Monday, January 19, 2009

When You Have Lemons...

I have had some strange contradictions of taste lately- one minute I want warm and comforting, the next I want fresh and light. So here is fresh and light! 

I have been looking for a yogurt cake recipe that isn't too rubbery. Most recipes work best with thick, whole milk yogurt like the Fage one, but I didn't have any on hand, so I used a basic lowfat one, and it worked pretty well. The lemon can be replaced with another citrus- orange, grapefruit, etc.

Lemon Yogurt Cake 

1 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. plain yogurt (thick, whole milk is best, but you can make the cake lighter by using a lowfat kind)
1 c. sugar
zest of 1-2 lemons (depending on your fondness of really lemony taste)
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. melted butter
1/3 c. lemon juice

1 c. powdered sugar
3 T. lemon juice (or 1 1/2 T water and 1 t. vanilla)

Preheat the oven to 350*F

grate the zest of two lemons and squeeze the juice into a separate cup. Set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, zest, butter, eggs and juice. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and using a hand mixer, combine until it forms a smooth batter. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until a knife comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan, then cool completely on a rack or dish. 

For the glaze- combine the sugar with the juice so it forms a glaze. Pour over the cake and let it harden for a few minutes. Enjoy either warm or at room temperature.

... and the next minute.... marble cake.


The Food Librarian said...

Your yogurt cake looks wonderful with those thin slices of lemon. I just made the Barefoot Contessa's yogurt and it was delicious. She uses oil instead of butter. I'm going to have to try your recipe too!

Donna-FFW said...

I love lemon cakes. Especially with the glaze. Such a pretty presentation!! I havent tried a cake with yogurt. I usually use buttercream, but I'll have to give this a try. Looks so nice