I went hunting through my photo archives, trying to find a photo of the finished yogurt cake. This one, above, isn't typical (it is a marbré or marbled version (simply add chocolate powder to half the cake batter, after emptying part of it in the pan. Pour over the top and bake). Photo note: that's an old roof tile from our mas. You can see the handwriting which records when the tile was made, the 30th. The year is not indicated.
Uncle Jacques' Gâteau au Yaourt
The first French yogurt cake I ever tasted was made by my mother-in-law, Michèle-France. She explained that she had used her son, Jacques', recipe. I had no idea my brother-in-law could bake!
The genius behind this cake is that there is no need to use measuring utensils. You need only reserve the yogurt container as a measure, once you've emtpied the contents into the bowl.
- one small (individual size) container of plain yogurt (reserve for measuring the remaining ingredients)
- vegetable oil
- three eggs (or two, if you prefer)
- one package baking powder* (about 2 teaspoons)
* I use the handy one most French cooks use, click here
Instructions (Easy as 3-2-1...):
Fill/empty the yogurt container...
...3 times with flour
...2 times with sugar
...1 time with vegetable oil (if I'm out of vegetable oil, I'll add half a cup of olive oil or butter...)
First combine yogurt, beaten eggs & sugar. Next, add flour and baking powder, stir. Add a pinch of salt... Pour in oil and mix well (Uncle Jacques recommends using "un fouet" (whisk) to mix the batter. Pour into a cake pan (or muffin tin) and bake for 30 - 40 minutes at 300°F (175C)
Extras: Jacques suggests adding sliced (canned) pears (drained from their syrop) to the top of the cake before baking. The pears will sink nicely into the cake for a sweet "second version".
I sometimes mash up bananas and add them... or sneak in some grated zucchini or carrots. Kids will never know what hit 'em. Chocolate chips are great inside, too!
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You can use many kinds of cake pans, like this Bundt pan, for your yogurt cake. I like to toss in goodies, in the middle. Fresh strawberries are lovely there, too! In the first photo, a bread pan was used, and in the video, above, I used a round cake pan.