July 27, 2013

The Accidental Banana Daiquiri Ice Pop

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you find 18th century France on a 51st century spaceship, get invited to a party in Versailles by the king's mistress, and accidentally invent the banana daiquiri a few centuries early?

Well, then, you know what that must mean. It's a Doctor Who Saturday.

In the second season (of the reboot, of course), there is a quite wonderfully bittersweet episode called The Girl in the Fireplace, where the Doctor finds a broken down spaceship filled with space-age, clockwork robots that, for some nefarious purpose, have opened windows into 18th century France.
One of these windows is a fireplace, and the Doctor meets a young French girl named Reinette Poisson, known to history as Madame de Pompadour.

And let me tell you, Reinette might be all fancy and regal and French, but she is totally the ultimate fangirl.

First of all, she meets the Doctor twice as a child. He's a man that just appears out of her fireplace, but since the 10th Doctor has that "trust me, I'm cute" look to him, and that 50 million megawatt smile-- not to mention that he saves her from a seriously creepy robot under her bed-- she's totally cool with it. And when he comes back, what does she do? That's right boys and girls, she kisses him
But really, can you blame her?

Ten was the romantic Doctor, the one we were meant to fall in love with. So really, Reinette was just doing what we all wanted to. And she knew, just as we do, that the Doctor might be mad and wonderful, but he's also dangerous. But she also knew, just as we do, that the Doctor is worth the monsters. After all:
And then she invites the Doctor to dance with her. She says it's to make the King of France jealous, but we all know what you're really up to, Reinette. We're fangirls, too.

The Doctor being the Doctor, brought a banana to the party, and may have, just a little bit, invented the banana daiquiri a few centuries early.

And that's where these ice pops come in. They're not a few centuries early, but they were supposed to be ice cream instead of pops, so I'm totally keeping with the Doctor's theme here. (I thought I could get away without freezing my ice cream maker, but it was too thin. Sad face)

Now you guys know that I don't much care for booze, and I don't like coconut, but these pops just might convert me. The coconut milk brings a subtle, sweet coconut undertone and a great creaminess. Then you've got the stronger flavors of the banana and the lime, which, as far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with. I think I'd still prefer it without the rum, but as cocktails go, I'm totally sold.

And maybe if I keep my freezer stocked with these, the Doctor will come and dance with me, too.
Banana Daiquiri Ice Pops
Yield: 6 pops

2 large bananas, chopped and frozen
1 tsp. lime zest
1 can coconut milk
Juice of 1/2 a lime
2 tbsp. sugar
1 oz. (2 tbsp.) white rum

In a blender, add the bananas and lime zest. Blend until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, coconut milk, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add the milk mixture and the rum to the mixer and pulse on low until well mixed. Pour into ice pop molds or plastic cups with popsicle sticks, being careful to leave at least ½ inch from the tops of the containers. Freeze for a minimum of 6 hours.

Recipe by Kim