Summer Berries Milk Pops

The things you come up with when you have little children!

Do you, like me, spend your Saturdays and Sundays under the constant pressure of delivering a treat “because it’s the weekend..PLEEEASEEEE, Mamma, PLEEEASEEEE!!!” ?

Some of you may have noticed I do have a sweet tooth, but when it comes to my children’s teeth, I seem to forget their need to satisfy such craving…

It is balancing act of finding a way to reward them with a sweet gratification that is also not entirely unhealthy.

After a bit of brain churning, I  have come up with the idea of combining the precious protein and calcium of milk (good), with the vitamin loaded goodness of summer berries (very good) and icing sugar (ok, bad, but 2 out of 3 ain’t too shabby!)

INGREDIENTS (enough to fill 6 ice-pops moulds)

2 cups of mixed berries (I used frozen berries, cheap and gorgeous)

1 cup of icing sugar

2 cups of milk

Simmer the berries with the sugar for 5 minutes of low heat, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat off and mash the berries to a pulp with the back of a fork . Sieve the berry juice through a fine tooth strainer and reserve the ruby-red nectar. You should end up with roughly 1/2 a cup.

Add two cups of milk and stir the mixture until it looks a desirable hot pink shade. Pour the liquid into the moulds and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.

Cherish the smile in your children’s faces as they take the first bite…

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