Peaches and Cream Popsicles

Summer on a Stick

by: Jen Farr

Peaches and Cream Popsicles

Peach popsicles

Our current food obsession is peaches. When peaches are in season they are remarkably sweet, soft, and delicious. In fact, this is one fruit that I never purchase out of season, because it's always so disappointing. When it is peach season we take full advantage and find different ways to eat them almost every day. Since peaches have a firm flesh they are perfect for grilling and adding to a salad, and don't be afraid to freeze fresh peaches. Simply slice them and place in a single layer on a baking sheet, then pop the sheet in the freezer. Once the peaches are frozen, transfer them to a freezer friendly container and bring them out again to enjoy in the winter. This year I wanted take the classic combination of peaches and cream makes something special. These peaches and cream popsicles are an end of summer delight for the whole family. 


Peaches and Cream Popsicles


6 medium peaches, peeled and pitted
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp vanilla


recipe-directions-flower To peel the peaches, cut a shallow "x" in the bottom of each peach and place them in a large, heat proof bowl. Pour boiling water over the peaches.

The boiling water will loosen the peach skin, through the "x".

peaches peeled

recipe-directions-flower After a few minutes, carefully remove the peaches from the bowl and the skin will easily peel right off.

recipe-directions-flower Slice the peach open and remove the pit. Chop the peach slices.

peaches in pot

recipe-directions-flower Place the peach slices and the sugar into a small pot and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer until the fruit is broken down. Approximately 10-15 minutes.

recipe-directions-flower Once the fruit has broken down, remove from the heat.

recipe-directions-flower To make the fruit pureé pour the peach sauce into a food processor and process until smooth. Another option (the one I use) is to use a spatula to press the sauce through a fine metal sieve placed over a bowl. Pressing the sauce through the sieve will create the same smooth consistency of a food processor. We chose to keep the pulp in our sauce. Set sauce aside.

whipped cream and peach puree

recipe-directions-flower Lightly whip the heavy cream, honey and vanilla. The kids can do all the whipping, because the cream does not need to be heavily whipped. 

recipe-directions-flower There are two different methods for making the popsicles. For the first fold 3/4 of the whipped cream into 3/4 of the peach pureé. Scoop the combined peaches and cream into the popsicle mold.

recipe-directions-flower For the second method, keep the peaches and cream separate. Spoon peach pureé into the popsicle mold, topped with whipped cream, followed by more peach puree.

recipe-directions-flower Place the popsicles in freezer and use all of your patience to wait for the popsicles to freeze.

peaches and cream popsicles
recipe-directions-flower Enjoy!

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Stinging Nettle Spanakopita

A delicious twist on the classic Greek dish!

by: Jen Farr

Stinging Nettle Spanakopita

Stinging nettles recipe

You are out hiking through the woods with your kids and someone starts complaining that they have been stung by something, but there isn't a bug to be found. What you do see is a tall plant with multiple, jagged edges on the dark green leaves. You have run into the common wildflower, stinging nettle. Stinging nettle is native to Canada (and most of North America, Europe and Asia). Often thought of as a weed, stinging nettle has been valued over time and across many cultures as a healthy, nutritious and fibre packed plant. Ask my daughter, and she'll tell you that the sting hurts and she cannot even begin to imagine actually eating it. Yet, that is exactly what we did.

While it is possible to forage for stinging nettle in parks and forests,  I prefer purchasing my stinging nettle at our local farmers' market. If you plan on taking the "pick your own" route, be sure to wear long sleeves and gloves to avoid being stung. The sting usually lasts anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. So, how can we possibly eat it and why would we want to eat it? Never fear, there are a few simple ways to get rid of the sting; cook the plant, soak the leaves or dry the leaves. Stinging nettle is similar to spinach and is a great source of vitamins A, C, D, iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium. We picked up a (well sealed) bag of stinging nettles and transformed them into delicious stinging nettle spanakopita.

Stinging Nettle Spanakopita



6 sheets of phyllo pastry
2 tsp melted butter
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
8 cups stinging nettle leaves and thin stems
1 tbsp lemon juice
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
salt and pepper


A word of warning - do not handle the stinging nettles with your bare hands. To wash the stinging nettle leaves, wear gloves or place plastic bags over your hands. Pick through nettles and choose the leaves and tender stems. Use tongs to place the greens in a large bowl of cold water. Swish them around and wash off any dirt. Dry nettles in a salad spinner and set aside. The kids can help with this step, as long as they are wearing gloves and use tongs. 

stinging nettle spanakopita with tongs

 Pour olive oil into a large skillet and warm over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic in oil. Toss and heat until shallots and garlic have softened.

 Once the shallot and garlic are soft, use tongs to add the stinging nettles. Stinging nettles cook like spinach, the leaves will wilt down from the heat in the pan. Toss the nettles with the shallot and garlic. Splash with lemon juice and add salt and pepper.

 Once all the nettles have wilted, remove the mixture from the heat and set aside to cool. The nettles are perfectly safe to touch and eat now - the kids won't believe you - but they really will not sting.

stinging nettle filling chopped

 Pour the nettle mixture onto a chopping board, use a sharp knife to finely chop the nettle mixture. 

 Add the crumbled feta cheese to the cooled greens and toss until well combined. Add more salt and pepper to taste.stinging nettle spanakopita with feta

 Lay once piece of phyllo pastry on the counter and brush with melted butter. Layer on a second piece of phyllo pastry. Cut the phyllo pastry into thirds. You should have three long strips of phyllo pastry.

stinging nettle spanakopita in phyllo pastry

 Working with one strip of pastry at a time, place 1 tablespoon of filling onto the end of the pastry that is closest to you. Now, fold the phyllo pastry over and to the left, creating a small triangle. Repeat the triangle fold all the way up the pastry.

stinging nettle spanakopita folding

 When you reach the end of the pastry, brush the outside with a little more melted butter and set on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the filling has been used.

stinging nettle spanakopita on baking sheet

recipe-directions-flower Bake the stinging nettle spanakopita in a 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. The baking time will vary, depending on the amount of filling used in each triangle.

stinging nettle spanakopita baked

 Let cool and enjoy. 

stinging nettle spanakopita done

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