te amo, aguacate

avocado, you're the one for me

Recipe testing has been pretty interesting! I've been learning a lot  since I have to follow the recipe exactly - for science! - and not improvise by skipping or changing steps or switching up ingredients. I didn't think I was a crazy free-wheeler in the kitchen or anything, mind you. 

When I saw a tester recipe that included avocado in a sweet application, I was a goner. My omni sweetheart says I'm forever putting sweet things in savory dishes and savory things in sweet dishes. 

Of course, once my omni sweetheart tasted a paleta de aguacate y limón, it was like the heavens parted. It turns out there was a devious plan and a secret hope that it would not be very tasty and I would be cured of at least one savory dessert inspiration. But we were both blown away  - it was so creamy, so lush, so tart. The very next week the gentleman I buy avocados from (2 a week) at the farmers market was selling 10 avocados for $10, so my path was clear.

 

I can't give you the tester recipe for the avocado dessert, but I can give you the recipe for those long-ago avocado paletas.  It's the same as Fany Gerson's in her awesome love-letter to Paletas, but I doubled up on the lime juice and added the zest in as well. They are ridiculously good.


paletas de aguacate y limón doble

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 small ripe avocados
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 limes for zest and lime juice

 

You'll need a zester, a small saucepan, a blender, and popsicle molds and sticks. Zest (first) and juice (second) your limes and allow the lime juice to sit while you complete the remainder of the recipe.

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. 

Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a blender, along with the cooled syrup and salt. Blend until smooth, scraping the sides as needed. Add the lime juice and zest and blend just until combined.

If using conventional molds, divide the mixture among the molds, snap on the lid, and freeze until solid, about 5 hours. If using glasses or other unconventional molds, freeze until the pops are beginning to set (1 1/2 to 2 hours), then insert the sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. If using an instant ice pop maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

paletas de aguacate y limón doble

I can't give you the recipe for the tester avocado dessert - but I can show you a picture! Feast your eyes on the verdant tart below. 

top secret 00recipe - her avocado's secret service!