Marfigs' Munchies

Adventures in vegan eats and feats

lemon squares with balsamic plums

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I’ve been trying over the past while to scour the internet for more savoury, dinner-type foods in order to focus on a more realistic rounding off of the day food-wise. Pudding is great. Pudding is mandatory. However I cannot eat pudding all day long. Somewhere I need space in my food pouch for all the lovely veggies and beans and nuts waiting eagerly to be devoured, so I’ve decided that small helpings are the way to go – that way I get pudding twice a day! 😀

One of my favourite treats is CCK’s healthy lemon squares. I’m a sucker for custard-y goodies and a bit of acidity to add a twang to my tongue. I also happened to have bought a plastic tub of beautiful plums, and decided it was high time to get stuck in and use them creatively. When it’s fig season you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be doing the below with my most precious ingredient.

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I sliced 1.5 plums into slivers and swirled them in a TBSP of balsamic vinegar in a small ramekin for an hour or so in the fridge to counter their sweetness. I use rye flour for the crust, so I figured the little plum slices would soak magically into the crust and make each bite softer than what it normally is with this flour.

I also added a tsp of caramel essence to the lemon custard batch, along with the zest of one lemon. Next time I’ll be brave and scrape out one of my vanilla pods from Madagascar!


For some reason this batch of “custard” came out so different – rich, almost like a cream cheese *delightful shivers*. Pressing out the tofu really helped – excess moisture in this recipe does not do one any favours for binding.


Ta da! I absolutely adore the colour seeping through! A fair warning – the plums did give off a bit of moisture of their own, so after the two hours in the fridge I found some water droplets atop the squares. I just plodded down a sliver of paper towel. Easy peasy.


The obligatory crust money shot >:)


Can I truly describe how happy I am with this? Probably not! Man-thing says the first bite is sweet and then mellowed out by the subtle flavour of the balsamic with the sharp edge of the lemon zest.

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I managed a batch of 12 out of this – one for each slice of plum. I don’t think it does justice to the lemon squares to try and get 16 out of it without making one’s soul very sad.

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Easy to make, too easy to eat – a great after-dinner treat or even something nice to take along to an informal tea gathering, methinks. For science I’m going downstairs now to eat some, because I’m very meticulous, obviously. My real reason may be that Man-thing is trying out the ice-cream maker (on his own initiative, by himself!) and I’m rather nervous. He’s been soaking nuts and blending and whizzing about in the kitchen with such ease – I’m hoping he will become our dedicated ice-cream maker, since although I love the idea, the machinery makes me lazy. *fingers crossed* 😀

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

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