This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a part of the first Ag + Art Tour of Florence County. It was a fabulous weekend of meeting local people and farmers! Fresh produce was everywhere and there were the most gorgeous strawberries I have ever seen!
They were so gorgeous they sold out before lunch on the first day of the tours! I was talking with Mrs. Jan (she and her husband own the farm) and she told me about some of her favorite strawberry related desserts – strawberry cheesecake, shortcake, chocolate dipped. As we were sitting outside rocking in the heat (it was 94* on Saturday! eeekkkk), I thought to myself “Boy…I sure would love a popsicle right now”.
Here’s a fun new recipe for you to try based off of the gorgeous strawberries from the Davis Farm :)
Strawberry Lemon-Lime Popsicle
Makes about 6 popsicles
- 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1/2 cup raw cane sugar (can substitute Stevia)
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 drops Lime essential oil
- 2 drops Lemon essential oil
- 1 drop Black Pepper essential oil (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
Place sliced strawberries, sugar and water into a bowl for 15 minutes. Pour mixture into a blender. Blend on medium for 1-2mts or until smooth. Add Lime, Lemon, Black Pepper (if using), and salt, blend to combine. Divide between popsicle molds, leaving 1/4-inch space at the top for expansion.
Freeze overnight or until completely frozen before removing from molds. Dip in lukewarm water for 10 seconds to unmold each popsicle.
If you want a softer popsicle that’s more chewy, transfer mixture to a saucepan after it’s soaked, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. You can hasten this along by transferring the mixture back to the bowl and setting that in a bowl of ice water. Once cool, divide between popsicle molds.
I’ve only paired strawberry with lemon, and I was missing out because lime is the perfect contrast to strawberry’s spun sugar/cotton candy/pink frosting earnestness! It’s second only to the black pepper, which you can add at whatever level you’re comfortable with. You’ll be amazed by how well strawberries and black pepper go together!
Hosting a Summer Cocktail Party? Try this!
Looking for a fun adult version for a summer cocktail party? Put a shot of white tequila in a glass wide enough to dip popsicle. Yes, you can double-dip!
What popsicles are you whipping up this summer? I’d love to try some new recipes!
One Popsicle Loving Lemon