Saturday, April 21, 2012

Turkish Yogurt Cake

My understanding is that there is hundreds of versions of yogurt cake eaten all over the world.  Although not widely popular here in the U.S., it ought to be, as it is a wonderful recipe addition to the home cook and baker kitchens everywhere.

This Turkish version is certainly much lighter than the traditional flour cake, and has a light souffle texture, that is airy and fresh tasting.  More importantly, it takes just a few fresh ingredients to put this together.  

Can we say all together that this is proof that simple is best and proof that food does not have to be complicated to be delicious? 

The combination of eggs, thick Greek style yogurt and citrus makes for a magical combination of flavors.

Don't forget to pass around the syrup, if your family or guests prefer a slightly sweeter experience. 


Turkish Yogurt Cake
Serves 6
Recipe from Arabesque

Ingredients:
4 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup superfine sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose-flour
1-2/3 cups strained Greek style yogurt
grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

For the optional syrup:
2/3 cup water
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
grated zest of 1 unwaxed orange

Directions:
Beat the egg yolks with the sugar to a thick, pale cream.  Beat in the flour, then the yogurt, lemon zest, and lemon juice until it is throughly blended.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold them int the yogurt mixture.  Pour this into a round, non-stick baking tin (about 9-inches in diameter), greased with butter.  Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F. for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top is brown.  It will puff up like a souffle and then subside.

Turn onto a serving plate, and serve warm or cold.

If you are making the syrup, boil the water with sugar, lemon juice, and grated orange zest for 3 to 5 minutes.  Let it cool, then chill in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!
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36 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Very much like a cheesecake..I love the flavours and yes, simple is the best.

ogyep yummy mellow said...

more or less like a baked pudding... looks so yummy...

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Lemon is definitely my chocolate. I've made a yogurt pound cake, and love the moisture that yogurt lends. This looks like a beautiful souffle' texture. Yes, simple is best.

Gloria said...

what nice recipe:) make me hungry!

rosaria williams said...

Three tablespoons of flour? My kind of cake! I wonder if it tastes as good if instead of sugar I use Splenda.
Thanks, Velva.

Aunt B said...

I could eat this for breakfast! Thanks for sharing the recipe Velva.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I've yet to try a yogurt cake but I'm a big fan of Greek yogurt! Yours cake looks so creamy and delicious.

Dining Alone said...

Looks so simple but delicious, my husband would even eat this!

Claudia said...

Love yogurt cakes - this is especially fun and welcoming. All of my recipes are French based. More flour.

tasteofbeirut said...

I love making yogurt cakes! These cakes never fail and are delicious; never seen one with this technique, so I will try it. In Lebanon yogurt cakes are made all the time, but with semolina flour and of course a syrup to soak the cake with.

Michelle said...

I have never tried this! Looks interesting and I might have to try it!

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, Sounds delcious. I never heard of this but I love sour cream cake and cottage cheese cake. I bet I would love yogurt cake too. Blessings my dear. Catherine xo

Martha said...

Looks so good! Almost looks similar to a cheese cake. I am going to have to try this for sure! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment today even though I'm not doing food posts at the moment. It was so nice to hear from you. Hope you are enjoying the weekend :)

Judy Bigg said...

This pie looks yummy, I would love to try it. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

looks great Velva save some for me and you follow Ilkes Kitchen right adore her blog

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This looks fantastic, Velva - it almost looks like a cheesecake.

Pierce said...

Simple is best.I may need to Pin this photo to my "Delicious board"!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Oh yum!

Elisabeth said...

Absolutely beautiful, light, and delicious yogurt cake, Velva!
Thank you for your kind words on my blog:DDD

That Girl said...

I've never heard of yogurt cake - but like everyone else has mentioned, if it's like cheesecake, I'm in!

Susan Fields said...

I've never heard of yogurt cake before, either, but it looks and sounds delicious!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This cake looks delicious.Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Earth Day Tablescape. Hope you and your family have a wonderful week coming up.
XXOO Diane

Raina said...

Wow! This sounds great. I have never heard of this. Definitely simple is always a good thing:)

Ommy Noms said...

I'd never heard of yogurt cake before- that looks fantastic!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

This looks delicious and easy! Not to much sugar either!

Rambling Tart said...

This sounds so homey and delicious, Velva. :-) I like a not-too-sweet cake now and then, especially a moist and dense one.

thefattyreader said...

I love yogurt cake...never made one with Greek yogurt before, though. Thanks for the recipe!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

what a great idea - I love trying something new!
Mary x

Kitchen Belleicious said...

i mean, i have never seen or heard of such a thing but by the looks of this cake I better jump on the bandwagon because it looks out of this world amazing

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is such a novel cake. I'm imagining that is has a custardy texture? It certainly is worth trying, the ingredients are so healthy.

mr. pineapple man said...

this looks so delicious!!! would love a bite~

Erica said...

I love simple cake recipes!! That one sound delicious,Velva!

Rita said...

Just beautiful!and very original.
Rita

vianney said...

I love yogurt cake, but have never tried it with a sweet syrup drizzled over the top. perfect for mother's day!

Magic of Spice said...

I have never had a yogurt cake, but it sounds wonderful!

Brenda said...

Velva, I made a yogurt cake a couple of years ago and it was delicious. I would love to try this one as it has less ingredients (and as you say, simple is best) and love the syrup!

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