September 23, 2018
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Desserts with a Twist

Citrus cheesecake, lemon charlotte, and lemon bars.Citrus cheesecake, lemon charlotte, and lemon bars.
Citrus cheesecake, lemon charlotte, and lemon bars from Maxine’s Café and Bakery.

Citrus fruits are praised for their significant benefits — reducing the risk of a stroke and providing rich doses of Vitamin C — for the body, mind, and soul. Completing the wellness trifecta, these tasty lemons, limes, tangerines, and oranges put the perfect tang in all your favorite spring desserts. We’ve spotted the trend all over town — from lemon tower cake at Biaggi’s to orange freeze milkshakes at Steak ‘n Shake.

At Maxine’s Café and Bakery, we sampled lemon charlotte, a lemon mousse dessert with ladyfingers surrounding a heavy cream filling, and lemon bars, shortbread crusted squares with a lemon filling. The 23-year-old treatery also offers an occasional citrus cheesecake with orange and lemon zest and a graham cracker crust.

Other notable cheesecakes include Piece of Cake’s lemon chiffon, which is layered with lemon cake and topped with lemon custard and whipped cream, and Grand Traverse Pie Company’s key lime cheesecake with graham cracker crumbs sprinkled on top.

Panera Bread offers orange scones, deriving their flavor from an orange peel zest and a drizzle of orange icing. Each of Lic’s Deli & Ice Cream’s six Evansville locations offers a fat-free orange sunrise sorbet treat for those preferring lighter fare.

For breakfast, Truffles Eatery & Catering in Newburgh, Ind., serves a divine platter of orange cream stuffed French toast: Challah bread filled with orange marmalade and cream cheese and topped with caramelized pecans and maple syrup.

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