Cool and refreshing, these Roasted Plum Rosé Popsicles with Cardamom feature the intensely sweet flavor of roasted plums, rosé wine, and complex, slightly citrusy tang of cardamom.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to cool down and unwind on a scorching summer day, these Roasted Plum Rosé Popsicles with Cardamom are it. Imagine yourself lounging next to a pool, book in one hand, and one of these popsicles in the other. That sounds like a darn-near perfect summer day to me.
What Does Cardamom Taste Like in These Roasted Plum Rosé Popsicles with Cardamom?
Cardamom adds complexity and intense aroma. It’s somewhat citrusy, with herbal and floral notes. Cardamom is actually a cooling spice, so it has a sort-of menthol or eucalyptus-like effect. A pinch of cardamom is commonly added to Turkish-style coffee, which gives it a lovely, unique flavor.
Why Would You Cook Fruit?
Cooking fruit is a great way to intensify the flavor, and also bring out the natural sweetness. Stone fruit (things like peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries) are great candidates for roasting because they hold their shape well.
The roasted plums in this Roasted Plum Rosé Popsicles with Cardamom recipe also make a delicious dessert as-is if you don’t feel like making them into popsicles!
How to Roast Fruit
Fruit is very easy to roast. You can leave some fruit whole (such as apples), or chop or slice it (like peaches). Cook the fruit in an oven between the temperatures 350 to 400F until it’s tender, but not mushy (unless you want it mushy), for about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on things like what kind of fruit it is and whether you cut it or leave it whole.
How to Make Juice Popsicles and Other Healthy Popsicles
Making Popsicles Out of Juice
Like anything we make, popsicles are only as healthy as the ingredients that go into them! The key is to add nutritious things and minimal sugar. If there’s a kind of juice you like to drink, you can use your favorite popsicle mold to freeze it into pops (this is my favorite popsicle mold; it’s cheap and works great!).
Making Popsicles Out of Whole Fruit
If you want to bump up the nutrition a bit, you can puree whole fruit (so you’re getting the added fiber, vitamins, etc.) instead of using juice (check out my Vanilla Pineapple Popsicles!). Depending on the liquid content of your fruit, you may need to add a splash of water, juice, etc. to help the fruit puree well. Also, you may need to add some kind of sweetener if your fruit is somewhat tart. Regarding sweetener, I recommend two things: 1) make sure you’re using ripe fruit so you don’t need to add as much sweetener, and 2) use a liquid sweetener so it fully dissolves, such as honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, simple syrup, liquid stevia, etc.
How to Make These Roasted Plum Rosé Popsicles with Cardamom Kid-Friendly
All you need to do to make these Roasted Plum Rosé Popsicles with Cardamom is skip the rosé and use apple juice instead! Water will also work, or you can play around with any juice flavor you like.
- Preheat the oven to 350F; lightly spray the inside of an 8 by 8-inch casserole dish with coconut oil. Spread the plums out in the dish. Whisk together the rosé, honey, cardamom, and salt, and pour onto the plums. Roast 20 minutes, giving the plums a stir once halfway through. Cool to room temperature, and then puree the plums with their liquid.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, making sure not to fill the molds over the “fill” line. (My molds are 2½ oz/75 ml and I got 6 popsicles with just a little leftover.) Tap the mold several times on a hard surface to help any air bubbles escape.
- Transfer to the freezer, wait 20 minutes, and then insert the sticks. Let the popsicles freeze completely, about 3 to 4 hours, depending on the size of your popsicles and how cold your freezer is. To easily unmold the popsicles, dip the plastic bottoms in warm water and they should slide right out.
- Once unmolded, wrap each popsicle individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer.
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