Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice

Readers email me about a lot of different things… cooking questions, substitution ideas for recipes, to tell me funny stories about their children or dogs, but the most common messages ask for healthy dessert ideas.

HEALTHY. DESSERTS.

Is there really such a thing? It’s sort of a oxymoron, don’t you think? Like a FRIENDLY ARGUMENT or JUMBO SHRIMP; Healthy Dessert sounds like a CLEARLY MISUNDERSTOOD concept.

When I think of dessert, I think of excess, decadence, fat, carbs, sugar. I think of rich chocolate and silky cream. “Healthy” is not on the radar when I ponder dessert. So like an HONORABLE SINNER, I rebelled against this concept for some time, but have now decided to give it some consideration.

Friends longing for healthy desserts don’t want to ruin the party for everyone else. The GREATER MINORITY simply want to treat themselves without being burdened by guilt. Although I rarely have guilt after eating something sweet, I can appreciate that train of thought. If I put this in terms of shoes it makes total sense… If I give in and buy the sassy, over-priced, red heels–remorse is sure to follow!

So this one’s for you, healthy dessert eaters. You deserve a chance to indulge while staying MASSIVELY THIN. *smile*

I’ve combined Meyer Lemons and Black Peppercorns for a delightful Italian Ice. Sound strange? Meyer lemons are less acidic than regular lemons and have a slight floral essence. This, paired with a touch of peppery heat in the back of your throat, makes a tantalizing treat.

Plus~It’s Healthy!

Black pepper is thought to help with digestion, provide powerful antioxidants, and even break down fat cells!

On top of being a great source of vitamin C, lemons also aid digestion and are know to “cure” all sorts of ailments including canker sores, eczema and reduce fevers.

(What’s a little white processed sugar in comparison to all these benefits?)

If that weren’t enough to close the sale, this is perhaps the easiest recipe ever. If you can use a zester and boil water, you can make Italian Ice. Although you could put this in your ice cream maker to speed up the freeze time, no special equipment is required. You are 6 ingredients away from a light, yet blissful, reward.

If you can’t find Meyer Lemons, substitute regular lemons. Either way, it’s TERRIBLY GOOD!

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes active time

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice

Ingredients:

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 ½ Tb. lemon zest
¾ cup Meyer lemon juice, freshly squeezed (6-8 lemons)
1 Tb. freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of salt

Directions:

Boil 3 cups of water and add the sugar to the pan. Stir until the sugar in completely dissolved and remove from heat.

Add the Meyer lemon zest and juice, pepper, and a pinch of salt. Stir well.

Pour into small 4-6 serving cups and freeze.

When ready to serve, place on the counter for 10 minutes to soften. (You could also pour it into one larger container to freeze. Then shave it with a spoon into serve dishing later.)

Looking for more healthy dessert ideas? Try these…

Grapefruit Basil Sorbet

Mexican Chile Pops

Strawberry Basil Ice

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60 Responses to “Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice”

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 27, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    What a great idea! Love this flavor combo!

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    Belinda @zomppa — March 27, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    Healthy AND delicious!

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — March 27, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Pepper and lemon, what a great combo!! I am sure it tastes unbelievably good.
    Great pictures, Sommer!

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    Shirley — March 27, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    I’m with you, I think dessert should be an indulgence! Like double or nothing. I’m not fond of peppercorns in dessert (had an ice cream version once), but lemon ice is always light and refreshing.

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    jennifurla — March 27, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    What a special treat, so vibrant..and so different

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    Fresh and Foodie — March 27, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    Wow — how cool is this?! What a unique recipe. I love italian ice but would have never thought of adding pepper!

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    Pachecopatty — March 27, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    Just had to check out what you’re up to with the Meyer lemons!
    Interesting, lively flavor combination in an Italian ice;-)
    Love the pictures too, just love the yellow with the peppercorns;-)

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    • Sommer — March 27th, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

      Hey Patty! Bet you thought I’d never get a hold of any Meyer lemons after all my whining. Let’s just say I know a guy…. ;)

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    Monet — March 27, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    Yum. I’m all about healthy desserts, but I’m always in need of new recipes. I love the unusual flavor combination here. Thank you for sharing with me. After a very long week, it is refreshing to return to the blogs/people that I love. Your words mean more to me than I can express. Many blessings this week!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — March 27, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Love lemons…and italian ice!! This looks so refreshing and tasty! ;)

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    elle marie — March 28, 2011 @ 12:51 am

    love, love the yellow props… did you buy the yellow prop background? I’m looking for new background sheets for my set up but they only have limited colors… I really like this a lot.. it lemons just pop.. and I would do anything to taste a meyer lemon.

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    • Sommer — March 28th, 2011 @ 6:21 am

      Hi EM~

      I go with cheap backdrops because I always get food on them. :)

      This was just a poster board.

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    Suchitra — March 28, 2011 @ 1:09 am

    It’s healthy, sumptuous and a visual treat for your eyes! lovely recipe :)

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    Angie's Recipes — March 28, 2011 @ 1:39 am

    This could be the most creative ice I have ever seen. I wish I could taste some :-))

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    Peggy — March 28, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    What a unique flavor combo! Definitely going to give this one a try! =)

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    Deeba — March 28, 2011 @ 4:22 am

    As good as it gets. Might try this with limes as we don’t get Meyer lemons in India. The very thought of lime and pepper is tantalizing yum! Gorgeous post!!

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    Liz — March 28, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    As much as I love decadent desserts (and shoes, BTW), this sounds both delicious and refreshing….mmmm.

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    5 Star Foodie — March 28, 2011 @ 5:19 am

    Always on a lookout for ideas on healthy desserts, and this is sure a fabulous one! Love the combo of sweet meyer lemon and fragrant peppercorns, nice!

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    Amy | She Wears Many Hats — March 28, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    Yummy! I bet this combo is so satisfying. My mouth is watering!

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    Lea Ann — March 28, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    I am loving the peppercorns in this. I’ve never made Italian Ice. This looks absolutely delicious. Love the photo with all the peppercorns scattered around on the yellow.

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    fooddreamer — March 28, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Quite frankly, I HATE having to eat healthy desserts…fortunately being low carb for my diabetes doesn’t mean I have to be low fat ;) But this ice looks so flavourful and refreshing, I’d eat it happily!

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    MaryMoh — March 28, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Very unique and special. I would count that as a treat :D

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    sonia — March 28, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Omg…the lemon drink is looking so tempting. I cant wait to try this version of urs…too gud !

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    Feast on the Cheap — March 28, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    How unique!

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    sweetlife — March 28, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    oh goodness a lovely spring combo, I love ices and our temps here are wuicly rising!! stunning sommer!

    sweetlife

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    Sophie — March 28, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Oooh Sommer! what a tasty & well flavoured special taste aka ice cream or sorbet??

    MMMMMMM,..I adore your vibrant yellow pictures!! Another must make!! :)

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    carolinaheartstrings — March 28, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Wonderful. The post, the recipe, the pictures!!!! Just awesome.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — March 28, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    We were looking at ice cream makers this weekend, didn’t buy one yet but will be trying this recipe soon. I love lemons and my husband loves ices. We’re set! Beautiful photos once again :)

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    Victor @ RandomCuisine — March 28, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Love the combination of flavor. Healthy and delicious. Glad that I bump into your blog. Will sure pass by more often.

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    Susi — March 28, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    This is a healthy dessert I could get on board with. I have been in love with Italian ice ever since we’ve lived on the east coast and had Rita’s available. This would certainly satisfy my craving plus I can never say no to anything citrus :o)

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    torviewtoronto — March 28, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    flavourful for summer looks good

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    Magic of Spice — March 28, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    What a refreshing combination…love it :)

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 28, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    Thanks Sommer for thinking of our waistlines, especially with summer just around the corner, I could use a good healthy dessert that’s easy to make like this one. I love the addition of peppercorn here, it’s always nice to shake up traditional flavors with some added heat.

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    Aldy — March 28, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Ooo… Sommer, I’m absolutely loving this healthy dessert. Fabulous combination for summer !
    This makes me think of hot summer days trying to lick the ice cream before it melts :)

    Loving the yellow background :)

    Cheers,

    Aldy.

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    Trish — March 28, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    What a unique combination of ingredients! I love peppercorn and citrus…I would love this. Love how it’s a healthy dessert too :-)

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    kari — March 28, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    This looks great and refreshing!… but I will admit that I’d probably want a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt right beside it :) Sort of like a lemon-pepper dreamsicle!

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    A Canadian Foodie — March 28, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    Your post JUST appeared in my mailbox and look how late that is. I am JUST posting my FIRST experience ever with a Meyer lemon – and will link to this post for a look at abundance of Meyer lemons and a fun way to use them (AAA-CHOO) It looks like you had a blast with this dessert and I imagine it was very light bright and sparkly.
    :)
    Valerie

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    Katty — March 29, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    I’m a MAJOR Italian ice lover with a budding Meyer lemon tree in the living room. Hope to try this when I have my own lemons! Lovely post and photos! And who’dathunk to add black pepper? :)

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    Kristen — March 29, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    I love the photos. You really presented this unique dessert in a great fashion. Healthy or not, you would have everyone hungry for more.

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    Kristen — March 29, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    More of the Italian ice, that is…I hope that came out right.

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    Katerina — March 29, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    To be honest I fall under the first category. The richer the sweet the more I love it! I am of the eopinion that if I will sin, I will do it all the way, no regrets, no tears! With your photos you succeeded in making this so to say “light sweet” very tempting even for my standards.

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    Sanjeeta kk — March 29, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    A recipe which is going to save me from summer heat! This is so simple and yet so healthy with the peppercorns in it. Very exciting recipe, indeed, Sommer.

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    Kita — March 29, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    What a wonderful flavor contrast. I love pepper – probably more than I should and these sound to die for. (they look awfully pretty as well!)

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — March 29, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    This looks mighty yummy, Sommer.

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    Tiffany — March 29, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    This looks delicious! Perfect for a North Carolina summer day… although in the Triangle, it feels more like winter than summer! URG! Anyhow… amazing pictures and beautiful looking dessert!

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch — March 29, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    This may be your most interesting pairing yet! I would’ve never thought to combine lemon and pepper in a dessert! It looks perfect for summer :)

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    egb — March 30, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    Yum! Love the flavor combination and it looks so easy. Great post.

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    Joy — March 30, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    That looks lovely. I love italian ice. I would never think of adding peppercorns.

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    Kate @ Diethood.com — March 30, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Oooooh meyer lemons with peppercorns….this sounds gooooood! I love Italian Ice – I will print this right now because I think it’s going to become the ‘go to’ summer treat when I need to lose a few elbees, but I also need to get my dessert fix!

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    Julie M. — March 30, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    So unique Sommer! You recipes put me to shame. You really are one talented chef!

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    Debi (Table Talk) — March 31, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    What a great shot; I love the peppercorns scattered about! –Also love any individual desserts, especially when they are guilt free!

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    pigpigscorner — March 31, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    I like the idea of adding peppercorn! Very creative!

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    Kelsey, from Happyolks — April 4, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    This sounds so intriguing! YUM! I feel like this recipe totally lives up to your name, a spicy “perspective” on italian ice. :) P.s… I LOVE those little cups, where did you get them!?

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    81 degrees right now. I’m ready for some lemon Italian ice. Bring it on!

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    Jason Phelps — April 4, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I love this combination of of citrus and pepper. I am now figuring out when I can make it.

    Jason

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    Megan — April 4, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    My husband would absolutely love this, he loves a little kick to everything he eats. I would never have thought of adding lemon and peppercorns for a dessert. Awesome!

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