When I was a kid there was a frozen treat called the Strawberry Shortcake which you could only get from the guy who drove around your neighbourhood on a bike with a freezer attached to it. You could always tell he was coming because he would jingle this row of bells which were located on his handlebars. They had these fake strawberry crumbles over the outside and I thought they were awesome. I decided to see if I could re-create them in my own home and found it is really quite simple with only 3 ingredients.
You will need:
- 1 container of fresh strawberries
- 1 pint of good quality vanilla ice cream
- a few crushed shortbread cookies – store bought or homemade
- some popsicle moulds and a blender
Step 1: gather all your ingredients. Crumble a few cookies. I just hit them with a bottle while they were in a ziploc bag. This makes it easy to dip the frozen popsicle in as well. I used 3 cookies.
Step 2: finely chop a few strawberries which totals 1 cup of chopped strawberries. Remove stems and place the balance of the container into a blender.
Step 3: blend the berries for a few seconds until they still have some consistency to them but, they are basically pureed.
Step 4: add the tub of ice cream and blend until smooth.
Step 5: add the chopped fruit and stir with a spoon. You want the chunks to remain in the pink milkshake. Add half the cookie crumbles to the milkshake and fold in to incorporate. Leave the balance of cookies to dip in the frozen treat once you remove them from the moulds.
Step 6: pour into your favourite mould, add sticks and freeze.
Step 7: when you are pulling out the treat from the popsicle mould you should run the outside of the mould under hot water to slightly melt and loosen your popsicle. This slight melting also helps the cookies to stick to the outside. I just put the popsicle in the ziploc bag and press the cookies on the outside.
They are way better than the ones we ate as kids! Now if I can master the Creamsicle without it tasting artificial Big Pete will be very happy.