A few months ago I went on a craft week in Derbyshire (home of the Bakewell Tart) and as always I was looking out for new recipes and ideas.
I came across a recipe for a cake using yoghurt. Now in the past, every cake I have made with yoghurt in the ingredients was not a success with it either being straight to bird table or straight to bin!
Anyway, I tried this one out and was really pleased with the results.
I used Greek style full fat yoghurt and I am sure low or no fat yoghurt would not do! – If using my own yoghurt I would strain it a little so it becomes thicker.
I have made a few alterations to the original recipe.
It is similar to a Polish placek (flat cake) and baked in a rectangular tray.
250g butter or block margarine
225g caster sugar
150ml of Greek style yoghurt (full fat)
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence or the fine grated rind of 1 lemon
280g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Blackcurrant jam or sour cherry jam or other slightly tart jam
50g of dessicated coconut
Grease and line 22 x 32 baking tin – use 1 piece of greaseproof to do the 2 long sides and base.
Pre-heat the oven to GM4 – 180 C
Mix together the yoghurt, eggs and vanilla essence or lemon rind.
Mix together the flour and the baking powder.
Beat together the butter and sugar .
Add the yoghurt and egg mixture and beat well.
Add the flour mixture and beat till you have a unified smooth mixture.
Using a big spoon and spatula put the mixture into the prepared tin.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Carefully take the cake out of the oven and place large teaspoon ‘blobs’ of jam on the top – I did 12 teaspoons at even intervals.
Drench the top with the coconut and quickly put it back in the oven
Bake for around another 25 minutes.
Place on a cooking rack and leave until it is cold to take out of the tin.
Cut into squares or rectangles to serve.
As a nod to Derbyshire, I used my Royal Crown Derby – Derby Posies – teaplates to serve.
They are marked XXV which indicates 1972.
I think that the basic batter of this cake lends itself to quite a few variations – I intend to try some of these out in the coming months.