Saturday, August 7, 2010

Gâteau au yaourt aux pommes (French Apple Yoghurt Cake)

Gâteau au yaourt (translates to Yoghurt Cake in English) is a style common to those in France. The yoghurt produces a moist and light cake; which provides the baker with a batter perfect for other additions such as zests, berries, nuts or fruit. In France, it is common to have a plain yoghurt cake with a lemon glaze. This version, however, incorporates little bits of apple which complements the lightness of the cake. You will notice that I used different types of flour for my cake and that's just because I ran out of each. So, I'd recommend using plain flour, or if not use your preferred choice, such as wholemeal, and I assure you it won't impact your cake.
Anyway....
I was extremely excited to make my first French Yoghurt Cake because it entails a special way to prepare the cake. It's a tradition for the French, really. They get the yoghurt pot, empty its contents, and reserve it to measure the rest of the ingredients! C'est très mignon, non?

Ingredients
1 pot of plain natural yoghurt (I used 170g capacity)
1 pot of plain flour
1 pot of plain self-raising flour
1 pot of wholemeal self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 pots of light brown sugar
1/2 pot of vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 green apples, diced thinly
2 1/2 tsp vanilla essence (or 1.5 vanilla extract)

Method
Peel, quarter and dice the apples into small and thin cubes. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees fan-forced and prepare a loaf tin for cakes. Empty the contents of a yoghurt pot into a bowl; reserve the pot to measure the following ingredients. With a whisk, mix together the yoghurt with the sugar and eggs until smooth. Sift over the flour (or flours) and the baking powder. Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth. Pour the vanilla in and mix lightly; then put the apples in too and fold them gently through. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for around 1 hour. Test with a skewer, then cool completely on a wire rack.

12 comments:

  1. You're absolutely right, the yoghurt in this kind of cakes gone a happy result. Exactly what you say: moist and light... I love yoghurt cakes. It's always delicous. And, I love your idea to incorporates little bits of apple in your the cake. " Tellement gourmand " !!! :)

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  2. I can't wait for the first local pears. They will be lovely in this recipe. I am also a big fan of yogurt cakes, so moist.

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  3. Sounds lovely and moist and I would imagine could be served with cream as a desert cake.
    I'm going to have to start a folder with all your yummy recipe's.
    ~Dianne~

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  4. Love it! And using the yogurt pot saves on washing up too ;0)
    Great looking cake Hun. Very tasty.

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  5. This looks scrumptious. Okay my visit here to your blog are proving dangerous for my, uh hummm - diet! My French honey does like his breakfast gateau - pears and apples at the top of the list. Will definitely try this! Hope your summer is gong well for you!
    Good evening,
    Mimi

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  6. That cake looks so moist and yummy looking!

    Maria
    x

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  7. This is a lovely cake and looks nice and quick to make. Just a quick question - when you write the measurements in pots do you mean 170g as in the yoghurt?

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  8. @ Heather: Hi Heather! Yes, I used a 170g pot of yoghurt and then reserved that pot to measure the rest of the pots for the flour, sugar etc. But, if you only have a 100g or 200g pot avaliable then use that (keep the amount of pots the same) but your cake may be slightly small or bigger. Just keep the ratios the same :)

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  9. c'est l'un de mes préférés le cake au yaourt avec sa texture légère et parfumé
    l'ajout des pommes lui donne un côté fondant et irrésistiblement bon
    bonne soirée

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  10. I've eaten apple cake but not apple with yoghurt but I am just sure that its yummy! Have a great week ahead.

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  11. This sounds delicious, so light. Apples are the perfect fruit to use.

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  12. Heavenly. I adore apple cake and this looks so moist and indulgent. If cakes could talk this one would be saying "eat meeeeeeeee"

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