Cooking

Cocktails: Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Cocktails is a Tablecrafter series on updated versions of classic alcoholic drinks.


Some things must be appreciated in their original state, but there's no denying that brainstorming the various ways to reinvent a classic is much too fun to completely forgo. In this recipe, we take the definitive French 75 and add an interesting twist. The citrus element of the cocktail comes in the form of an intensely flavored popsicle. Light, effervescent, and refreshing, our variation on the libation easily reminds us of the best summer cocktails we've had. 

Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Yield: 8 popsicles
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes (5 min prep / 1 hr 30 min freezing)


Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. champagne
  • ⅓ cup gin
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice

Procedure:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the champage and pour into popsicle molds and leave about ¼ of an inch allowance.
  2. Freeze for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until solid.
  3. Serve popsicles inside a glass and pour champagne over.

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Cooking

Make It Fresh: Melon Pan

Make it Fresh is a Tablecrafter series that features great recipes that you can recreate at home.


Popular in many countries, particularly in Asia and Latin America, the sweet melon pan captures more hearts by the minute. Not necessarily melon flavored, its name can be attributed to its resemblance to a melon. Although the bun has a various flavorings, from actual melon to being filled with custard. Simultaneously sweet, crisp, and fluffy the bun triumphs in textural variety. Savour each crumb of this bun at home by making yourself a batch. 

Melon Pan

Yield: 16 servings
Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (2 hours and 30 min prep / 15 min baking)


Ingredients:

bread dough

  • 300g bread flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp instant dry yeast

cookie dough

  • 120g all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • sugar, for sprinkling

Procedure: Bread Dough

  1. Combine the yeast, milk, and sugar in a small bowl or jug and cover. Set aside for 5 minutes then stir in the egg.
  2. Combine the flour and salt in a stand up mixer with the hook attachment.
  3. Add the liquid mixture and stir to form a soft dough, knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  4. Transfer the dough in a greased bowl and cover. Set aside in a warm place to proof for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Procedure: Cookie Dough

  1. Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and creamy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla essence, mix until throroughly combines. Fold through the flour and baking powder.
  3. Roll into a log and chill for 25 minutes.

Procedure: Assembly

  1. While the cookie dough is setting, divide the bread dough into 8 equal parts and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  3. Roll out the chilled cookie dough to 5mm thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out 3 inch wide cookies. 
  4. Once all the bread dough has been kneaded and the cookie dough has been rolled out and cut, place the cookie dough on the divided bread dough and wrap together.
  5. Score the cookie dough surface diagonally and roll on the granulated sugar. Repeat for all bread rolls.
  6. Place the prepared bread rolls on a lined oven tray and set aside for about 10 minutes or until doubled in size.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.

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