Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Lemon yogurt cake

I saw this recipe by Rachel Allen on one of her shows – I like her because she’s lovely and because she’s Irish and because of the way she talks with a gentle Irish accent (rather than a strongly incomprehensible – but still lovely - accent), and because those of her recipes that I’ve tried have worked well - according to my husband. I can’t personally attest to this because while I may cook non-vegetarian dishes for him, I don’t taste them at any point during the process.
Cooking on this basis, coupled with the fact that I’m not experienced in non-veg cookery, is very much a case of “man, I hope this doesn’t kill Pete or my guests”. I’m a bit more confident with cooking chicken now, but I’m not entirely sure about pork/beef unless I’ve pressure-cooked it, and I’m frankly absolutely terrified of fish.
So the one thing that I can happily try, and which usually work, are cakes – and as always, the easier the recipe, the happier it makes me.
This cake, sharp and lemony and sweet and moist, with a very slightly grainy crumb because of the ground almonds, was so gorgeous that I’m tempted to experiment with making it again but this time without eggs, so that the non-egg eaters among my readers and family can also ooh and aah over it.
It’s easy enough to make, if slightly more time-consuming than my favourite put-all-the-ingredients-in-a-bowl-and-stir type of recipes. But the few extra minutes are SO worth it for this citrusy cake. The rosewater flavour in the soaking syrup is mild, though, even though I used rosehip syrup to try and boost the rose aroma and taste.
Oh well... at least I tried.
Recipe for: Lemon yogurt cake
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Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup ground almonds
3/4 cup caster sugar (I used Tate & Lyle's)
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 tbsp honey
1-1/4 cup lightly stirred Greek yogurt (I used Total brand)
Zest of one large lemon
3/4 cup oil

For the syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice of one lemon (Use the one you zested)
10 drops rosehip syrup
1 tbsp rosewater (use 2 tbsp if you dont have rosehip syrup)

Tip: Make the syrup while the cake is cooking.

Method:


1. Sift together the self-raising flour and baking powder.
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3. Whisk the eggs, add the honey
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then add the yogurt,
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lime zest
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and oil.
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4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold in till combined.

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Do not beat. The batter will be quite thick.
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5. Grease an 8” round baking tin with butter, or spray with Pam or other non-stick spray.

6. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top, occasionally dipping the spatula in warm water to make the smoothing process easier. Bake in a 180C/350F preheated oven till the cake is cooked (about 30 minutes, but check with a tester.) It should have pulled away slightly from the sides of the pan.

7. Let the cake rest in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire tray placed over a plate.
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8. Cool the cake for a bit, then while it’s still warm, poke holes all over it with a skewer, including the edges of the cake.
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9. Spoon the lemon-rosewater syrup little by little evenly over the cake, waiting till it’s absorbed before adding more. Continue till the syrup is used up. Allow the cake to sit for 30 minutes before cutting.
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Serve the cake at room temperature.
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To make the syrup:

Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat till the sugar dissolves. Bring the sugar-water to a boil and let it bubble on medium-high for 7 minutes. Add the lemon juice, boil for 2 more minutes, then turn the heat off and let the syrup cool. When the syrup is cool, stir in the rosewater and rosehip syrup. Reserve till required.

RECIPE: LEMON YOGURT CAKE

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup ground almonds
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 tbsp honey
1-1/4 cup lightly stirred Greek yogurt (I used Total brand)
Zest of one large lemon
3/4 cup oil

For the syrup:

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice of one lemon (Use the one you zested)
10 drops rosehip syrup
1 tbsp rosewater (use 2 tbsp if you dont have rosehip syrup)

Tip: Make the syrup while the cake is cooking.

Method:

1. Sift together the self-raising flour and baking powder.
2. Stir in the ground almonds, caster sugar and salt.
3. Whisk the eggs, then whisk in the honey, yogurt, lime zest and oil.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold in till combined. Do not beat. The batter will be quite thick.
5. Grease an 8” round baking tin with butter or spray Pam or other non-stick spray.
6. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top, occasionally dipping the spatula in warm water to  make the smoothing process easier. Bake in a 180C/350F preheated oven till the cake is cooked (about 30 minutes, but check with a tester.) It should have pulled away slightly from the sides of the pan.
7. Let the cake rest in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire tray placed over a plate.
8. Cool the cake for a bit, then while it’s still warm, poke holes all over it with a skewer, including the edges of the cake.
9. Spoon the lemon-rosewater syrup little by little evenly over the cake, waiting till it’s absorbed before adding more. Continue till the syrup is used up. Allow the cake to sit for 30 minutes before cutting. Serve the cake at room temperature.

To make the syrup:


Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat till the sugar dissolves. Bring the sugar-water to a boil and let it bubble on medium-high for 7 minutes. Add the lemon juice, boil for 2 more minutes, then turn the heat off and let the syrup cool. When the syrup is cool, stir in the rosewater and rosehip syrup. Reserve till required.

5 comments:

Peggy said...

This sounds delicious!

Hayley Harland said...

this looks like a great alternative to good old english lemon drizzle cake, thedelectablediary x

oak dining room table said...

Wow! It looks delicious. I like the addition of yogurt to this cake.

devyani anand said...

my cake cracked from the top and was still uncooked after 30 minutes ... like squishy from the center. and it did not come out as spongy looking from the inside as yours :(

Shammi said...

Hi Devyani,

I'm sorry the cake didn't turn out well. From what you've said, it seems like you should have baked it for longer. The thing with baking is that different ovens behave differently and they do not always heat evenly or even to the correct temperature. You can use an oven thermometer to get an accurate reading of the oven temperature.

Alternatively, use the baking time given in any recipe as a guideline, not an absolute. That is, after the time mentioned, if the cake isn't cooked, bake it for a few minutes longer, check for doneness again, and so on, until the cake tester comes out clean.