Virginia Feature: Watermelon Pops
Inspired by the French way of making small delicious treats out of very few ingredients, these fresh watermelon pops, or Purée de Pastèque, hit the spot on a hot summer day.
This homemade popsicle idea was first introduced to me by my Mom. When my baby was about nine months old and teething, my Mom suggested mini popsicles as a remedy to help soothe my daughter’s aching gums. It was also a fun way to introduce a new food she could eat by herself.
Now that my daughter is a walking talking two year old, she not only loves to eat the popsicles. She loves to make them too.
- 1- Ripe mini watermelon, preferably seedless
- Cut watermelon in half with a sharp knife
- With a melon baller, scoop out the flesh of half of the mini watermelon and place in measuring cup (preferably the measuring cup that goes along with your immersion blender)
- With an immersion blender, puree the watermelon
- Pour the puree through a sieve into a bowl (or cup with a spout) to make sure the watermelon is smooth and seed free
- Pour the strained juice directly into the mini popsicle mold
- Freeze for 6 hours or overnight
- Bon Appetit! Enjoy
Leigh is a Middle School Teacher of French and a Mom to a busy four year old. She loves to entertain family and friends, and prepare daily dishes for her husband and daughter. Leigh’s meals are often influenced by her mom’s love of cooking. Leigh also creates recipes based on her experiences of living and working in the south of France. She often uses food to provide authentic experiences for her students as well. On Fridays, it’s not uncommon to see her students making crèpes and sampling French “fromage,” as part of their lesson. Always inspired by fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, Leigh’s dishes are simple, tasty, and always made with her family in mind. Her daughter, now three, is an enthusiastic helper in the kitchen. A lover of mealtime with family and warm summer nights, Leigh is excited to share some of her favorite recipes. Follow Leigh on her Instagram account @arecipeforeveryseason