- 1 cup drinking water
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- ¼ scraped vanilla bean
- ½ teaspoon rose water or orange water or lemon
Bring the water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the sugar and vanilla bean scrapings. Then stir occasionally until sugar has dissolved completely into the water. Remove from heat and pour into large measuring cup, and add ice and rose water until you reach 2 cups total. Stir ice until it is melted and the water mixture is cooled. Coarsely chop the strawberries. Place approximately 2 tablespoons of the strawberries into each Popsicle mold. Pour the water mixture into each mold to reach the top. Use a long spoon or a Popsicle stick to gently stir the strawberries into the liquid. Place lid on, and add sticks. Freeze for one hour or until solid. If you prefer a less chunky Paleta a blender will do the trick. Lightly sweet with chunks of strawberries make this treat a summer classic.
When I was laid up from a car accident these where a cold comfort in hot summer with no air conditioning. Vendors would ride their bikes down Oklahoma Avenue with coolers kept cold with dry ice.
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