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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sunset Slowdown

One discovered delight of time apart is a pace which allows taking note of creation.  On these blazing summer days, I'm often outdoors at dawn and in the evening I sit on the patio watching for wildlife in the woods beyond our boundary of backyard azaleas, lulled by peaceful cicada song.  I chill with a frozen treat and bring a book to read in last light until the fireflies begin to twinkle.  This tropical sunset paleta seems apropos for an evening's indulgence.  

Tropical Sunset Paletas Recipe
Adapted from Everyday Food Magazine
3 cups pineapple
6 T sugar, divided
3 cups strawberries, hulled
3 mangoes, peeled and pitted
1 lime, juiced

In a Cuisinart combine pineapple and 2 T sugar.  Blend until smooth.  Pour through fine mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing on solids with a spoon.  Catch puree in bowl.  Rinse Cuisinart, repeat process with strawberries, adding 2 T sugar, pressing solids through a fine mesh sieve, catch strawberry puree.  In rinsed Cuisinart, combine mangoes, 2 T sugar and lime juice, blend until smooth, pour through sieve and catch puree.

Divide pineapple puree among 6 small plastic cups.   Freeze until set about 1 hour, insert sticks.  Pour strawberry layer over pineapple layer, return to freezer until set, about 45 minutes.  Remove from freezer, top with mango layer and freeze 4-6 hours. Any fruit you favor can be substituted in this layered paleta.
Layered Flavors Pineapple and Strawberry
Puesta del Sol Tropical Paleta

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