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Lemon Apricot Scones

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Sari, Julie, and I made these scones for a potluck yesterday. They were light and delicately lemony on their own, but the lemon-vanilla glaze drizzled over the top gave them a bit of a sweet-and-sour bite. These scones would be perfect for breakfast, paired with tea or coffee, and were delicious as a dessert as well!

Here is the recipe we adapted (and veganized) from a lemon scone recipe from The Cheeseboard Cookbook.

Scone Ingredients:
3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped small
Grated zest of 1 large lemon
3/4 cup white sugar
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tblsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup cold Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine), cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups soy milk
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Glaze Ingredients:
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tsp. lemon zest, for sprinkling over scones at the end

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Combine apricots, lemon zest, and sugar in a small bowl.

P1000734Mix 3/4 cup of soy milk with the apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup. Set aside for a few minutes till it curdles. While you wait, sift the flour, baking soda, and baking powder together into the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl. Add the salt and lemon sugar to the bowl and mix on a low speed until combined. Add the margarine and cut it in on low speed for about 4 minutes, or until it is the size of small peas.

P1000738Make a well in the center and add the soy milk and apple cider vinegar/soy milk mixture. Mix briefly, just until the ingredients come together; some loose flour should remain at the bottom of the bowl.

P1000746Gently shape the dough into balls about 2 1/4 inches in diameter (they should have a rough, rocky exterior) and place them on the prepared pan about 2 inches apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool.

P1000757To make the glaze, 5 minutes before the scones come out of the oven, pour the lemon juice and vanilla into a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the confectioners’ sugar to make a smooth mixture. Line a work surface with newspaper and place a wire rack on top. Transfer the scones to the rack. Let cool for 5 minutes, then use your whisk to drizzle the glaze over the top of each scone. We sprinkled a bit of extra lemon zest over the scones for a finishing touch. Let the glaze set before serving.

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Lemon Bars

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I recently found a tree in my neighborhood that is bearing the largest most beautiful lemons by the hundreds, and they are falling to the ground all over the place. To aid this problem, I have taken to pilfering a few lemons at a time during nighttime walks. What to do with them? Clearly, lemon bars were the answer. This recipe is from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. They are delicious and melt in your mouth and not-too-sweet, not-too-tart, perfectly balanced and gooey. Mmmm.

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Chocolate Covered Biscotti

I’m not sure this deserves it’s own separate post, but I dipped some of the cranberry pistachio lemon biscotti in dark chocolate and here are the pictures! We sprinkled some ground pistachios on top for a pretty garnish.

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Cranberry Pistachio Lemon Biscotti

I adapted a biscotti recipe that I found on Bryanna Clark Groban’s blog, adding cranberries instead of ginger to her lemon biscotti recipe. I like these so much, and they were very easy, so I plan on making more biscotti soon, maybe trying out some chocolate flavors. For my first try, I think I didn’t bake them quite long enough because they are still chewy in the middle, but honestly, I like that better than the traditional super-crunchy biscotti texture–and they are still yummy when dipped into tea or coffee! We dipped some in chocolate, and you can look forward to seeing those pictures posted soon.

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Lemon Bundt Cake with Cashew Icing

I made a lovely lemon bundt cake last night, and couldn’t decide how to ice it. Originally I thought I would cut the cake in half horizontally and spread some poppy seed filling in between the layers, and make a lemon glaze to pour over the top. However, the cake didn’t rise as much as I expected, and I didn’t think cutting it in half would work very well. So I re-evaluated, and became inspired by Hannah Kaminski’s Cashew Icing that she put on her own lemon bundt cake. I’m so glad that I decided to use her recipe, because it is thick, rich, and delicious to eat just on it’s own, and wonderful when paired with the summery lemon cake. I also made a sweet lemon sauce that I served with each slice.

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Spring is here and what would be a better way to spend a day in the sun than with strawberry lemonade? I found this recipe recently, and was enamored of both the idea and the photograph of the cupcake. I have been waiting impatiently to try it out, and when I finally did, it certainly was worth the wait – the taste was heavenly! The coconut milk in the cupcake really added to the rich flavor and moist texture. I added extra lemon juice and zest to the cake batter, since I wanted a really tangy flavor. I made my own veganized version of a lemon strawberry buttercream, which looked beautiful with the chunks of strawberry and large strips of lemon zest mixed into the pale pink frosting (colored only by strawberry juice!). I also made a strawberry jam from scratch and piped that into the middle of each cupcake.

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Adding lemon zest to the cake batter:

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Beating the strawberries into the buttercream frosting:

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After we piped the strawberry jam into the centers of the cupcakes, they looked like little jelly-donuts! Too cute to pass up taking another picture:

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