Have you ever seen a prettier loaf than this Lemon Glazed Vegan Lilac Lemon & Poppy Seed Loaf? This Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf is fluffy, perfectly moist and infused with the delicate scent of lilacs. Every bite is bursting with lemon flavour, a hint of lilac, pops from the poppy seeds and it’s all covered in an easy-to-make lemon glaze.
Tools I Use To Make This Vegan Lilac Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf
Here is a list of the main tools I use for this recipe:
- Lilac or lavender flowers or lavender extract
- Loaf tray
- Parchment Paper
How To Make Lilac Sugar
The sugar in this recipe is infused with lilac. It gives a subtle kiss of floral undertones. If you are making this, I suggest making a bigger batch. You can use the sugar in teas and lemonades among your baking ideas.
Lilac Sugar Instructions
- Delicately remove individual lilac flowers from the stems. Watch out for any small bugs hitchhiking on your blossoms.
- Fill your glass jar with sugar and top with lilac flowers. Gently shake.
Store in a cool dark place for at least 2 days or up to a week to infuse the sugar with the delicate floral scent.
- Shake the jar once a day to help evenly distribute the flowers with the sugar. It is normal for the sugar to get moist and lumpy after a day. If this bothers you, you spread sugar on a baking sheet for an hour to dry out before adding it back to the jar and shaking it.
- When the scent is infused after a few days, pluck or sift out the flowers and enjoy your lilac sugar!
What If I Don’t Have Dried Lilac Flowers?
If you do not have dried lilac flowers, you can use dried lavender or lavender extract and fold it into your cake batter. This is not to be confused with lavender essential oil. You do not want to eat that.
Vegan Lilac and Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf with Lemon Glaze
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields 1 loaf/10 slices | 484 calories/serving
For Vegan Lilac and Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf with Lemon Glaze
3/4 cup oat milk
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp lemon zest
½ cup canola oil (or light neutral oil)
¾ cup of lilac sugar (or vegan cane sugar)
3 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup sifted vegan powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest (optional)
Lilac flowers to decorate
1 cup organic vegan cane sugar or granulated sugar
½ cup lilac blossoms
1 glass jar
Instructions / Vegan Lilac and Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf with Lemon Glaze
- Preheat the oven to 350F and ensure the oven rack is in the middle position. Grease or line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Add oat milk and lemon juice and zest to a large mixing bowl and let sit for 3-4 minutes. This will curdle the milk and give it a flavour you are familiar with. Add oil, sugar and vanilla and whisk until thoroughly combined and the sugar has dissolved.
- Add flour, baking soda, and baking powder to a sifter and sift over the bowl with wet ingredients. Sprinkle in poppyseeds. Use a wooden spoon or hand mixer to blend until incorporated and no large lumps of flour remain. This should take about 2 minutes. Be sure not to overmix.
- Pour batter into loaf pan. Tap 3-4 times on a hard surface to remove air bubbles.
- Bake in the middle for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The oven temperature can differ so keep an eye on your loaf (do not open the door!)
- Let it cool completely on a cooling rack. In the meantime, prepare the frosting by mixing together powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest (optional) together in a small bowl. If you want the icing thinner, add a teaspoon more lemon juice. If you would like it thicker add more icing sugar.
- Once the loaf is cooled, remove it from the pan by gently lifting the parchment paper or by turning it over and tapping the bottom. If the loaf gets stuck, gently run a knife around the edges to loosen it.
- Drizzle over the loaf with the lemon glaze and decorate with lilac flowers.
- Susan Pratt is an entrepreneur, vegan chef, food photographer and author who enjoys life with her family in beautiful North Vancouver. Susan shares her love of cooking vegan for her family through her SusanCooksVegan brand that eating healthy doesn't need to be daunting or inaccessible. Susan creates approachable, delicious and visually appealing plant-based dishes and shares recipes and video demos on her website. Watch for the exciting upcoming launch of The Susan Cooks Vegan Cooking Show series on UnchainedTV: Vegan News Network.
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