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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Graham Cracker Cinnamon Paletas {#SummerOfThePopsicle guest post: Vintage Kitchen Notes}

Today kicks off a series of guest posts here on girlichef in honor of the Summer of the Popsicle!  Over the next 4 months, I am fortunate enough to have a different, talented blogger "holding the stick" (as I'm calling it), each Wednesday.  In other words, some of my amazing friends out there are going to be making popsicles, paletas, and ice pops - and then sharing them right here with you and me!  Just thinking of all of the array of icy cold treats to come puts a big, silly grin on my face.

So, without further ado, I turn the floor over to the woman who's going to get the party started....

Who's Holding the Stick: Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes
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Hey popsicle lovers! Since there´s a summer-long party going on here at girlichef, I´m coming to you from across the world, the lovely city of Buenos Aires, to share one of my favorite ice cream flavors, graham crackers cinnamon paletas, or stick ice cream as we call it here.

The icy sticks take me right back to my grade school years, when they were sold by a man on a bicycle who rode down my block offering three flavors, strawberry, orange and lemon, all water based, and so cold you had to be careful it didn´t stick to your tongue and had to have your mom come to your rescue. It was a weekend treat and the sound of the whistle had us all kids running outside while begging our parents to please, please buy us some paletas.

I love to be guest posting here, and with ice cream no less! Heather is such a source of inspiration, that when I had the chance to choose a recipe from all the Sunday Supper blogs, I choose her to-die-for soft pretzels with beer cheese sauce. Her style of writing and sometimes biting wit are amazing. A lady with personality, I like that.
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So my paletas had to be something special. I got into the habit of making my own graham crackers some months ago, since I can´t get them here. And the more I made them, the more I became addicted to their cinnamon honey flavor. That´s not news, I know, who doesn´t love graham crackers, right? But let me tell you that when you mix them with some good, old fashioned, custard based ice cream, the flavor amplifies. More cinnamon, more caramel tones, more of everything that´s good about the cookies and the ice cream.

If you´re not in the habit of making ice cream you should have a serious talk with yourself, buy an ice cream machine and remedy that. If you already make ice cream but have never made paletas, you should grab a bowl the the stuff, a spoon and have an even more serious talk with yourself while you eat it. Paletas are so much fun. And so simple to make. Really.

You can even pour your favorite frozen drink, like a margarita for instance, and have the best happy hour of all summer.
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Me, I´m going with the creamy cinnamon with ground graham crackers inside, and then some more on the outside. Just to make it over the top. Because the summer is just starting and this party deserves it!

Thank you my friend for having me here, it´s always exciting to share my food with you and get to know your readers.

Graham Cracker Cinnamon Paletas
Graham Cracker Cinnamon Paletas: a #SummerOfThePopsicle guest post from Vintage Kitchen Notes |
by (guest post) Paula Montenegro of Vintage Kitchen Notes
Prep Time: 15 minutes + 6 hours in fridge + 4 hours in freezer
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: snack dessert vegetarian nut-free eggs milk cream July 4th Labor Day Memorial Day popsicles summer

Ingredients (10-12 medium-sized paletas)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups cream, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup ground graham crackers + additional to sprinkle
The cinnamon is roasted, but you can skip that step and also the cinnamon stick. It does give it a deeper, wonderful flavor.

In a small skillet (I use my crepe maker), toast the ground cinnamon and the stick, about 2 minutes until you smell the toasted aroma, tossing it around so you don´t burn it.

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, 1 cup cream and the cinnamon stick. Bring just to a boil, remove from heat and let infuse for 5 minutes.
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Put the yolks in a large bowl and gradually add the sugar, beating until beginning to thicken only. I do this with a hand whisk.

Take out the cinnamon stick, and add the warm milk gradually to the yolk mixture, whisking all the time.
Transfer this mixture back to the saucepan and cook, over medium heat stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, some 3 to 5 minutes. Do not let it boil. When you draw your finger across the back of the spoon there should be a clear path.
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Strain the mixture into a bowl, add the ground cinnamon and the remaining 1 cup of cream. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

When you´re ready to put the cinnamon mixture into the molds, add the ground graham crackers. Pour the very cold custard into the popsicle molds, attach the stick and freeze for 4 hours, or more, until solid.

To unmold, pass the bottom and sides of the molds through hot water for 10 seconds and carefully unmold. If you still can´t take the paletas out, put them under hot water for 5 more seconds, until you can unmold them.

Sprinkle them with additional graham crackers and eat.

adapted from In theSweet Kitchen, by Regan Daley
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While you're waiting for your paletas to freeze, drop by and pay Paula a visit at Vintage Kitchen Notes, and follow her in a few places if you don't already:  Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+

A huge, HUGE thanks to YOU, Paula for kicking this series off in style!  Your beautiful photos and touching stories are always a source of inspiration to me.  And I know that when I make a batch of your creamy, mouthwatering paletas, my family is going to be sending kisses your way.
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