Extreme Lemon Cake

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This nondairy version of a classic Maida Heatter cake has the perfect pairing of lemons and sugar.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

Zest of 3 lemons
3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted pareve margarine, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup almond milk

For the glaze:

½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray.

Combine the zest of 3 lemons and 3 tbsp. lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.

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Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

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In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the margarine and sugar and beat until fluffy.

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Add the eggs, one at a time.

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Alternately, add the flour mixture and almond milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Fold in the zest/lemon juice mixture.

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Transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake for 55 minutes.

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While the cake is baking, combine the ½ cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup sugar in a small bowl.

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Once the cake comes out of the oven, allow to cool for 20-30 minutes and then remove from pan, turning it over.

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Brush the cake liberally with the glaze.

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This recipe comes from BuzzFeed – I started making these when the recipe was initially published and they were an immediate hit. I made a couple small adaptations by simplifying the instructions, adding milk chocolate chips, and decreasing the sugar. I used a scale to simplify the baking process and ensure accurate amounts.

Instructions:

2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar (200 g)
3/4 cup granulated sugar (175 g)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (300 g)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
flaked sea salt

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda)
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Whisk sugars, and break up well (using fingers if needed)

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Add melted butter and mix well.

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Whisk in both eggs and mix well, scrape down the sides. Add vanilla extract.

Add the dry ingredients and mix well

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Add the chocolate chips and mix well.

Scoop into roughly golf sized balls (I used a small cookie scoop). Place on cookie sheet and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days (wrapped in Saran Wrap). You can also freeze them at this point and remove from freezer to bake (add 4 minutes to bake time)

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Preheat oven to 375˚F. Place dough balls approximately 2 inches apart and top with a pinch of flaked sea salt.

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Bake for 11-15 minutes until golden brown.

Lemon Blueberry Cake

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This fragrant cake is perfect for spring and summer when fresh blueberries are in season.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup grapeseed/coconut/olive oil
1 ½ cups nondairy sour cream (Tofutti)
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 cups fresh blueberries, tossed in 1 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour

For the lemon frosting:

2 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
4 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

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In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, pulse the sugar and lemon zest together.

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Add the eggs, oil, sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla.  Process until well combined.

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Add the flour mixture and pulse until just combined.  Gently fold in the blueberries.

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Transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake for 45 minutes.  Allow to cool for 30 minutes while making the frosting.

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Combine the confectioners’ sugar, oil and lemon juice in a bowl.  Stir until desired consistency is reached.

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Spread the frosting as a thin layer over the entire cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Banana Bread with Buttercream Frosting

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This banana bread uses an interesting ingredient to make it super moist. Not one you would expect, but with a little explanation it makes sense. Mayonnaise. Yes it sounds weird, but mayonnaise is made up of oil and eggs, two ingredients that make this banana bread super moist.

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Make sure to use super ripe bananas because they are sweeter and have a better texture. Some grocery stores sell their over-ripe bananas at a great deal so look out of them- I got a massive bag of bananas for 99 cents.

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Ingredients:

For the Banana Bread:

6 Medium Bananas
1 cup mayonnaise
2 egg
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips

For the Icing:

1 cup butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk (depending how thick you want the icing)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line and spray a 9×13 pan.

Mash bananas in a large bowl (or mixmaster). Add mayo and egg and mix well.

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Add flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix until combined.

Add chocolate chips and mix briefly.

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Pour batter into prepared 9×13 pan.

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Bake for 40-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Allow to cool. Remove from pan.

While cooling prepare icing. Cream butter on medium speed for 3-4 minutes.

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Add icing sugar 1 cup at a time, alternating with milk. Add vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

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Ice the banana bread and cut into individual slices. I piped the icing on for the pattern here. These can be wrapped individually in Saran Wrap. Store in an airtight container.

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

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Because I believe that you can’t have too many blueberry muffin recipes…this one shines because of the high volume of blueberries. This batter makes the perfect dome because of the high heat at the start of the baking process. Light and fluffy and they freeze well.

Ingredients:

For the muffins:
1 cup grapeseed oil
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup almond/soy/coconut milk
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. kosher salt
5 cups blueberries, divided
For the streusel:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 stick (8 tbsp.) unsalted pareve margarine, cold

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F and line 18 muffin cups with liners.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the oil, eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla until well combined.

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In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups all-purpose and the whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the food processor and pulse until just combined.

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Toss 4 cups of blueberries with remaining 1/3 cup all-purpose flour. Reserve 1 cup of blueberries. Fold in the blueberries that have been tossed in flour.

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Using a large ice cream scoop, transfer the batter to the muffin tins. Top each of the muffins with the remaining 1 cup of blueberries, gently pressing them into the batter.

In a cleaned food processor bowl fitted with the steel blade, pulse together the streusel ingredients until small pieces of margarine remain.

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Sprinkle the streusel topping over each of the muffins.

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Bake for 8 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375F and bake for 25 minutes more, rotating the pans halfway through.

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Krispie Peanut Butter Brownies

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This recipe from Diane Morrisey uses a cake mix “hack.” I almost never use cake mixes but here is a great reason to make an exception…

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Ingredients:

2 packages of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge premium brownie mix
1 ½ cups chunky peanut butter
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups Rice Krispies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray. Prepare the brownie mix according to directions on the box (add ½ cup water, ½ cup grapeseed oil and 2 eggs) and bake for 32 minutes.

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Remove from oven and immediately spread 1 ½ cups chunky peanut butter over the warm brownie.

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In a double boiler, melt together the chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies.

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Spread over the chunky peanut butter layer and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Best Raisin Bran Muffins

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This raisin bran muffin gets its intense flavour from “cooked raisins.” This recipe makes approximately 18 muffins.

Ingredients:

4 cups wheat bran
3 cups raisins, divided
3 cups water divided
1 cup almond/coconut milk
Zest of one orange
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup grapeseed oil
2 large eggs and 2 large egg whites
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F and line muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium sized saucepan, combine 2 cups of the raisins and 2 cups of water.

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Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

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Transfer the plumped raisins to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until smooth.

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Add the wheat bran, milk, the remaining 1 cup water, zest, sugar, oil, eggs, and egg whites. Process until well combined.

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Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, and transfer the mixture to the food processor. Pulse until just combined.

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Fold in remaining 1 cup of raisins.

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Scoop batter into the muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes.

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Blueberry Lemon Loaf

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This recipe adapted from Baker Bettie combines blueberries, lemon and a tart glaze.

Ingredients:

For the loaf:

1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup Tofutti sour cream
¼ cup grapeseed/coconut/olive oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 tsp. lemon zest
2 cups fresh blueberries, divided

For the glaze:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp. lemon zest
2-4 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

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In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and zest.   IMG_3326.jpg

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Add the flour mixture and pulse until just combined. The batter will be thick.

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Fold in 1 ½ cups blueberries and transfer to the loaf pan.

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Scatter the remaining ½ cup blueberries over the top of the loaf.

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Bake for 65 minutes.

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Once the cake has cooled, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon zest in a bowl. Add lemon juice until the consistency is thick but pourable.

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Pour glaze on top of cake.

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The Momofuku Milk Bar Cake

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This post isn’t an original or modified recipe, but instead an experience with a recipe. I’ve included a link to the recipe I followed from Bon Appétit. I didn’t make any changes, but altered the proportions to make the cake larger. I made three times the cake batter from the proportions in the recipe and double the crumb and frosting. In hindsight I would have made triple the frosting as well (I ran a little short when assembling the cake).

I’ve included pictures of the process and a photo of the final product however you can follow the instructions and ingredients in the Bon Appétit recipe.

As for equipment, I bought a 10 inch cake pan for assembly at Michaels, and some sheets of acetate paper.

Mixed Dry Ingredients.

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Butter, sugars, and shortening.

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After adding eggs.

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After adding rest of the wet ingredients.

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After adding dry ingredients.

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Mixed crumb ingredients.

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Mixed frosting.

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Bottom layer of cake pieces.

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Assembled cake.

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Chocolate Tahini Cake with Tahini Frosting

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Adapted from Molly Yeh, this easy cake has the unique flavouring of tahini (sesame) in both the cake and the frosting.

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup almond/coconut/soy milk
½ cup tahini
¼ cup grapeseed oil
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
¾ cup brewed coffee, at room temperature

For the Frosting:

2 sticks (1 cup) pareve margarine, softened
½ cup tahini
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

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In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the milk, tahini, oil, vanilla, eggs, and coffee. Process until smooth.

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Add the flour mixture and pulse until just combined. Transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake for 28 minutes.

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Allow the cake to cool while preparing the frosting.

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Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar, followed by the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Spread the frosting over the cake and chill just before serving.

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