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Saturday, 18 June 2016

French Yogurt Cake

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Sometimes I just have a craving for cake.   I haven't yet been able to sort out a way to make a diabetic cake which actually tastes good and has a texture that I enjoy, but I am working on it.  I have decided that a tiny taste of what  you enjoy  once in a blue moon has to be enough, and so every now and again I treat myself to a slice of cake.  Not an over the top cake . . .  mind . . .  but, beggars can't be choosers can they!

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And so long as you watch your carbs really closely the rest of the day, then there is not a lot of damage done.  So after having eating nothing but protein,  non starchy vegetables and a bit of fruit all day . . .  this is my reward!

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A simple and delicious French Yogurt Cake.   It uses plain unsweetened set yogurt, and you can use low fat if you wish without too much problem, but I just use the regular stuff.  The yogurt pot is your measuring cup, although I have gone to the trouble of converting it to measurements for you, just in case you don't have yogurt pots, like me.  I always buy my plain yoghurt in a large tub.  (And I favour Yeo Valley.  I can't help it.  Its delicious even on its own.)

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There is only 1 TBS of oil used in the cake, which is why I don't really worry about using full fat yogurt.  No butter or marg or shortening.  Two large eggs, and of course there is sugar.  I have never tried making this using sugar substitution.  To be honest I don't really like the flavour of it, and it can have some adverse affects on the digestion.  ahem . . .

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In any case this is a beautiful, ordinary, simple cake that is low in fat and goes together quickly and easily.  You simply bung everything into a bowl, beat it together and then bake.

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You do brush a bit of fresh orange juice onto the cake when you take it out of the oven and while the cake is still hot.  It kinda soaks in.  Lovely jubbly.

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*French Yoghurt Cake*
Makes one 9 inch cake
Serving 8
This cake is moist and delicious.  You use a yogurt pot as the measure.  You can't get it wrong!  I have also provided proper measurements for your convenience. 

125g pot of plain set yogurt (4.5 ounces, or generous half cup)
2 pots of sugar (240g or 1 1/4 cups)
3 pots plain flour (200g or 1 3/4 cup )
2 large free range eggs
1 TBS sunflower oil
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch salt
the juice of one orange divided
icing sugar to dust the finished cake with


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Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 9 inch deep cake tin and dust lightly with flour, shaking out any excess.  Set aside.


Place all of the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat together by hand until smooth, using only 1/2 of the orange juice, and reserving the remainder for after.  Pour into the prepared cake tin.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.  Remove the cake from the oven.  Pierce the top with a skewer all over and then pour the remaining orange juice over top.  Allow to cool in the pan for five to 10 minutes, before tipping out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Dust with icing sugar evenly, but sparsley.  No need to go overboard.  Delicious!

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Bon Appetit!

12 comments:

  1. This looks so good. I'm on low carb and though I know it won't taste half as good may try this with my sugar and flour substitutes. I do miss cake!

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    1. I know Carol, cake is well . . . cake! and such a special thing. I am interested in knowing what you use as a flour substitute? I wouldn't mind trying that! Let me know how you get on! xoxo

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  2. Barbara from Austria18 June 2016 at 10:26

    And you could add some berries or replace 1/3 of the flour fith grated nuts... delicious! :-)

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  3. I love this cake:) Jacques has creme fraiche with it..

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    1. Mmm... I love Creme Fraiche. I'm a glutton. (and it shows! lol) xo

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  4. I love this cake and make it every time I have to treat friends to tea. It is generally the first cake that children here in France learn to cook. However I generally rather use three eggs, 1 1/2 pot of sugar and half a pot of sunflower oil. What is awesome with this cake is that you can add anything you want inside: vanilla extract, chopped apples, nuts, chocolate chips, melted chocolate which I mix to the dough etc. It's up to you to invent your own recipe!

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    1. Thanks for that Virginie! Much appreciated! You have some very lucky friends! xo

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