Every Friday, we choose and share a recipe by a French or French-cooking-inspired chef in our newsletter segment, 'Recipe of the Week'. This week, why not sweeten up your Saturday by making Audrey Le Goff's Orange Yogurt Cake.
"Just like crêpes or the apple tarte tatin, this Orange Yogurt Cake is a must-have in your baking repertoire if you are French. It is one of the most popular cakes to bake (and eat) in the country, as it is a perfect heirloom recipe: it is simple, but it just works so well"
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Orange Yogurt Cake
Serves: 8 - Prep Time: 20 Minutes - Cooking Time: 50 Minutes
1 cup (200g) sugar
½ orange, zest and juice
½ cup (120g) Plain 2% m.f (milk fat) yogurt
3 large eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cup (187g) all purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp (10g) baking powder
½ cup (110g) canola oil
¼ cup (85ml) honey
Pre-heat your oven to 350F (180C) with a rack in the middle. Grease a circular 8” (20cm) cake pan (or loaf pan) with some butter and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sugar with the orange zest and rub with your fingers so the zest releases moisture and the sugar is moist and lumpy. Whisk in the yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder. Whisk in the wet ingredients until just incorporated. Switch to a spatula and fold in the oil, until just incorporated. The batter should look smooth and glossy.
Transfer the batter to the pan and bake for 50 minutes, until golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Transfer the cake to a cooling rack.
Audrey Le Goff is a French food writer, photographer, and creator of the food blog Pardon Your French, where she shares recipes and stories from her beloved home country, France. She is the author of the cookbook “Rustic French Cooking Made Easy” (2019). She currently lives in Niagara, Canada. Follow her on Instagram @pardonyourfrench