Pineapple Thai Chile Cinnamon Popsicles

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, toasted
  • 1 pineapple
  • 4 Thai chiles
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place two cinnamon sticks on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for about five minutes, until fragrant. Finely chop four Thai chiles, and combine in a small saucepot with a half cup of water, half cup of sugar and toasted cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat, cover, and let sit overnight for the flavors to infuse.
  • Chop one pineapple, discarding core. Puree cut pineapple with a half cup of the cinnamon-chile syrup (discard the cinnamon sticks) in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Strain the pineapple liquid through a fine-mesh sieve. Pour into popsicle molds or three-ounce Dixie cups. Cover thoroughly with plastic wrap, insert sticks (poke through the plastic wrap) and freeze overnight.
  • For hotter popsicles, add additional Thai chiles; for milder popsicles, strain the simple syrup.
  • Depending on how sweet the pineapple is, you may want to increase or decrease the amount of simple syrup