BOOZY CITRUS & WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE POPSICLES // GUEST POST W/ VEGETARIAN VENTURES
Hey all! So excited to have Shelly of Vegetarian Ventures on the blog today featuring a gorgeous popsicle post. Shelly is a brilliant food photographer and one of my favorite food bloggers. She's always coming up with creative veg recipes, and just so happens to be a constant inspiration. In case you missed it, Shelly was kind enough to post my Rhubarb Curd + Coconut Milk Popsicles on her blog earlier this week. But without further ado, check out this frozen chèvre-citrus magic!
Hi hi! Shelly here – I usually blog over at Vegetarian ‘Ventures but Renee has been kind enough to let me share a recipe over here with all of you today!
Warm weather snuck up on us here in the Midwest. It feels like just last month we were stuck in the polar vortex and now we are already starting to see heat in the high 80s this month. This isn’t a complaint – more of an excited announcement. An excited announcement that grill-out adventures and rooftop picnics are no longer in our future – they are now!
These grownup popsicles will be the perfect dessert at your next party. They are whipped which help create a light texture (that won’t leave you feeling bogged down the rest of the evening) and are filled with unique and mature flavors like goat cheese, citrus liqueur, and blood oranges.
I would only imagine that you could make these all summer long with varying flavors as fruit comes into season. Think blueberry syrup, raspberry syrup, strawberry syrup, rhubarb syrup, etc. Heck, I bet you could even create a different flavored whip with feta for a completely different flavor profile.
*Tip: You will need popsicle molds for this recipe and if you don’t have any then I would recommend these. I’ve made popsicles dozens of times with this mold and I’ve never had problems with them sticking or losing shape.
Boozy Citrus & Whipped Goat Cheese Popsicles
- 4 ounces of goat cheese
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup citrus juice (I used blood orange but lemon, lime, or grapefruit would be good as well)
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, sliced in half lengthwise
- ½ ounce St. Germain (or a citrus liqueur like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
Place the citrus juice, sugar, and vanilla bean in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. As soon as the sugar has dissolved and it starts simmering, remove from heat and stir in the St. Germain. Fish out the vanilla bean pod and discard.
Divide the juice mixture between 10 popsicle molds making sure to leave space for the goat cheese whip. Stick in the freezer and let sit for at least 2 hours.
Next, place the goat cheese and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and turn the mixer on medium. Slowly pour in the heavy cream until it has combined with the goat cheese and turn the speed up to high. Beat until the volume has tripled in size and a light whipped cream has formed. Use a spatula to spoon the whipped cream into the half-full molds. Tap the molds against the counter to make sure there aren’t any air pockets and and fill each popsicle to the rim with whipped cream. Place top over molds and insert popsicle sticks. Let freeze for at least 5 hours or until completely solid throughout.
To remove popsicles from the molds, run under warm water for one minute. Lay the popsicles on a bed of ice to ensure them melting immediately or devour right away.