Strawberry Paletas

"The word Paletas derives from Palo, meaning stick, a reference to how they are made and eaten. They are essentially ice pops: delicious flavored liquids frozen with a stick to hold as you eat them...The most popular type (of Paletas in Mexico) are paletas de agua, which are typically made with fresh fruit, water, sweetener (typically made from sugar cane) and sometimes other flavorings."-Paletas by Fany Gerson

4 cups fresh, ripe strawberries, tops cut off and quartered
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
juice of one lemon

Stir the prepared strawberries and sugar together in a bowl. Let them sit for 15 minutes or so. This gives the berries a chance to soften and release their juices. Transfer the berries to a small saucepan, and add in the water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.Pour the strawberries into a blender, or food processor and add the lemon juice. Blend until the texture you like -smooth or some chunks remaining, process less}. Divide the mixture evenly between the molds, and follow the popsicle mold manufacturer's instructions. Freeze for about 5 hours, or until completely frozen. If you don't have molds, you can make these in paper cups. Let the pureed mixture freeze inside the paper cups for about 2 hours, insert the popsicle sticks in the center of each pop, then freeze for the remaining 3 hours, or until firm.

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