a gorgeous kitchen, and a group of unwary food guinea pigs? Bake, of course. Oooh, did I ever get baking. I made these brownies, a version of this pie but with summer’s perfect stone fruit, a loaf of beer bread, a dozen  banana muffins, and these fantastic chai-flavoured popsicles you’ll see below.

Coconut Chai ice pops

The thing is, by the end of that little sugarflourbutterapalooza weekend, one of my molars was feeling as sensitive as a teenager on vacation with her parents. When I examined it more closely at home, it appeared that there was indeed some kind of dark speck on it. Naturally fearing that I had, after all these years, finally developed a cavity, I booked an appointment with my dentist right away.

Here’s how the appointment went down. Arrived at 2:10.  Was in the examination chair (complete with incredibly sexy eye-protection wear and bib) at 2:15. From 2:15-2:18, the dentist poked at my molar. From 2:18-2:23, the dentist explained to me that I did not have a cavity, that the speck was just a stain, and “Have you tried using Sensodyne toothpaste?” Guess how much those eight minutes cost me? Seventy dollars. S.e.v.e.n.t.y. d.o.l.l.a.rs.

Since I was feeling especially flush that day (ahahahahahahahahahahaha), I also decided to pay the ticket I’d received for rolling very slowly through a stop sign at the beginning of the summer — another hundred and fifteen dollahs. In case anyone is interested, the answer is YES, I am now available for adoption if any millionaire families would like to take me, please and thank you.

To cheer myself up, I created this little video about the cottage. Mmm…miss it there already!

And the bright side? Still no cavities. Which means I don’t feel even a little bit guilty about posting this ice pop recipe. Slurp up & enjoy what’s left of the summer!

Coconut Chai ice pops

Coconut chai ice pops

Makes 12 large popsicles (if you have little molds, you might want to consider halving the recipe).

Ingredients:

  •  4 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 10 heaped teaspoons or 8 – 10 bags of black tea, strings removed.
  • 2 large ‘thumbs’ of fresh ginger, cut into pieces
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon of whole black peppercorns
  • 2 (400ml size) cans of full-fat coconut milk

1. Add the water, sugar, tea, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and anise to a large saucepan. Throw the remaining spices into a ziplock baggie and bash at your leisure with a rolling pin, hairbrush, etc. Add the spices to the pot.

2. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain over a fine mesh sieve, or piece of cheesecloth. Allow the syrup to cool before using.

3. Shake the coconut cans well, then add the coconut milk to the chai syrup. Stir until combined. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze for at least six hours.

Happy slurping!

xo,

A

 

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One Response to “Coconut chai ice pops”

  1. Amelia August 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM #

    Looks absolutely delicious! I was looking for a less icy popsicle – this looks to be it 🙂