RECIPE: PINEAPPLE PALETA
Pineapple Paleta is a delicious, cooling, refreshing summer time treat. And the best part is that it is made without refined sugar, is vegan and super easy to make.
WHAT IS A PALETA?
Though Paleta or Paletas may look like what we usually know as ice lollies or popsicles, they are so different. Usually commercially available ice lollies or popsicles are loaded with sugar, artificial colouring and flavours. However, Paletas are mostly made with fresh ingredients. That is, real fresh fruit juices are used. Sometimes fresh fruit bits are added. Usually a milk product like milk, cream, yogurt, condensed milk, etc is added. Even coconut milk or cream is used.
In short, paleta is the name given to Mexican Ice lollies. Fresh juice is mixed with dairy or coconut milk/cream and frozen in molds with a stick.
My Son Is Home
My son Niku had come home for vacation. Working at The Hilton The Walk, Dubai, he was all ready to impart the tricks and tips he learned from managing the restaurants there. And it was a way for us to spend time together working together in kitchen. During our grocery shopping, he picked up a fresh pineapple. We came home and cut it. Of course we were excited as we both love pineapple. In fact the pineapple was really juicy, had a lovely yellow hue. However, one bite and it was so sour! Niku took another chunk and then gave up..’it is too sour.” Finally, put the cut pineapple in the fridge and he went away to watch telly.
One of the gifts he brought back from Dubai for me was an ice lolly mould. Actually, I was impatient to try it out. Next day, sour pineapple and mould kept running in my mind. Maybe I could pair it mango but we didn’t have any. Anyway, I blended the pineapple chunks and kept it in the fridge.
Shows Me How To Make Paletas
Niku comes into the kitchen and asks me what I am planning to do with the pineapple. I told him ice lollies. He goes “mum lets make paleta”. “What is a paleta?” I asked. And he told me to watch.
So into the blender went the thick fresh pineapple juice, ripe banana, coconut cream, maple syrup and a bit of salt. And a quick whisk and the thick luscious liquid was ready to be frozen.
Since then I have made pineapple paletas several times as that is the way hubby enjoys fresh pineapple and also a good frozen treat to share with my neighbours. As Mombasa is usually hot, I sometimes keep them ready before Diwali. Guests who come to visit us get treated to fresh fruit paletas.
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CAN I REPLACE COCONUT CREAM?
Yes you can with fresh whipping cream, thick yogurt or condensed milk. If you use condensed milk then you don’t need to add any sweetener.
WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF MAPLE SYRUP?
You can use honey, add sugar.
CAN I USE TINNED/CANNED PINEAPPLE?
Yes you can. Taste before you add sweetener of your choice as sometimes canned pineapples are sweet.
WHAT TO USE IF YOU DON’T HAVE ICE LOLLY MOULDS
Use small disposable cups, small steel bowls, silicon cake cups. Cover with a foil. Make a small cut in the foil using a knife and insert the wooden stick in it. For really small paletas, can use an ice tray. Cover with foil and make cuts. Insert the stick.
INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FOR PINEAPPLE PALETA
- Fresh Pineapple – peel and cut into chunks. Can replace it with canned or tinned pineapple.
- Coconut Cream – or use good quality thick coconut milk. Can replace it with thick yogurt, fresh whipping cream or condensed milk.
- Maple Syrup – can replace it with a sweetener of your choice. Use honey, sugar, jaggery powder, cocontu sugar, etc.
- Salt – I add a bit of salt to balance the flavours.
- Ripe Banana – helps to make the paletas softer. Can replace it with mango if you wish.
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- 1 medium banana peeled and cut into chunks
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 cup coconut cream
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Put the pineapple, maple syrup, salt and banana in a liquidizer or a food processor.
- Whizz the whole thing till you get a nice smooth consistency.
- Strain the liquid if you feel that there are pineapple fibers.
- Add the coconut cream and mix it well.
- Pour the mixture into the molds cover it, insert the sticks and put it in the freezer.
- The paletas will be ready in 3 to 4 hours time.
- Run warm water over the molds.
- Remove the paleta from the mold and serve.
- Add honey or any sweetener of your choice instead of maple syrup.
- Taste the mixture, if need be add a bit of sugar. We didn't add any as we got the
- sweetness from the syrup and banana.
- Instead of coconut cream add fresh cream, thick yogurt or condensed milk. If you use condensed milk, do not add any sweetener.
- If you use tinned pineapples for this recipe then you may need less sweetener. Taste before adding the required amount as tinned pineapples tend to be sweet.
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