I know, it’s Lunes Latinos and what does an Ombre Popsicle has to do with Latin cooking? You are absolutely right: nothing! BUT … this ombre popsicle was made using a Latin favorite: The Papaya or Lechosa as it is called in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. This fruit is also known as Mamon in Argentina and Paraguay, and in Cuba, it is called Fruta Bomba. So tell me, how do they call Papaya in other countries you know? Lets learn together!
There is so much I can tell you about the papaya but I wont go into details about how it is used as a meat tenderizer, or how it is originally from Mexico or that the stems are used in rope production, non of that today. But what I will tell you, is that you can make mean milkshakes with papayas. Papaya, milk, sugar and ice! that is the combination of choice of any Dominican, go ahead, ask any Dominican you may know, how much they loooove “Batida de Lechosa” … I bet the answer will be: muchisimo!!!
And now, the story of how these ombre popsicles came about:
So….I like to make fruit popsicles all the time. To me, is another way of enjoying the wonderful flavors of nature in a fun and different way. I tend to make them mostly for me, Mr. B. and Little L., rarely I make popsicles for a special occasion but this weekend was the exception. I invited a few girlfriends over for a light summer dinner out in the patio and I completely forgot about dessert. I could easily have gone out to buy what I needed but instead I decided to improvise. I had a papaya waiting to be used before it was too late and had gone bad, so what to do with the papaya?I have made papaya popsicles before, so that came to mind but a plain popsicle was not going to cut it this time for me. I needed something clever that my friends would talk about and that could become part of the party fun. So I decided to try a ombre popsicle. Yes, it takes a little more time but I knew it was destined to be a hit.
Papaya works very well for making ombre popsicle because of its intense orange color which is perfect to create a degradation. For the ombre effect I created four layers:
- Papaya puree
- Papaya juice
- Papaya milkshake
- Papaya and vanilla flavored cream
First you will need to blend the fruit pulp with sugar to taste, and then combine a portion of the fruit puree with either water, milk, cream or even yogurt. When making your fruit mix for each layer make sure you work in separate containers and keep mixing and adding until you obtain the right shade.
The next step will be to pour one layer at a time. After you pour the first layer, it must go in the freezer until it sits just enough so you can pour the next layer and not have them mix. While one layer is in the freezer, keep the other fruit blends in the fridge so they keep cool. This will help avoid a drastic temperature reaction when pouring over the next layer.
Look at these beauties. Everyone went: Awwww! They are cute, really fruity and perfect for any special occasion