Creamy Lemon Pops

Creamy Lemon Pops

Creamy Lemon Pops stacked on a metal serving tray garnished with fresh strawberries and a bowl of lemons in the background.

CREAMY LEMON POPS

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It’s still summer, thankfully! So this means there’s still time to enjoy these delicious Creamy Lemon Pops. This week in central Alberta the weather is scheduled to be one of the nicest of the summer, assuming the weatherman gets it right of course!! It’s crazy to think people can predict the weather 30 years from now with global warming but can’t seem to predict two days out. It’s frustrating, to say the least, when trying to plan activities and having a very short summer season. But all my mumbling aside, these Creamy Lemon Pops are packed with lemon flavour from fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. They’re creamy and delicious but not overly sweet, which makes them great in hot weather.

Creamy Lemon Pops in a popsicle mold with a tray of Creamy Lemon Pops garnished with strawberries and mint in the foreground.

The recipe is a riff on a Semifreddo, meaning half-frozen and like custard-style ice cream. I’ve gone and added yogurt and lightened up on the sugar to make these lovely treats. They’re super creamy and indulgent, making them great for kids and adults alike. So go ahead and treat yourself while the sun still shines this summer, enjoy!

Creamy Lemon Pops stacked on a metal serving tray garnished with fresh strawberries and a bowl of lemons in the background.

Creamy Lemon Pops stacked on a metal serving tray garnished with fresh strawberries and a bowl of lemons in the background.
Creamy Lemon Pops
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    Servings Prep Time
    8 popsicles 20-25 minutes
    Cook Time
    4-5 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 popsicles 20-25 minutes
    Cook Time
    4-5 minutes
    Creamy Lemon Pops stacked on a metal serving tray garnished with fresh strawberries and a bowl of lemons in the background.
    Creamy Lemon Pops
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      8 popsicles 20-25 minutes
      Cook Time
      4-5 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      8 popsicles 20-25 minutes
      Cook Time
      4-5 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: popsicles
      Instructions
      1. In a small bowl whisk together egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. Place the bowl over a double boiler, making sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Heat over medium, whisking constantly until mixture registers 170°F, about 4 minutes.
      2. Remove from heat and place in the fridge while proceeding.
      3. Whip heavy cream until firm peaks hold. Place in the fridge until ready to use.
      4. Using the same beaters, whip the warm egg yolk mixture until creamy, lite, and cool/room temperature to the touch, about 4 minutes. Stir in Greek yogurt until combined.
      5. Fold whipped cream into egg mixture until combined. Divide evenly into 8-80ml popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Run warm water over the popsicle molds to loosen slightly before pulling the popsicles out. Popsicles will last for a week if kept covered and in the mold.
      Recipe Notes

      -If preferred, remove all popsicles at once and store them in an airtight container for up to one week.

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      Whiskey Lemonade

      Whiskey Lemonade

      Whiskey Lemonade served over ice in two glasses garnished with lemon slices.

      Whiskey Lemonade

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      Be ready for summer with this bright and refreshing Whiskey Lemonade. So simple to stir together and perfect for entertaining or just sipping yourself while enjoying the sun.

      I chose to use frozen lemonade concentrate in this recipe for two reasons. The first was for convenience and the second to control the strength and concentration of the lemonade. I first mixed the lemonade according to the can directions and felt that it lacked flavour, sweetness and brightness. I then changed to mixing the cocktail using the concentrate itself in frozen form. This allowed me to control how lemony and sweet I wanted the drink. Using it frozen also ensured a cold drink. One standard 295ml tin of frozen lemonade concentrate will yield 4.75 drinks. If I was serving at a party, I would mix the concentrate with the appropriate amount of water which is 700ml or just over 2.75 cups.  Once mixed, you can keep it chilled and mix with your whiskey of choice as needed. However you choose to mix it, it’s a very simple cocktail that’s perfect for a hot sunny day. Enjoy!

      Ingredients for Whiskey Lemonade displayed on a rustic wooden board.

      As I believe with any good cocktail, it’s important to use good quality water.  Either filtered or bottled is recommended as it eliminates the variance of everyone’s water, whether it be good or bad.  

      Check out these other wonderful summer cocktails!!

      Brent’s Best Margaritas

      Zesty Michelada

      Apple Lime Slush

      Author:  Compelled to Cook

       

      Whiskey Lemonade served over ice in two glasses garnished with lemon slices.
      Whiskey Lemonade
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        Servings Prep Time
        2 cocktails 10 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        2 cocktails 10 minutes
        Whiskey Lemonade served over ice in two glasses garnished with lemon slices.
        Whiskey Lemonade
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          Servings Prep Time
          2 cocktails 10 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          2 cocktails 10 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cocktails
          Instructions
          1. Fill two glasses half full of ice. To a cocktail shaker or large glass measuring cup add whiskey, lemonade concentrate and water. Shake or stir to mix and pour over ice, dividing evenly between glasses. Garnish with fresh lemon slices or wedges. Serve immediately.
          Recipe Notes

          -Using filtered or bottled water can make a huge difference.  Everyone's tap water is different and some not the best for drinking as they are loaded with chlorine, sulfur etc.  By using good water ensures a good tasting drink.

          - One 295ml Minute Maid frozen lemonade will yield 4.75 cocktails.

           

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          Beef Taco Crostada

          Beef Taco Crostada

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          Beef Taco Crostada is tasty and fun with flaky pastry, taco seasoned beef and endless topping options.  It’s like a taco pie without the pie plate.  For convenience, you could use purchased pie dough but I’m partial to finding the time to make my own, especially this one, because of the added maize (corn flour).  Since corn flour is gluten-free the pastry is very tender because there is less gluten than if you used all regular flour.  Corn flour also has a nice fine texture which aids in a lighter, flakier crust as well.  

          Ground beef cooked with taco seasoning, onions, peppers and black beans in a cream coloured cast iron skillet ready for Beef Taco Crostada.

          The ground beef is cooked with onions and green pepper and then seasoned with a taco seasoning blend for flavour and spiciness. Black beans add texture, fibre and Mexican flair. Cheddar cheese brings everything together.  The fun comes adding a variety of toppings to suit your taste.  I happen to like shredded lettuce, green onions, avocado, cilantro and sour cream.  Other options may include salsa, jalapenos, guacamole, tomato, red onion and black olives. Go crazy with the toppings and enjoy it, it’s a fun family meal.

          A wedge of Beef Taco Crostada topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and sour cream.

          Beef Taco Crostada
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 people 40-45 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            35 minutes 1 hour
            Servings Prep Time
            4 people 40-45 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            35 minutes 1 hour
            Beef Taco Crostada
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 40-45 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              35 minutes 1 hour
              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 40-45 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              35 minutes 1 hour
              Ingredients
              Pastry
              Taco Meat
              Servings: people
              Instructions
              Pastry
              1. Combine flours and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter chunks until pea-size or smaller. Drizzle with 4-5 tbsp of cold water and the vinegar tossing with a fork until dough becomes scraggly. Add another tbsp of cold water if necessary. Turn mixture out onto a clean work surface and knead until dough comes together. Form into a flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
              Taco Meat
              1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and green pepper and sauté over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add ground beef and continue to cook until beef is no longer pink and has started to brown, breaking up beef chunks as it cooks. Remove from heat and dab out any excess fat with a paper towel.
              2. Return to medium heat and add spices and water, stirring to combine. Allow mixture to come to a simmer and cook uncovered until most of the moisture has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
              3. Remove from heat and stir in beans and half of the cheese.
              4. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a large baking tray with parchment.
              5. Roll dough into a 14" circle that will be about 1/8" thick. Fold dough in half and move to your prepared baking tray.
              6. Spread beef mixture in the centre of the dough leaving a 1 1/2"-2" boarder of dough. Fold the dough boarder up and over the beef mixture, crimping the dough slightly as you go.
              7. Whisk egg with a tbsp of water and brush onto exposed pastry edge. Bake for about 35 minutes until pastry is golden.
              8. Remove from oven and top centre with remaining cheese. Cut into wedges and serve with desired toppings.
              Recipe Notes

              -The pastry can be made up to a day in advance and kept chilled until ready to use.

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