7/27/08

Banana & Dulce de Leche Paletas

Grace of Amazing Grace...how sweet the sound... sorry, I can't help it. I'm sure she's been serenaded her whole life but she's never been serenaded by a tone deaf wanna be evil chef! Okay, enough screwing around. It's not Amazing Grace, it's A Southern Grace and Grace has a little event called Beat The Heat . All she wants is 'your very best dish, whether entree, side, beverage, or dessert, that requires no heat to prepare.' Weather wise, it's been in the high 90's flirting with the low 100's for the last few days. Damn skippy, I can make you a little something using no heat.

Three little ingredients mixed in the blender and put into the freezer and you have paletas. Since there are only a few ingredients, that you control, it's much better than the stuff you buy at the store or even Baskin-Robbins. So what's a paleta?

Paletas are a Latin American ice pop usually milk or water based. In Stockton, we have a huge Latino community, so paletas are very common. At soccer games, the vendors come around and you can get, I swear, every flavor under the sun. Pineapple, strawberry, coconut, watermelon, walnut, tamarind, jamaica, cucumber, mango, guava... if it can be frozen, it will probably be made into a paleta. I like these better than regular ice cream. The flavor is true and simple with pieces of frozen fruit throughout the pop.

These measurements made enough for six paletas.

Banana & Dulce de Leche Paletas:

1 cup whole milk (I have never tried soy, low fat, or skim milk but I imagine it would work but I'm sure the flavor would be a little watery. If you do try it with soy or any other milk, let me know how it turns out. I'm curious to know what happens.)

3 ripe bananas

1/4 - 1/2 cup dulce de leche

Put these ingredients in to a blender and pulse until a smooth, almost milk shake consistency. Pour into popsiscle molds and freeze.

That's it. No ovens to turn on. A little something to beat the heat. Because it's too hot to even think, let alone cook.

26 comments:

noble pig said...

Okay, these are amazing! I love the idea of this fancy taste as a treat...yummy...oh yummy.

Cheryl said...

That looks really good and unusual! I love your code of ethics BTW!

Lisa said...

Ok looks like I have to put dulce de leche onmy shopping list. Those look great. Thanks for the link to Beat the Heat...I entered my Pina Colada pie!

Snooty Primadona said...

When I heard the Ice Cream Man's Truck today I almost ran after him to get a popscicle, then remembered it was too hot for me to run that far. So, it was a real treat to come here and find this. I'm going to try to make this in the next couple of days.

Soooo... do you think this would work with Mexican Crema? It's kind of like whipping cream only lighter.

Krysta said...

i would think crema would work. i'm not sure about the heaviness but try it out and let me know.

Rayrena said...

Great idea! My daughter and I ALWAYS get a coconut paleta at the local Henry's when we shop there. I never thought of making the myself, I usually just throw fruit juice in the popsicle maker. I'm just lazy that way...

I'm dying to know though, do you have another popsicle maker; wait to freeze the four then make two more; or toss the rest of the paleta mix? I noticed your recipe makes six but your maker only holds 4. Sorry, I'm just beside myself wondering. Sad huh?

Krysta said...

*rayrena... i have two popsicle makers, i did one holder just for aesthetics. if you make coconut paletas, use 1/2 milk, 1/2 cocnut milk and throw in some shredded coconut.

ib said...

The dulce de leche is that dark? Hmmmm I didn't realize. I'll be home Monday afternoon.

melissa said...

What a wonderful hot weather treat. Never had these and surprisingly neither has Steve.

Mental P Mama said...

Those look fantastic!

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

YUM!! Those look so fantastic! I love 'tamarindo', as my nana calls it. When I was kid often ate tamarind candy with a tall glass of chilled horchata. Thanks for bringing back those memories!

Grace said...

yes, i'm a southern grace, but some would argue that i'm also an amazing grace. :)
speaking of amazing, i love these. heck, you can pour some dulce de leche into an old shoe and i'd probably eat it. this is preferred, though. :)

Sharon said...

Banana and dulce de leche is quite a combo. I'd sweat it out outside if I could be guaranteed one of these to keep me cool!

Annie K. Nodes said...

Can you just buy dulce de leche? I didn't know that. Good god, I'm white.

Besides being no fun,I don't think skim or soy milk have enough fat to freeze properly.

Meg said...

Those look delicious!

Pardon my food incompetence, but what is dulce de leche? Is it a syrup?

She who said...

Definately looks Nummy. Thanks for the idea.

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Rayrena said...

Thanks for the coconut recipe! My daughter will love you for it. My friends and I were walking through a store the other day and saw the dulce de leche can and she remarked about it coming in a can. Then I remembered seeing a "recipe" for dulce de leche, take a can of evaporated sweetended milk and simmer it in hot water for three hours.

Núria said...

Hola Krysta! So glad I came to visit :D... You've got a wonderful blog!
Paletas are a must during summer. If my daughter gets a glimpse of this she'll ask for some, for sure!

Neen said...

When we were kids on holiday, my Mom used to let us "help" her make pops just like these. So easy, so good, and without all those additive and junk.

Abyssamba said...

Yum! Thank you!!

=]

calangel said...

Hi Krysta,
I just want to know if you took the picture of the paleta with the flip-flops and sunglasses?
I really like the picture, it's so summery!

Love the blog too by the way, spent the whole weekend going way back to the beginning to see where it all started!

Krysta said...

@calangel... thank you for such a nice compliment. yes, most pictures on this blog including the paletas picture are pictures i took.

Mrs. L said...

I just ran across some Tupperware popsicle containers this past week and this would be perfect to try in them!

The Yummy Mummy said...

Paletas? In Stockton?

I'm coming to Stockton. That's all I'm gonna say...

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