Blackberry “Cheesecake” Yogurt Pops

February 8, 2011

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Just my luck that that when I started writing this post on the weekend, we were absolutely melting under Mother Nature’s +40°C wrath. That initial draft is now down the drain since the weather did a complete 180. I went from near-nakedness to warm clothes quicker than you could say, “ooh southerly change!”. But deep down I love the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Firey foul-tempered temptress one day, ice cold blistering queen bitch the next. Last week, the whinging levels hit stratospheric heights thanks to one of the most hottest 7 days in recent history. We moaned, we groaned and we cursed the high moon as we struggled to eat, sleep and travel on non-A/C trains. I sweltered and relished the heat but I’m now appreciating the chilly reprieve and the drastically reduced man-odour omissions.

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So when things get bloody stinkin’ hot, turning the oven on or even moving more than 5 steps is just suicide. There were no cakes made and consumed in the Candy household but don’t cry for me. Because there’s always the freezer. Ladies and gents, lets all take a moment to pay tribute to one of the best gosh darn inventions ever made.

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Those little crescent-shaped indents are from my nails… “poke, poke are ya frozen yet?!


So the thought process went along the lines of…

Ummm not enough cream.
Ooh berries!
Yogurt!!
Cream cheese!!!

Ding ding! Blackberry “Cheesecake” frozenyogurtpopsorpopsicles!

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Super simple, astronomically delish yet relatively healthy. And extra bonus, it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eyeballs (I love a sexy racy purple!). Oh and did I mention blooming refreshing? I also finally get to use these shotglasses that I bought er, last year for making frozen pops so double win. Now word on the street is that Mother Nature isn’t quite done with her fiery mood swings yet so stay cool Sydney! *sucks on pop*.

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Blackberry “Cheesecake” Yogurt Pops


[Makes approximately 10-12 pops depending on the moulds used]


Ingredients

240g blackberries (about two punnets)
120g caster sugar
Juice of half a lime
100g cream cheese, softened
200g natural yogurt
125ml thickened cream
1 Tbl Crème de Cassis (alcohol optional or you can change to whatever one you wish)

Method

To make the blackberry purée, place the blackberries, sugar and lime juice in a heavy-based saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes or until the fruit has broken down and the mixture is syrupy.

For me (because I’m lazy), I just use a hand blender or food processor to get the mixture as smooth as possible (there’ll be little berry bits and bobs but I don’t mind the texture and it’s not very noticeable once frozen). However if you wish for smoother popsicles without berry seeds etc, pass mixture through a fine sieve, pushing through to extract as much syrup as you can. Leave to cool completely or refrigerate overnight.

Using a food processor or stand mixer with paddle attachment, whisk together the softened cream cheese, yogurt, cream and alcohol if using until smooth and free of solid cheesecake lumps. Fold through the blackberry purée. You could completely combine it for the full psychedelic purple onslaught or you go for the more trippy swirl and ripple effect by giving it a few quick folds.

Divide mixture amongst your popsicle moulds or shot glasses and freeze. When it has set halfway, as in solid-ish but still soft (say, about an hour or so), stick your popsicle sticks in then freeze completely.

To unmould pops, stick the moulds in warm water for a few seconds then pull out of the glass.

Note:

• Frozen yogurt (and cream cheese for that matter) freezes a lot more harder and icier than traditional creamy ice cream but it freezes well as popsicles. You could replace some yogurt or cream cheese with more cream (the fat content in cream means less water to form ice crystals).

• If you prefer to freeze this in a whole tub rather than individual pops, I highly recommend whipping the thickened cream to soft peaks before folding through the berry and yogurt mixture (like a semifreddo) or churning in an ice cream maker. You could also add more alcohol (which doesn’t freeze and therefore will make the frozen yogurt more softer). Temper for 5-10 minutes before serving

• The blackberries can of course, be replaced by any berry or other fruits such as mango or peaches.

Print this recipe.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Thanh February 20, 2011 at 00:55

While you guys were sweating it up in Sydney, we've hardly had a summer here in Melbourne.

I like the idea of these, so simple and I'm sure blooming refreshing.

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thang@noodlies February 13, 2011 at 06:33

Yum, how perfect for the heatwave we've been having!

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Sylvie @ GITK February 12, 2011 at 12:49

Well you know they say necessity is the mother of invention! Great idea to combine the tanginess of yogurt with the creaminess and richness of cream cheese and cream in a frozen yogurt.

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simon@theheartoffood February 11, 2011 at 13:01

My mouth is watering in anticipation of the tangy refreshness :)

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Sigmate February 10, 2011 at 23:16

These would have been perfect during the recent heat wave in Sydney!

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@bellyrumbles February 10, 2011 at 13:57

You poked them and left proof

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Katherine February 10, 2011 at 11:23

Karen these look delicious. Ahhhh the heat has been so darn intense. What a great idea to do some delicious pops.

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penny aka jeroxie February 10, 2011 at 05:33

Looks great! Wil be great in your recent hot hot and super hot weather.

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Spencer February 10, 2011 at 01:38

Looks delicious. Just what the doctor ordered for a very hot day!

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angie February 10, 2011 at 00:51

Oh I feel too cold for this right now =D But maybe when the heat comes back again hehe.

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Gianna February 9, 2011 at 06:22

Mother nature has not been my friend this week but these pops will be! yumm-o karen!

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Susan February 9, 2011 at 04:39

That looks delicious! I love the fingernail imprints too, lol.

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Gina February 8, 2011 at 14:11

This sounds so good!

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mlle délicieuse February 8, 2011 at 12:24

It's so purple and pretty!

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Kelley February 8, 2011 at 06:28

OMG want IMMEDIATELY.

*checking fridge for ingredients NOW*

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Xiaolu February 8, 2011 at 02:54

Oh these look divine and what a great idea! I love cheesecake but definitely don't want the heaviness of it a lot of the time. This would be so cool and refreshing instead. Great shots, too, and the choice of background color works very well.

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huntfortheverybest February 8, 2011 at 01:28

this sounds so yummy!!

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Steph February 8, 2011 at 00:38

This is genius! I was craving cheesecake last week but it was wayy too hot and this is the perfect solution! I can imagine it tasting sorta like a frozen sara lee cheesecake mmmmm :)

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joey@FoodiePop February 7, 2011 at 17:38

Oh these look so refreshing! And cute.

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Kaitlin February 7, 2011 at 16:45

The weather that you guys had sounds unbearable. WOAH!

These, however, sound incredible and look beautiful! Even though it's snowing here, I could totally go for one :)

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