Lemon Buttermilk Popsicles

Before we get to popsicles and the mere necessity of investing in a popsicle mold and the green light to slurp your way through sweet sweet goodness and discussing the perfect consistency of frozen treats…I need to announce that I am now an aunt to one more lovely lovely little girl.  Seriously, she is beautiful.  Beyond so.  We are in the realm of gorgeous.

Holding her, I can see my sister in law.  I can see my brother.  I can only imagine what we will see as she grows.  I look at that 2 day old face and I am at awe.  Wondering what this little itty bitty person will become.  What she will see in her lifetime.  There is a chance she will see the year 2100.  Seems impossible, but possible all at the same time.  It is so beyond what my mind can fathom.

I think we like her.

I think we will keep her.

Now, we can talk popsicles.

Almost as gorgeous as day old babes.
I kid.

First and foremost…we are gonna need a popsicle mold.  Anything to hold a bit of sweet liquid gold and deep enough to hold a popsicle stick.  I am thinking…when in a bind, a muffin tin would work or an ice cube tray for mini guys.  Or small dixie cups.  I would go to great lengths for frozen summer treats.   Addicted?  I think so.

This is the one I am currently loving.  The popsicle sticks remain upright and straight-ish, each mold can be removed from its main structure – which made extracting the popsicles from the molds and clean-up a breeze, and I really just love the final shape of the popsicle.  The little things, people.  The little things.

Lets get to the nitty gritty of this popsicle…because yeah, I used buttermilk.  Call me crazy – it’s cool.  I thought I was headed straight towards destruction, as well.  But it was either try these popsicles or have buttermilk go bad, because it was HOT and I wasn’t about to turn on the oven to bake a cake or a pie or biscuits…which is my normal plan of action when I have buttermilk that is a day away from the garbage disposal.  And yea, I know I can freeze buttermilk in ice cube trays…but you see…I don’t have ice cube trays.  But popsicle molds…those I do have.

I also had lemons and sugar and according to Bon Appetit…I was mere moments away from the best lemon popsicles I had ever tasted.

Sweet, yet perfectly tart.  The buttermilk not only rounds out the tartness of straight lemon juice, but it allows for the consistency that I crave in a popsicle.  They need to freeze to a solid state, but they need to be able to crush and give away when I take a bit and smash the piece between my tongue and the top of my mouth.  You see, I can’t chew cold food.  It hurts my teeth…but I can smash.  And these smashed perfectly so.

I like the tidbits of lemon zest that float about in each bite, but if you aren’t a fan…then finely chop or give them a few turns in a  small food processor.

I would urge you to make these if you have extra buttermilk hanging about and don’t fret…they don’t taste a thing like buttermilk…so if you must, leave that info out of the title when you hand them to your kids after a long day at the pool or your friends when they stop by on a sweltering Saturday.

It can be our secret!

No lemons?  Use lime….But I am also thinking frozen cherries might be fun or pineapple.  Summer is just beginning…the possibilities are limitless!


Lemon Buttermilk Popsicles
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 2 or 3 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 + ⅔ cups buttermilk
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and buttermilk. Whisk until sugar dissolves - test this by dipping finger into bowl and rubbing mixture between pointer and thumb finger and when it is no longer gritty, the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Divide mixture evenly between 8 to 10 popsicle molds (depending upon size of mold) and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  3. To remove popsicle from mold, carefully run warm water over the outside of mold for a few seconds per side. The popsicle should easily slip from mold.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Congrats! She’s absolutely adorable. Also, I’m totally jealous… mostly because I only have nephews, and I’ve always wanted a little niece to spoil rotten. Not that I don’t spoil the boys rotten, mind you, but I think they’d object to wearing frilly dresses just to humour their Aunt Izzy. :)
    I’m also madly in love with these popsicles. I’ve done a lemon-buttermilk gelato before that is to die for, so I can just imagine how wonderful the combination would be in popsicle form instead (because popsicle > gelato).

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