Kumquat Basil Dreamsicle Bars

Kumquat Basil Dreamsicle Bars

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I have a couple of kumquats sitting in my refrigerator. It’s amazing how long these little suckers will last in the fridge (they go bad pretty fast on the counter).

Lucky for me!

Lucky for my fellow book clubbers!

For this months book club, our last official meeting before summer, we’re reading Good Chinese Wife. Since we live here, we can relate a little bit to the story, but more importantly it gives an interesting perspective to what a Chinese marriage is like. The book wasn’t all that we expected it to be but book club is still awesome because we’re an awesome bunch!

Back to the Kumquat Basil Dreamsicle Bars… Wow that’s a mouth full! They are a fun little play on a classic Orange Dreamsicle Desserts. They were incredibly easy to make and beautifully tart without being overwhelming. The magical part of this dessert is to let it sit in the freezer for at least 4 hours. I left it for only 3 before pulling it out to take it to book club and the middle pieces were still very soft.

No matter how fast I snapped away with my camera, they started to melt quite a bit. If only I made them an hour before. But I have to say… the pictures turned out amazing!

 

Serves 12

Kumquat Basil Dreamsicle Bars

Kumquat and basil combine to create a new and delicious citrus flavour to the classic Orange Dreamsicle Dessert!

30Prep Time

15Cook Time

165Total Time

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Ingredients

    Crust1 Package Digestive Crackers
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter, cubed and cold
  • Kumquat Batter1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 8-10 Kumquats, grate the rinds and set aside
  • 10 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 cup Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/3 cup Orange Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 16 ounces Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1 bunch Basil, chopped (about 1/4 cup packed)
  • Extra thinly sliced basil leaves to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse the crackers, sugar and butter for 1 minute.
  2. Line a 13x9 glass baking pan with parchment paper so it's hanging over the sides.
  3. Press the crust onto the bottom of the pan. Press down hard to make sure it sticks together.
  4. Place in the freezer while preparing the kumquat batter.
  5. For the Kumquat BatterIn a blender add the lemon juice and orange juice with the peeled kumquats (not the kumquat rinds). Puree until smooth. Strain and set aside the liquid. Discard the pulp.
  6. With an electric mixer, beat cream and sugar until the mixture is light, fluffy and holds its shape when the beaters are removed.
  7. Add the kumquat rinds, condensed milk, juices, cream cheese and basil beating until well combined and thickened.
  8. Pour the mixture into the cold crust and return to the freezer for 3-4 hours.
  9. Before serving, remove the dessert from the foil and cut into bars.

Notes

The kumquat juice, lemon juice and orange juice need to equal 1 cup. If you have less than that add equal parts of lemon and orange juice to make a full cup. For clean cuts, wipe the knife after each slice.

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11 Comments on Kumquat Basil Dreamsicle Bars

Tara said : Guest Report May 16, 2016 at 3:57 AM

Such beautiful photos and styling! It is always difficult for me to take pictures of melty foods. They sound delicious. I have actually never eaten a kumquat before.

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Annemarie @justalittlebitofbacon said : Guest Report May 15, 2016 at 10:23 PM

These look so tasty! I love kumquats but don't buy them too often. I think I need to get to the store and pick up some more for these dreamsicle bars.

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Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report May 15, 2016 at 10:23 PM

There sure is! I just had a bar and balanced is the perfect description!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report May 15, 2016 at 10:22 PM

I hope you'll give this recipe a shot if you ever come across them. If you eat them raw you'll love them or hate them. One of my kids doesn't like the texture. The other two love them!

Peter @feedyoursoultoo said : Guest Report May 15, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Really great looking dessert. I need to try a kumquat. There is sweetness balanced with acidity in this decadent looking dessert.

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Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy said : Guest Report May 15, 2016 at 8:53 PM

I'm ashamed to admit I've NEVER eaten a kumquat in my tiny little life, HOWEVER...your recipe certainly intrigues me...Thank you!

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Tracy | Baking Mischief said : Guest Report May 14, 2016 at 1:02 AM

What a good book club host you are! ;) I haven't had a kumquat in YEARS. These bars make me want to change that, because they look fantastic for summer!

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sue | theviewfromgreatisland said : Guest Report May 14, 2016 at 12:41 AM

There are kumquat trees all over my neighborhood, I can't wait to try these!

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Tania said : Guest Report May 14, 2016 at 12:32 AM

What a tasty and exotic combination of flavors! This recipe goes to my "must try" list!

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melissa said : Guest Report May 14, 2016 at 12:19 AM

Oh my these sound delicious! I have loved dreamsicle bars since the ice cream man drove through my neighborhood when I was little. And thank you for the book reference, I am going to put it on my must-read list!

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Sarah @ Champagne Tastes said : Guest Report May 14, 2016 at 12:17 AM

oooo.. I love kumquats SO MUCH!! They're like someone gave a grape super powers, or used some kind of shrinking device on a tangerine.. and I CANNOT FIND THEM here!!! It's a tragedy. I look for them when I go to bigger cities with better markets. These look so amazing! Yummmm

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