I’ve missed figs. Summer came and went with no trace of them and I thought the same would happen this year. Recently, when stocking up on frozen fruit at Trader Joe’s I discovered…
Figs! Precious figs! Frozen, but FIGS! The mission figs we’d buy in San Francisco would often be so ripe that one of us would have to carry them by hand on the way home, lest they’d burst open within a bag. They would have to be eaten in just a couple days, though that never seemed to be a problem for us.
During a recent mini-heat wave, I’d pop a couple of these in my mouth to temporarily stay cool, but I ultimately wanted to incorporate them into a frozen treat. Popsicles, of course! They were a staple of our diet last summer and I suspect things won’t change much this year. However, by the time I got around to making some popsicles out of these guys, it was cold again. Oh well. Practice for summer, right?
The amount needed for the popsicles depends on the size of your molds. I use these molds from Tovolo and they are fine and dandy. The popsicles are plenty sweet from the figs and the addition of yogurt lends a nice tanginess. Before adding the mixture to your molds, I recommend giving them a taste test. If it’s not sweet enough for you, drop in a tablespoon of honey and give your blender a good pulse.
Vanilla Fig Popsicles
1 bag of Trader Joe’s whole green figs, minus 4 (I ate those four!)
1 1/4 cups milk of your choice (I used full fat cow’s milk)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Add figs, milk, yogurt, and vanilla extract to a blender and blend until smooth. Give the mixture a taste test. If not sweet enough for you, add a tablespoon of honey and blend again for a few seconds. Transfer the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least five hours. Once frozen, run the popsicles under warm water for about 30 seconds and gently remove the molds. Serve and enjoy!