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Cranberry and Apple Popsicle Recipe

Enjoy the crisp flavors of autumn in this Cranberry and Apple popsicle recipe.

| June 2012 Web

  • Sweet apples and tart cranberries join forces in these refreshing homemade popsicles.
    Photo By Jennifer May
  • “People’s Pops” is a tasty collection of 55 ice pop recipes with flavor combinations that range from popular favorites to the sophisticated and exotic and chapters that explore the bounty of the season.
    Photo Courtesy Ten Speed Press

The time-tested pairing of cranberries and apples proves delicious once again in these refreshing Cranberry and Apple Popsicles. The following recipe is excerpted from People’s Pops (Ten Speed Press, 2012), a recipe book filled with icy treats inspired by fresh, seasonal offerings. This passage is from the chapter “Autumn.” 

Cranberry and Apple Popsicles Recipe

• 2 small apples (about 3/4 pound), or 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz) applesauce
• 6 ounces (1 3/4 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries
• 1-1/4 cups (10 fl oz) simple syrup (see recipe below)
• 2 tablespoons (1 fl oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Core the apples (there’s no need to peel them) and cut them into eighths. Place the apples and the cranberries in a heavy nonreactive saucepan and add about 1/4 cup (2 fl oz) water, or just enough to coat the bottom of the pan so that the fruit doesn’t burn. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the berries and apples are both soft, about 10 minutes. If the water evaporates, add a little more to keep the fruit from burning.

2. Transfer the cooked fruit to a food processor and purée. You should have about 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (15 fl oz) of purée.



3. Transfer the puréed fruit to a bowl or measuring pitcher with a pouring spout. Mix in the simple syrup, adding enough to make the mixture taste quite sweet, and then stir in the lemon juice.

4. Pour the mixture into your ice pop molds, leaving a little bit of room at the top for the mixture to expand. Insert sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Unmold and transfer to plastic bags for storage or serve at once. Makes 10 popsicles. 



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