I am so happy about the weather. I can't believe how hot it is here in London. It has become a rare occurrence in the past few years that I have resigned to keeping my summer clothes in permanent storage.
Feeling the heat in summer makes everything so nice and cheery. I feel a sudden burst of energy and have been doing a lot of the chores I've been putting off doing.
Feeling summery has made a complete change to the way I eat, at least while the heat is on. How wonderful it is to eat fresh fruits and salads. I can't have enough tummy space for cooling drinks.
I won't forget to make time for frozen treats, although it is a bit of an indulgence for one who has to count calories. I usually skip ice creams and lollies but this one is just too delicious to miss.
It is a very simple popsicle but it has such a rich and creamy taste, almost like chocolate buttercream. It melts easily and turns into a voluptuous velvety puddle.
These treats take a few minutes and no effort to make. You won't even break into a sweat. All you'll need is patience to wait for it to set. A few hours later you will be richly rewarded.
Recipe adapted from A Taste of my Life's recipe for Super Easy Ice Cream sticks.
Yield: 6 popsicles
1 tbsp. corn flour (corn starch)
1/2 c. sugar (I used golden castor)
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. cream
1/3 c. cocoa
1 tbsp. vanilla
Put the corn flour, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Stir with a whisk to combine. Add in the milk and stir.
On the stovetop, bring the mixture to a boil on low heat, while constantly stirring, until thickened. Take off the heat.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the cream, cocoa and vanilla until fluffy. Add in the thickened milk mixture (while hot) and whisk to combine.
This recipe makes about 350 mls. of mixture.
Pour into popsicle moulds. Although these moulds come with sticks, I used wooden popsicle sticks.
Put strips of sticky tape next to each other to hold the sticks. Push the sticks in the middle but not all the way down.
Freeze until solid.
You can unmould all of them at the same time and wrap individually with waxed paper.
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