Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of silicone moulds, which I have used to make both chocolates and fun shaped ice-cubes, when I remember to put them in the freezer (not very often!). I came across a pile of them when I was sorting through cupboards the other day, and wondered whether there was any way I could use them in my fun lunch box quest.
Part of my silicone collection:
I found the answer in one of the many amazing bento blogs I’ve been reading lately; frozen yoghurt shapes. These work particularly well if you are having lunch at home, as you can pop them straight out of the freezer and eat them frozen, but apparently if you put them in a lunchbox they will gradually melt until at lunchtime you have lovely cold yogurt to eat. I haven’t yet tested this, but will definitely be giving it a try once term begins. In the meantime Small Child has been thoroughly enjoying eating them frozen at home.
They’re very easy to make, all you need is a silicone mould, yoghurt and a freezer. I bought a couple of pots of yoghurt in contrasting colours and flavours; plain ‘white’ natural yogurt and strawberry flavour ‘pink’ yoghurt.
Drop spoonfuls of yoghurt into each section of the silicone mould. Smooth over the tops, then tap the mould gently on the table to bring any air bubbles to the top. Clean any excess yoghurt from around each shape so that it freezes neatly with no extra edges.
Put into the freezer for a couple of hours until the shapes are frozen solid, then pop them out as you need them. Cover any extra shapes left in the mould with clingfilm to keep them fresh and pop the mould back into the freezer until you need them.
Here are some penguin shapes I made out of natural yoghurt:
The shapes work well bundled into a pot together, or you could put one into a bowl or pot of contrasting yoghurt to make it ‘pretty’. I put this white penguin into a bowl of pink strawberry yoghurt, and added some sprinkles for a special treat. It went down so well, I suspect that a plain pot of yoghurt just won’t cut it any more!
I’d like to give credit to Keeley McGuire as I first saw this idea on her blog. I’ve also seen it in other places since, but that’s where I first spotted it. Many thanks for the inspiration!