Honeydew-lime paletas and more variations!

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Honeydew-lime paletas and more variations!

Photo by Roberto Caruso

Move over gelato! Paletas, Latin American icy fruit treats, are the fun and easy way to cool down this summer. Just mix fresh, juicy fruit with punchy flavours like lime and ginger, freeze and devour.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 cups chopped ripe honeydew melon

Instructions

  •  BOIL 1/4 cup water with 3 tbsp sugar until sugar dissolves. Let cool. Stir in 1 tbsp lime zest and 3 tbsp lime juice. Purée 4 cups chopped ripe honeydew with lime syrup until smooth. Pour into moulds and freeze.

Variations

Peach-Ginger Paletas
Boil 1/2 cup each water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Let cool. Stir in 1 tbsp fresh ginger juice. Purée 3 cups peaches with ginger syrup until smooth. Pour into moulds and freeze.

Kitchen tip: For ginger juice, press grated fresh ginger through a strainer into a small bowl to catch the juice.

Pina-Colada Paletas
Boil 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup sugar until sugar dissolves. Let cool. Stir in 1/4 cup white rum, 1 tbsp lime zest and 3 tbsp lime juice. Purée 2 cups coarsely chopped pineapple with rum syrup and 3 tbsp creamed coconut until chunky. Drop 3 maraschino cherry halves into each mould. Top with pineapple mixture and freeze.

Raspberry & Mango Swirl Paletas
Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar until sugar dissolves. Let cool. Stir in 1 tbsp lemon zest and 3 tbsp lime juice. Purée 1 pint raspberries and 2 cups coarsely chopped mango with lemon syrup until chunky-smooth. Alternate layers of fruit purée and stirred Greek yogurt in moulds. Swirl with an ice-pop stick and freeze.