It’s a piece of cake …
December 14, 2010 in Uncategorized
A while ago I found a recipe for French Yoghurt cake (see this link: http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2005/10/yogurt_cake.php) A simple French classic that has apparently been enjoyed for many years. Ever since Bev gave me the recipe for her chocolate cake (with yoghurt) I’ve been interested in what other cake recipes use yoghurt – hence how I stumbled on this French version. There are countless versions, variations and recipes available … but I chose the one above from C&Z.
Yesterday afternoon I finally got around to making it. Just like the chocolate version, this is so simple and easy. The cake batter can be mixed by hand in one bowl – with the only effort being that I sieved in the flour. I’d like to try a lemony version of this cake – but honestly, it was just so delicious in the plain form and both monkey girl and hubby wolfed it down with little sounds of delight.
I served it with some Cape Gooseberries – and the little bursts of tartness were the perfect accompaniment.
This really is a great stand-by ‘tea time’ recipe for those moments when you need something delicious but quick and easy.
Here is the list of ingredients:
1 cup of plain unsweetened yoghurt
1/3 cup of veg oil
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
(original recipe called for 1 Tsp of rum – which I omitted)
I whisked together the ‘wet’ ingredients first and then added the dry ingredients to the bowl. Mix together – but don’t over work the batter.
I poured the mixture into a ring tin and baked in a 180 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Dust some icing sugar over the top and serve plain or with some lovely fresh fruit.
And speaking of cake … moving further down to Italy, my absolutely favourite thing in the world (with some poetic licence!) is Panettone. I buy my first Panettone in November – basically as soon as I see it in store – so that I can “sample” it to determine whether it is fit for Christmas Day consumption. I sample another two during the month of December … just to be sure that it will pass my stringent quality tests. Then I have one for Christmas morning and another one for the run up to New Years eve.
I eat it plain … with some coffee. I’ve even been known to have a piece with a glass of champagne … it’s versatile stuff.
I once read up on how to make it – but quite frankly it looked like a lot of work – that was best left to the Italians! So I just buy it in a beautiful box from the shops!
Which ever cake you’re eating this festive season – I hope it’s delicious!
x Sim x