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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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My parents visited me and my boyfriend in Oakland a couple weeks ago and brought me a bag full of lemons from their tree in LA.  They gave me a couple days notice so I would have time to prepare mentally for the onslaught of lemons that was about to enter my kitchen.  First I made lemonade, and true to my grandmother I used her simple and easy ratio! It honestly makes the best lemonade with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.

Grandmother’s Gold Coast Lemonade

1 c sugar

1 c lemon juice

4 c water

Mix all ingredients together and then refrigerate.

I next went about creating candied lemon peels like I made at work before Chez Panisse caught on fire.  It is an interesting process of blanching and boiling in simple syrup which I will post as soon as I get the whole thing down to a science myself! But even after all these recipes and uses I still had tons of lemons in my house which were quickly going bad… and then I remembered a childhood favorite. Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.  This recipe is adapted from the goddess herself, Isa Chandra.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

Dry:

2 cups All Purpose Flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds

1/2 tsp salt

Wet:

3/4 cup soy milk (or almond)

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup canola

1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons lemon zest

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk alternative

1/4 tsp lemon zest

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 375.

2. Combine all dry ingredients, taking care to sift the flour for maximum fluffiness.

3. Combine all wet ingredients.

4. Create a well and pour the wet ingredients with a fork into the dry ingredients until well combined taking care not to over mix.

5. Once combined use a spoon or ice cream scoop to fill each lined muffin mold in your pan.

6. Place in oven and bake for 23-27 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Place on a rack to cool and after they have cooled slightly spoon the glaze on top. Garnish as you like, I used chopped candied lemon peel but feel free to leave as is.

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Wake and Bake Hemp Seed scones with orange zest

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I must admit I am a wake and baker, though not of the pot smoking kind. I think scones are the best thing to wake up to in the morning, especially with a cuppa. My boyfriend is always thinking up new and crazy combinations to put together and last night he suggested hemp seeds in my coconut milk scones. WHY NOT? Hemp seeds are incredible, they have an equal balance of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for humans. They are a complete protein having all essential amino acids, have tons of magnesium, zinc, iron, and potassium…aren’t convinced yet? Just try these scones!

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2 1/2 c All Purpose flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 c sugar

1/4 cup hemp seed

1 generous cup of canned coconut milk (full fat and unsweetened)

1 tsp vanilla extract

zest of one orange

1. Preheat oven to gas mark 425 Fahrenheit. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl and then add the rest of the dry ingredients including the help seed. Add in the rest of the ingredients pouring slowly until coconut milk is combined.

2. On a floured workspace take the dough out of the bowl and flatten into a 9 inch round. Cut the round into 8-12 pieces depending on the size you like. Place on a baking sheet and lightly coat with more coconut milk and a dash of raw cane sugar. Place in the oven for 15-20 min or until outside feels hard and the edges begin to brown!

3. Get Sconed!

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