Chicha Morada Popsicles (made with Peruvian Purple Corn)

Chicha morada is a non-fermented purple corn drink from Peru. It is said that this particular corn is packed with antioxidants. But for me it’s not about its nutritional value, that’s just a plus. For me, it reminds me of my childhood. Just the smell of it while it is cooking brings me back to Peru. This is and will always be my favorite drink. If you go to Peru, the chicha morada will taste a bit different at each restaurant. Some add more cloves or cinnamon. Some add more sugar or less lime juice. So you can always adapt it to your palate. If you make it to drink it though, keep it refrigerated for 3 to max 4 days. You can also spike it with Pisco or rum to make it into a punch. A good chicha morada will have a deep purple color, so it will not be a translucent liquid. You can buy the purple corn at stores that sell Latin American products or online.

This recipe makes about 12 popsicles or about 2 littles of Chicha Morada.

Ingredients:

500g Purple Corn

Rind and core of one pineapple

4 cinnamon sticks

4 cloves

2 apples cut into quarters

4 liters of boiling water

Sugar to taste (I add about 1/2 cup of sugar)

Juice of 2 to 3 limes (or to taste)

 

Place the purple corn in a large pot with the pineapple rind and core, the cinnamon sticks, cloves, apples and 2 liters of boiling water. Let it simmer over medium-low heat for 45 minutes. You can also partially cover it with a lid because it does splatter if it gets too hot. Otherwise just lower the heat a bit. After the 45 minutes have passed and the liquid has reduced, add the remaining 2 litters of boiling water. Let it simmer for an extra 45 minutes. You know it’s done when the corn kernels sort of crack and you can see the flesh of the corn.

Sift the liquid and discard of the solids. Be careful not to splatter the liquid over your clothes.

Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Since the liquid is hot, it will dissolve quicker. Transfer it to a pitcher and let it cool at room temperature. Once the chicha morada is cold, add the lime juice to taste. Mix well and then pour it into each popsicle mold. Insert the sticks and freeze overnight.

The next day, carefully remove them from the mold by rinsing them over hot water. Enjoy!

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Tiramisu Ice Cream Popsicles

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Coffee desserts are the best, often because I use them as an excuse to have them for breakfast. I mean, gotta have my coffee in the morning! One way or another! This time, I made a coffee ice cream and mascarpone/vanilla cream. And froze them in popsicle molds. Drizzle them with dark chocolate and sprinkled them with crushed ladyfingers. A great way to cool down this summer.

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This recipe makes 10 popsicles.

Ingredients:

For the ice cream:

1 cup of cream

1 ½ cups of milk

2 egg yolks

½ cup of sugar

2 shots of espresso

For the mascarpone cream:

100gr of mascarpone, at room temperature

1 vanilla bean, or 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

½ cup of whipping cream

2 tablespoons of sugar

Extras:

100grs of dark chocolate, melted

5 lady fingers, crushed

 

Start by making the ice cream base. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

Place the milk, cream and espresso in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once it comes to a simmer, take it off the heat. Slowly pour it into the yolk mixture while whisking. Then transfer it back to the saucepan over medium heat. Stir for about 5 minutes until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. You know it’s ready when you draw a line with your finger on the back of a spoon and it stays. Allow it to cool down to room temperature and then place it in the fridge till it is cold.

Freeze it in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I churned it for a shorter time than I would normally do since it is easier to fill the popsicle molds if the ice cream is a bit softer.

While the ice cream is churning, start to make the mascarpone cream. Whisk the mascarpone with the sugar and vanilla until everything is well combined. Then add the cream and whisk until you get soft peaks. Keep it in the fridge covered until ready to use.

Once the ice cream is ready, carefully fill the popsicle molds, leaving about 1/4 of space left for the mascarpone cream. Then top the molds with the mascarpone cream. Insert the sticks and freeze overnight.

The next day, remove the popsicles from the mold using a bit of warm water. Drizzle with some melted dark chocolate and then quickly sprinkle some of the crushed lady fingers. Enjoy!

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Piña Colada Ice Pops

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Piña coladas are the epitome of a beach holiday. Since I won’t be at the beach for this heatwave, at least I can cool down by eating these frozen treats. Forecast for this Saturday is 36 degrees celsius and even though I am always wishing for warmer weather, that’s a bit too much. I’m keeping it very short today, so I can run some errands. Since I do them by bike, I need to start early before this heat gets so strong that biking becomes a full workout activity.

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This recipe makes 9 ice pops.

Ingredients:

250gr of frozen pineapple (or fresh)

165ml of coconut cream

2 shots of rum

½ cup of sparkling water

2 tablespoons of agave syrup

16 cherries, pitted and halved

 

Place all of the ingredients in the blender, except for the cherries. Blend until smooth.

Place a few of the halved cherries inside the ice pop molds, and then pour the piña colada evenly. Insert the sticks and freeze overnight.

If you don’t have ice pop molds, just use small espresso cups and insert a wooden stick in the middle.

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