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Aug 1, 2011 12:25 AM

*August 2011 Cookbook of the Month Companion Book, PALETAS by Fany Gerson

WELCOME to August 2011 COTM! Fany Gerson's PALETAS was selected as a COMPANION BOOK to the primary book, Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. bayoucook will be putting up the Jaffrey threads, and I am putting up this thread at her request. Thank you, bayoucook, for your six months of service to COTM!

Since PALETAS is a relatively small book, approximately 50 recipes, PLEASE USE THIS THREAD FOR ALL DISCUSSION OF PALETAS, including of recipes. Please mention the name of your recipe in your post and, if possible, the page number. (Or provide a link to the recipe on the web, if available). You may see a listing of all of the book's recipes here:

HAVING DIFFICULTY ACQUIRING THE BOOK? Numerous pages are available through Google Books. Also, has copies for sale right now: Lastly, many of these recipes are out on the web. Consider browsing the recipe index for this book on , finding a recipe that intrigues you (based on its title and ingredients), then searching for the recipe on the web. If you have no luck with a web search, post in this thread and ask your fellow hounds to paraphrase the recipe for you (in accordance with Chowhound's recipe guidelines of course: and someone usually will. The Chowhound Team has asked me to remind you that verbatim copying of recipes to the boards is a violation of the copyright of the original author. Posts with copied recipes will be removed.

NEW TO COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH? Haven't joined us before and wondering what we're up to? Anyone and everyone are welcome to join us in our collective cooking endeavor, no dues are charged. You don't even have to follow the recipe precisely (we see occasional departures, both intentional and otherwise, often due to dietary requirements, personal preference, or ingredient availability), though please disclose any departures from any recipe This link explains how COTM works:

Please note, these COTM threads remain active "forever." Feel free to post in this thread even after August is over.

Here are some links to recipes around the web:

Lime Pie Ice Pops or

Avocado Ice Pops

Watermelon Ice Pops, Quick Coconut Ice Pops, Limeade with Chia Seeds

Intro, Table of Contents, and Recipe for Strawberry Ice Pops or

Sour Cream Cherry & Tequila Ice Pops

Author interview plus Spice Mango Ice, Raspberry-Hibiscus Ice Pops, Avocado Ice Pops

Numerous pages through Google Books, including povillo cacao-corn drink

Hibiscus-Rasberry Ice Pops plus Paletas of Yogurt and Berries

Spicy Pineapple Ice Pops or

Mango and Chili Paletas plus General Tips (and a few other repeat recipes

Blueberry-Raspberry-Mint Popsicles

Strawberry Horchata Raspados (can't tell if this is actually in the book--will need to look it up

Author interview



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  1. Thank you so much for the links (mango chile is Lulu's favorite at our local popsicle store, so it will be fun trying it at home). I've ordered the book but it isn't due for a month.

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    1. re: LulusMom

      Mango and Chili

      Thanks to TDQ's helpful links, I was able to start without the book. As mentioned above, these are Lulu's favorites at the local popsicle place (Locopops - great to try if you ever find yourself in the research triangle area of NC). She and I made them together yesterday, and had them after dinner (Gourmet's SE Asian turkey burgers) tonight - a perfect combination. We all liked them a lot. Dad and I thought they could possibly use more sugar, but funnily enough Lulu though they were sweet enough. Funny world. They were not as spicy as the ones she's used to, but she didn't seem to notice. I found that ours were slightly on the "crunchy" or icy side - has anyone else noticed that? Does anyone have any idea how to fix this? They were great, but it would be nice if they were a smoother texture.

      1. re: LulusMom

        Mango and Chile Paletas
        I thought these were in the book, but couldn't find them, so made them from the link, just haven't gotten around to posting about them. I thought the chile flavor was a little weak, I'd add more if I made them again. These ended up not being paletas for me. The texture was a lot different from the berry/hibiscus paletas I made, probably because of the lower water/higher fruit content. I couldn't get these out by the sticks. So I just ended up dumping them into bowls, and served them with spoons. I might just make them again in cups and turn them out into bowls like molded ices.

        1. re: L.Nightshade

          These were definitely a different texture from any I made after. And yes, I agree on the spice. I didn't find them as spicy as I had hoped. Still thought they were delicious.

          The blueberry cheesecake (link below) has been the big favorite so far. Unfortunately it isn't in the book. Still hoping to make a few more before it gets cold (not for a long time down here).

    2. I'm just going to quickly mention a couple of things, no time to post in full right now, but one thing I'll mention is pay attention to yields when you're filling your molds, especially in the beginning when you're not sure the size of your molds relative to hers.

      There are a lot of recipes where she has you put an inch or so so puree into the mold, put it in the freezer to set, then finish filling the mold. My molds must be bigger than hers, so I "prefilled" too many molds and then had a bunch of partially filled popscicles that I couldn't finish off. I ended up just scooping out the half-frozen stuff into a single mold, but it spoiled the effect of course.

      I tried three popscicle recipes yesterday. I've only tasted 2 out of the three, so I'll just give my quick tips on those.

      I tried Paletas of Yogurt and Berries

      I used 2% Fage Greek yogurt and my pops are a little mealy/grainy. This turns out to be a poor substitution. They are still nice; just not great. Go for the full fat on this one.

      Spiced tomato-tequila ice pops (Paletas de sangrita).

      She says in there to use a hot sauce that is "not too vinegar-y". Well, I used what I had, which was Tabasco, first ingredient vinegar. Terrible mistake. These are completely inedible. Total loss. :(. Don't use Tabasco!


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        What a shame on the sangrita flavored ones! They sound so good. It isn't that easy to find a hot sauce that isn't vinegary. Will do some searching in the kitchen ... we have a ton. Thanks for the tip, but again, sorry it didn't work out for you.

        1. re: LulusMom

          It is a shame because the batter was really tasty! (All of them were. I wanted to eat them all as smoothies. Very caloric smoothies.) She does recommend a couple of brands to use as a parenthetical in the ingredients listing to this particular recipe.


        2. re: The Dairy Queen

          Shoot, I just lost my post. This is a re-do. Paletas from left to right:

          Sour cream, cherry, and tequila pg 37 (I made mine with 2% sour cream--don't!)--the cherry filling is amazing. The base doesnt' do much for me. Maybe that's the 2% sour cream, but more likely it's just because I'm spoiled by the yogurt base below. My husband loved this pop, but he didn't try the yogurt one.

          Yogurt ice pops with berries (blackberries) pg 40--I used 2% Fage. Don't.--I love, love, love the tanginess of the yogurt. I think blackberries are too icy. Maybe mine were too big or something, but I'm going to try these again with full fat fage and different berries. Maybe blueberries. Maybe the cherry filling from pg 37. Maybe peaches or some other stone fruit.

          Spiced tomato-tequila Ice pops--pg 36. I need to try these again now that my expectations have been lowered by my first taste. I will probably try these again with better hot sauce, just to satisfy my curiosity.

          As a general rule with the fruit and yogurt or sour cream pops, I wish the fruit were more evenly distributed. Next time, I'm going to put down less of a first layer. I think I've been filling the pops too much on the initial pass. I think this is obvious in the photos, too.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Those sound so great! I haven't been able to get my hands on this book yet; it's back-ordered seemingly everywhere in Canada. With the very tiny amount of summer that I get here dwindling rather quickly, I'm afraid that I won't be able to get it in time for paleta season! Everything in the book sounds so tempting!

            1. re: Allegra_K

              According to Amazon US, it is supposed to be back in stock tomorrow. Hopefully the same for Canada.

              1. re: Allegra_K

                The recipes for two of three of the paletas I tried are linked in the OP above...


                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  I guess I never thoroughly looked through the links; there are a lot on there that I must have passed by. The one through google books is especially full of recipes. Thank you for all of your sleuthing!
                  The rice pudding ice pops have particularly grabbed my attention.....I guess if I started now, I could be enjoying them by........midnight?! Hehe.....

                2. re: Allegra_K

                  I'm on back order with the book too (and great news about it being back in stock tomorrow, LN!!), and have been having a great time with just what I've found here. I've made 3 different kinds, all hits in their own ways.

            2. Strawberry Ice Pops

              I didn't follow the recipe very closely, but I guess I'll review it anyway. I used frozen berries (ones I picked this summer), skipped the part where you cook the berries, and didn't have any lemon juice. My 4 year old daughter really liked them (how could she not?) but I thought they were a little too intense and sweet. This is a recipe where weight would have been helpful, 4 cups of strawberries is hardly exact. I think I could get away with less sugar next time, and maybe a bit more water to give it a more icy texture.

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              1. re: sarahcooks

                I agree. I am all about weights in recipes!

                Funny that you thought they were too intense and sweet when you skipped the cooking step, which I think would have made them more intense and more sweet. Maybe the lemon would have cut the sweetness, perhaps?

                Yours is prettier than mine with the ridges. My molds are completely smooth. Any sticking problems with the ridges?


                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  No problems with sticking. I have had problems with the star shaped molds I have, only with the strawberry popsicles. The strawberry ones are less solid than the others because they have less liquid in them. I got both sets on Amazon - they're Tovolo brand. I actually like the smooth ones better, but these were cheap and I like how they're all individual pieces.

                  1. re: sarahcooks

                    I like the idea of individual pieces. Here's one other important point about Paletas, especially if your molds are one big piece, make sure you have enough level space in your freezer. My eyes were a little bigger than my available freezer space... whoops! I did get everything to fit, but just barely.

                    Those roasted banana ones sound terrific!


                2. re: sarahcooks

                  We made the strawberry ice pops just as written, and love them. The lime juice definitely makes them less sweet (certainly less sweet than the "batter" tasted before freezing). I'm really surprised with just how much I like them.

                3. Watermelon Ice Pops

                  I really like these. I really like watermelon, so no surprise there. I didn't have lime juice on hand, so I skipped it. They're sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. And I prefer the texture of these to the strawberry ones as they have less fruit solids in them. The solids do float to the top, but it's not very noticeable.

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                  1. re: sarahcooks

                    Lulu and I had a blast making these (the Watermelon Ice Pops) this morning, and even more of a blast eating them with the Dadster this evening for dessert. We did have the lime juice, and when I tasted the mix earlier today I was nervous that they might be too limey. But in fact they were perfect - just the right amount of sweetness (for us) and the lime was fairly unnoticable once they froze. We loved them, and plan on serving the rest to Lulu's playdate friends tomorrow after lunch. Yay!

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      Glad to see that one of your recipes was a hit today! This is on my to do list before the summer is over.

                  2. Roasted Banana Ice Pops

                    These are my favorite so far. My husband and I both love them. I love how creamy they are, and the banana flavor is present but not overwhelming, and the cinnamon is nice and strong. I kind of ate them all before I got a picture. I'm definitely making them again though. In fact, I just added the ingredients to my grocery list. I'm going to have to try and get through the other flavors I have to free up the molds.

                    As a side note, I am glad I bought two sets of molds. Some of the recipes seem to make too many for one set and it allows me to make a new flavor before they're all gone so I end up having several flavors on hand at a time. I think I may have to buy some mini ones too though, to make more reasonable portions for small children.

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                    1. re: sarahcooks

                      Would anyone mind paraphrasing this one? I tried searching online, but couldn't find the recipe. It sounds amazing!

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          Oh, awesome! Thank you, The Search Queen! ;-)

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            Oh holy cow, thank you. When I was pregnant, and couldn't drink, my sweet tooth came on strong. And I did miss the flavor of certain alcohols. So I would often cook bananas with sugar and bourbon (which I'll likely sub for the rum in this) and burn off the alcohol and be so happy. This is going to be a lovely trip down memory lane.

                            Lulu is so excited about this project. We'll be making the watermelon paletas for a playdate we're having here next week for two of her best girlfriends.

                        2. re: sarahcooks

                          Can anyone suggest the name/brand of a good set of smaller molds for children? I'm completely new to the world of popsicle making! I just purchased the Tavolo brand smooth popsicle molds on Amazon, but i hear that read in the reviews that they are quite large for children's portions.

                          1. re: Goblin

                            I'm curious about this, too. I'm also curious about the "quick pop maker" if anyone has one of those. I don't think I need another gadget, but it would sure be fun to have the popsicles right away! And it would speed up the process for those recipes where you have to put a small amount in the mold, let it set, then proceed with filling the mold to the top (leaving room for headspace of course.)


                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              I have the Zoku quick pop maker. I've only used it a couple of times (part of the reason I'm looking at Paletas is to use it more), but it's nifty. And you can't beat the almost-instant gratification. I just keep it in the freezer next to my ice cream maker insert.

                              The instruction booklet said there are some things you can't put in the molds: Carbonated things... maybe artificially sweetened stuff? I don't remember. I've never tried to make a Diet Coke popsicle, so no problems there.

                          2. re: sarahcooks

                            My family and I are sitting here enjoying the Roasted Banana Ice Pops right now. Thanks so much to sarahc for bringing them to our attention. I wish I'd reread her review first, as they are just *slightly* a bit too cinnamonish for my taste (but I'm just not that big a fan), and I used slightly less than called for as was. But not a problem, we are all loving them. As I said I would, I used bourbon instead of rum, and it is only slightly noticeable. Very very tasty. This is our first cream popsicle, and it is slightly harder to get out of the mold than the others have been. But not very hard.

                            Somehow we ended up with a ton of blueberries, so I googled blueberry cheesecake popsicles and found something that looks so good. Even though not in the book, will report if I do make it on the results.

                            1. re: sarahcooks

                              Roasted Banana Ice Pops


                              These were a huge hit. Absolutely delicious with the banana and cinnamon flavors really shining through. I used bourbon instead of run and would probably up the amount a bit. I didn't really taste the bourbon and would have liked to.