Cranberry Apple Popsicles

I realize we’re well into fall and frozen, cold popsicles aren’t the first thing on our minds as the temperatures outside drop.  But I just couldn’t put away People’s Pops until I made one more batch this year.  (And I made these on a sunny, warm October day, so it still felt legit.  That has since changed.)

The book is broken out by season, and within each section, recipes that feature ingredients at their freshest.  Some of People’s fall recipes include apple and salted caramel, pear and almond, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  And this one – cranberry and apple.  Very fall!

crane apple popsicle recipe

cran apple popsicle ingredients

popsicle sticks

Ingredients:

  • Apples/applesauce (we hadn’t yet made a trip to the orchard, but I had applesauce on hand and used that) – 2 small (~3/4 pound)/1 1/4 cups
  • Cranberries (fresh or frozen) – 1 3/4 cups
  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
  • Simple syrup – 1 1/4 cups

(I also had an orange that needed to be used – a little orange juice was a great compliment to the cranberry and apple, just the right amount so it didn’t overpower.)

cran apple popsicle ingredients 2

cranberries

Cranberries were simmered until they were soft:

boiling cranberries

boiled cranberries

Then pureed in my mini food processor….

blending berries 1

Like this….

blending berries 2

blending berries 3

The color was so rich and lovely.  So was the smell.

blended berries

Applesauce added, along with the simple syrup, lemon, and orange juices:

applesauce into berries

I have to tell you how delicious this puree was….the consistency was so nice and smooth, with the perfect mix of sweet and tart.  I could have eaten it spoonful after spoonful, forget the freezing.

cranberry apple puree

But I didn’t!  I couldn’t!

pouring molds 1

pouring molds 2

Look at that pretty red!

pouring molds 3

pouring molds 4

pouring molds 5

popsicles 1

Ooooolala.

popsicles 2

popsicles 3

How perfect!

popsicle 1

popsicle 2

And sooooo delicious to boot.  The puree did not steer me wrong!

It’s 40 degrees and dropping, but these little frozen dandies are still good.  Really good. 🙂

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