Frozen Mai Tai Slushy Pops

Chill out with these boozy summer ice pops based on your favorite tiki cocktail: the mai tai! With a unique slushy consistency (thanks to the ample amounts of rum), they’re exactly what you need to beat the summer heat! Whether you call them ice pops, otter pops, freezies, or Zooper Doopers (hello friends from down […]

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Chill out with these boozy summer ice pops based on your favorite tiki cocktail: the mai tai! With a unique slushy consistency (thanks to the ample amounts of rum), they’re exactly what you need to beat the summer heat!

Whether you call them ice pops, otter pops, freezies, or Zooper Doopers (hello friends from down under!) one thing is for sure: these refreshing summer treats are sure to make you smile. Especially when booze is involved (these aren’t your childhood ice pops, that’s for sure!)

Aqua blue background with metal tray filled with ice, and mai tai cocktail, bright orange ice pops, and pineapple pieces

Folks, it’s hot.

Like, really, really hot.

There are a few other recipes I’ve been working on, but they all seem to require the oven, which is the last thing I want to do in this unbearable heat. So you may have to wait a bit for those perfect M&M cookies and that unreal blueberry cream cheese coffee cake (but they’re coming, I promise!)

In this kind of heat what I really want to do is stick my head in the freezer. But since that’s not exactly energy efficient, these slush pops are the next best thing.

With a unique slushy consistency (thanks to the ample amounts of rum), these cocktail-inspired treats are a grown up version of the classic ice pops from your childhood. They’re made with pineapple, orange, and lime juice, plus a healthy dose of rum, and some orgeat (a fragrant almond syrup), all frozen together in one deliciously refreshing treat.

Overhead, Frozen Mai Tai Slushy Pops on a metal tray with a cocktail glass and pink umbrella.

Mai Tais are one of my favorite summer cocktails.

A classic mai tai features a blend of rums, orange liqueur, lime juice and orgeat (a fragrant almond syrup). It’s bright and fruity and oh-so-refreshing, which made me think it’d be a perfect candidate to be pop-ified.

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Blood Orange Curd Brownies

Vibrant in both flavor and color, these blood orange brownies feature a layer of rich, fudgy chocolate brownie topped with a tart blood orange curd. Chocolate and orange are a classic combination, but not one often seen in brownies (or if it is, flavored with little more than a bit of zest or orange extract). […]

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Vibrant in both flavor and color, these blood orange brownies feature a layer of rich, fudgy chocolate brownie topped with a tart blood orange curd.

Chocolate and orange are a classic combination, but not one often seen in brownies (or if it is, flavored with little more than a bit of zest or orange extract). This lovely layered treat is as much about the citrus curd as it is about the brownie, resulting in a rush of flavor and luscious texture in each and every bite.

Cut squares of Blood Orange Curd Brownies topped wtih little wedges of blood orange, on parchment with whole and cut oranges around.

I first set out to make a lemon bar brownie, with a layer of tart lemon curd on top of a rich chocolate brownie. It was an unusual idea, for sure, but I was kind of excited about it, to be honest.

But Taylor has some sort of moral opposition to the combination of lemon and chocolate, why I cannot say, and managed to talk me into doing an orange version instead.

I actually made a half batch of each, one orange, one lemon, for research purposes, and brought both with me to ceramics class along with a paper to collect votes on which one everyone preferred. It was a close match, but ultimately the orange won by a single vote. And who am I to deny the people what they want?

Neat grid of Blood Orange Curd Brownies cut into squares, one piece propped up to showcase the perfectly defined layers of brownie and deeply-colored blood orange curd.

My main challenge when testing this recipe is that orange curd, unlike lemon curd, has a tendency to be somewhat bland tasting (especially when you are comparing it bite for bite to lemon curd, which is why it surprised me that the orange version won, since it was my first batch and the orange was rather dull in comparison).

While the flavor of orange and chocolate go together beautifully, the lemon definitely had a noticeably brighter, punchier flavor. I wanted to see if I could replicate that tartness in the orange version.

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Vibrant Celery Salad with Dates & Pistachios

We often find ourselves with leftover celery after making soups (anyone else?) and now we’ve found the tastiest way to use it up! This celery salad (with dates, mandarins, and pistachios, oh my!) is SO fresh, bright, and crunchy that you’ll wish …

Vibrant Celery Salad with Dates & Pistachios

We often find ourselves with leftover celery after making soups (anyone else?) and now we’ve found the tastiest way to use it up! This celery salad (with dates, mandarins, and pistachios, oh my!) is SO fresh, bright, and crunchy that you’ll wish you had leftover celery every week! 

It’s the perfect simple side or appetizer to pair with richer entrées.

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How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea

There’s nothing like a warm and soothing drink on a chilly day! And if it’s got some legitimate benefits? We’re there! This Fresh Ginger Tea is one of our all-time favorites (delicious AND nourishing), and we finally got the perfected proportions writt…

How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea

There’s nothing like a warm and soothing drink on a chilly day! And if it’s got some legitimate benefits? We’re there! This Fresh Ginger Tea is one of our all-time favorites (delicious AND nourishing), and we finally got the perfected proportions written down so we could share it with you! 

Not only is it super gingery, fresh, and easy to make, but it’s full of health benefits and SO much tastier and more potent than a tea bag!

How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea from Minimalist Baker →

Orange Cranberry Almond Bread

Orange Cranberry Almond Bread

This Orange Cranberry Almond Bread includes almond flour for a moist, tender crumb in a quick bread that is bursting with orange and cranberries! Cranberry and orange are two ingredients that are a match made in heaven. Sweet-but-tart cranberries are always well balanced by zesty-yet-sweet orange juice. This recipe adds almonds to …

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Orange Cranberry Almond Bread

This Orange Cranberry Almond Bread includes almond flour for a moist, tender crumb in a quick bread that is bursting with orange and cranberries! Cranberry and orange are two ingredients that are a match made in heaven. Sweet-but-tart cranberries are always well balanced by zesty-yet-sweet orange juice. This recipe adds almonds to the mix for a loaf that is a delicious addition to any breakfast or brunch menu.

Almond flour – also known as almond meal – is a great ingredient to work with in all kinds of baked goods. It can yield a denser and more tender cake than regular flour, as well as adding a mildly nutty flavor and a bit of additional protein. Of course, when it comes to baked goods, you probably shouldn’t count on them as a major protein source most days, but it’s still nice to boost that nutritional profile when you can. You can make your own almond flour by grinding almonds in the food processor, but these days there are many good commercial brands to choose from.

The recipe is flavored with fresh orange juice and zest, and it is studded with plenty of cranberries. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries, as both will work just fine in this recipe. To draw a little more attention to the ground almonds, I also added some sliced almonds to the bread for a little bit of crunch. The bread is moist and tender, with a slightly denser crumb than the recipe would have it I made it with all purpose flour alone. It holds the up cranberries perfectly, so the finished loaf is beautiful to look at. You get a nice orange and cranberry flavor in every bite, with a subtle almond flavor. It’s delicious and a great twist on a more traditional cranberry orange bread.

The loaf will be a touch flatter than all-flour quick breads, so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t rise quite as much as some other loaves do. It will still develop a nice top crust, particularly if you sprinkle it with a bit of coarse sugar before baking.

Orange Cranberry Almond Bread
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1 tbsp orange zest
3/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
coarse sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. If desired, line the bottom of the loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter, egg and orange zest. Stir in half of the flour mixture, followed by the orange juice. Stir in the remaining flour mixture and, when it has been almost completely combined, fold in cranberries and slivered almonds. Mix until cranberries are well-distributed and no streaks of flour remain visible.
Pour batter into prepared pan. If desired, sprinkle loaf with 1 tbsp coarse sugar.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly pressed
Allow loaf to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen it and turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf; serves 10.

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Endive Salad

This endive salad recipe is a mix of refreshing, tangy and sweet! Combine this bitter green with orange, Parmesan and…

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This endive salad recipe is a mix of refreshing, tangy and sweet! Combine this bitter green with orange, Parmesan and red wine vinaigrette.

Endive salad

Need a great winter salad? Try this Endive Salad: equal parts refreshing, tangy, bitter, crunchy, and tangy! Bitter endive pairs perfectly with juicy orange and a sweet tart red wine vinaigrette. Top it off with savory Parmesan shavings and crunchy almonds, and the contrasts are divine. Each bite is crunchy, sweet, savory and citrusy: you’ll feel the winter blues melt right away.

What is endive, anyway?

Endive (or Belgian endive) is a leafy green that has a small white head and leaves with yellow green tips. The flavor is crisp with a bitter finish. Endive is often used in salads, but the cup-like shape of the leaves make them ideal for serving appetizers, like endive with smoked trout.

Endive Salad

Ingredients in endive salad

This endive salad features the famous flavor pairing of endive and orange, which really do go hand in hand. The bitter crunch of endive against the juicy burst of citrus is truly special. Here’s what you’ll need for this salad:

  • Belgian endive
  • Radicchio (thinly sliced, for color; or purple endive if you can find it)
  • Oranges
  • Sliced almonds
  • Pecorino or Parmesan cheese
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette

Radicchio is another bitter green; it’s flavor is much more intensely bitter than the endive. We like it here for color, so we’ve used only a bit chopped up. If you can find purple endive you could use that instead, or even another purple vegetable like red cabbage or red onion.

Endive Salad

For the red wine vinaigette

This endive salad pairs brilliantly with a homemade red wine vinaigrette: it’s got just the right sweet tart, zingy flavor to match the citrus and contrast the bitterness of the endive. It uses simple ingredients you’ll likely already have on hand in your pantry and fridge. Head to the Red Wine Vinaigrette recipe for specific instructions!

  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Garlic powder
  • Neutral oil or olive oil

Alternative dressings

There are lots of other dressings that would work with this endive salad. Here are a few homemade salad dressings that would pair well if you want to think outside the box:

Endive Salad

More salad recipes

This endive salad is elegant and works well in winter, when citrus and bitter greens abound. But you can make it any time of the year! Here are a few more stunning salad recipes:

This endive salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, omit the cheese.

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Endive salad

Endive Salad


Description

This endive salad recipe is a mix of refreshing, tangy and sweet! Combine this bitter green with orange, Parmesan and red wine vinaigrette.


Ingredients

  • 3 heads Belgian endive
  • ½ cup thinly sliced radicchio
  • 2 oranges, plus zest
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • Pecorino or Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • ¼ cup Red Wine Vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Cut off the bottom 1/2-inch of the endives. Cut the leaves in half lengthwise, leaving most of the smaller leaves whole. Rinse the leaves and blot them dry with a towel or place in a salad spinner to dry.
  2. Zest one orange. Then cut both of the oranges into segments (or simply remove the pieces).
  3. Make the Red Wine Vinaigrette.
  4. Place the endive leaves on a large plate or platter, or on individual plates. Top with the sliced radicchio, orange zest and slices, sliced almonds and shavings of Pecorino or Parmesan cheese. Top with the red wine vinaigrette (taste and add more if necessary).
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: Endive salad

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Orange Cardamom Energy Bites (No-Bake!)

Okay friends, there’s a new energy bite in town and it’s on major repeat in our kitchen. It’s no secret that we love cardamom (hello, chai!) and orange (juice, anyone?), but when we combined them with our Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites, something m…

Orange Cardamom Energy Bites (No-Bake!)

Okay friends, there’s a new energy bite in town and it’s on major repeat in our kitchen. It’s no secret that we love cardamom (hello, chai!) and orange (juice, anyone?), but when we combined them with our Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites, something magical happened, and the Orange Cardamom Energy Bite was born! (Happy birthday, bites!)

These bites are sweet, zesty, and decadent and perfect for a quick snack or sweet treat after dinner.

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Cranberry Orange Cake Bars

Cranberry Orange Cake Bars

Cranberry orange bread has long been a holiday tradition in my family, and in fact was one of the earlier recipes I shared on this site – about 16 years ago! Zesty orange and bright cranberries are a natural pairing. These Cranberry Orange Cake Bars take those classic flavors and …

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Cranberry Orange Cake Bars

Cranberry orange bread has long been a holiday tradition in my family, and in fact was one of the earlier recipes I shared on this site – about 16 years ago! Zesty orange and bright cranberries are a natural pairing. These Cranberry Orange Cake Bars take those classic flavors and combine them in a cake-like bar cookies that are wonderful addition to any holiday cookie plate.

One of the nice things about bar cookies is that they’re quick to make and even easier to share than a loaf cake. These bars are no exception.
The bars are cakelike and tender, almost more like pound cake than a brownie or regular cookie. They will just seem to melt in your mouth, leaving you with the delightful flavor of orange and cranberry. They include fresh orange zest, whole cranberries and dried cranberries. The whole cranberries are tarter than the dried, while the dried are sweeter and chewier for a nice contrast with the fresh fruit.

Like a classic pound cake, these bars don’t contain any leavening. The eggs in the batter add just enough air into the batter to give the cake an extremely tender crumb and a perfectly light texture. So don’t think it’s a typo that this recipe doesn’t contain baking powder or baking soda! The batter comes together very quickly and it will be ready to go into the oven in minutes.

I like to line the baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil to make it easy to remove the bars from the pan for slicing. Let the bars cool completely before slicing. I’ll slice one pan into about 20 pieces for easy sharing. If you want to make these bars the centerpiece dessert at a holiday dinner, cut them into larger slices and serve them alongside a small scoop of ice cream or whipped cream!

Cranberry Orange Cake Bars
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 tbsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole cranberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, butter, orange zest, vanilla extract and salt. Add in flour and whisk to combine, stirring just until no streaks of flour remain. Fold in cranberries and dried cranberries.
Pour batter into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until bars are golden and set. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Makes 20 squares.

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Tart Cherry Mulled “Wine” (2 Ways!)

Today we’re bringing you our new favorite holiday drink! This tart cherry mulled “wine” was inspired by traditional, oh-so-delicious mulled wine that usually brings red wine and spices together in a warm, comforting drink. We swapped the wine for tart …

Tart Cherry Mulled “Wine” (2 Ways!)

Today we’re bringing you our new favorite holiday drink! This tart cherry mulled “wine” was inspired by traditional, oh-so-delicious mulled wine that usually brings red wine and spices together in a warm, comforting drink. We swapped the wine for tart cherry juice and were blown away by the result (and the health perks)! 

It’s a delicious, non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine, but you can also add whiskey or rum if you’re after a boozy twist.

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Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry and orange are a match made in heaven, especially during the holiday season. I love making cranberry orange bread, muffins, and Cranberry Orange Scones. These bakery style Cranberry Orange Scones are such a treat! The scones are soft, tender,…

Cranberry and orange are a match made in heaven, especially during the holiday season. I love making cranberry orange bread, muffins, and Cranberry Orange Scones. These bakery style Cranberry Orange Scones are such a treat! The scones are soft, tender, and dotted with juicy dried cranberries. There is a hint of orange zest in the…

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