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Dolce: Limonana Popsicles


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Israelis love ice cream, and they sure know how to get creative with it.  A recent Tablet magazine article highlighted some of the crazier flavors topping Israelis’ cones this summer: olive oil and za’atar, African monkey orange, and even this horrible-sounding “masculine ice cream” made of licorice, malt, rum, and…wait for it…tobacco.  It turns out that my favorite sorbet flavor from our Israel trip – “Limonana” or lemon-mint – is actually a bit humdrum to the Israeli palate.  Tangy and refreshing, yes.  But interesting?  Not so much.  Yet our limonana sorbet symbolized exactly what I love about Mediterranean cuisine: the flavor combinations and ingredients that natives might find banal or quotidian make me swoon.

We returned from Israel to a much hotter California, so I transformed limonana into my husband’s favorite summer treat: popsicles.  These are super easy to make – just boil up a few ingredients, chop up some herbs, and pour it all into those plastic popsicle molds from your childhood.  Easy peasy.

Limonana was only one highlight in our culinary adventure through Israel.  For more inspiration from my trip, read the 10 Best Things I Ate in Israel.  It’s sure to make you swoon, too!  –jaime

Ingredients

Makes 6 popsicles

2 cups water

2 lemons, zest and juice

1/4 cup sugar

3 ice cubes

6 tablespoons minced mint (it’s important to try to get the mint as small as possible to minimize it all floating to the top)

Directions

1. Place water, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a bowl, then simmer for 15 minutes so that the flavors marry.

2. Remove pan from heat and drop the ice cubes in.  Let cool for another 15 minutes or more.

3. Place 1 tablespoon mint at the bottom of each popsicle mold.  Pour the cooler liquid evenly into each mold, cover each with the “sticks” and freeze until completely frozen.

Tip: You may want to check on the popsicles after an hour and a half.  If you notice that all of the mint is floating up, try stirring it when the liquid is a little icier.  It might help spread it out.

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Limonana sorbet in Israel

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This entry was posted on August 1, 2013 by in Dolce, Frozen (ice cream etc.) and tagged , .

About Jacque & Jaime

Jaime and Jacque are two gals who discovered a mutual passion for Mediterranean flavors and ingredients and never turned back. They started Mezze & Dolce to share this love, their recipes, and their inspirations with the world. Follow them at www.mezzeanddolce.com.

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