Greece is known for its confections, cakes and cookies. Anyone with a sweet tooth will find here true heaven on earth. Some of them are extremely sweet - loaded with honey, nuts, fruits and creams. Actually if you would like to prepare simplest Greek dessert at home, just mix some Greek yoghurt with honey and nuts. So simple and so refreshing :)
Than one of the most popular treats is Baklava (phyllo pastry layers filled with nuts and drenched in honey), few of you heard probably as well about Greek Halva (a nougat of sesame with almonds or cacao). Oh and I love the idea of Spoon sweets, they are made of different fruits boiled in large chunks, delicious! The Greeks rarely eat a dessert after a meal, since these are very filling on their own, they are eaten during the day, along with some coffee, in a good company of family and friends.
So today's cake has nothing to do with any of the above mentioned traditional treats. We chose it because we loved the recipe and it contained few Greek ingredients. It brings all the beautiful flavours togather: Zesty limes, creamy Greek yoghurt and extra virgin olive oil that gives incredible moist to it. It is possible that you have all the neccessary ingredients in the fridge right now - so with weekend approaching do not hesitate to make it soon. If you do not have limes you can easily replace them with lemons.
To be honest with you I never tried yoghurt cakes before and for the change they really are very refreshing, fluffy, just sweet enough and you can store them in a plastic container for up to 3 days, I will be definitely making another one soon!
We copied this recipe and got inspired with photographs from one of my favourite Greek bloggers that I follow for a while now http://souvlakiforthesoul.com/lime-yoghurt-and-olive-oil-cake, and from Smitten Kitten http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/04/lime-yogurt-cake-with-blackberry-sauce/
Hope you enjoyed Greek week with us! And we would like to know what other international cuisines you would like to see on our blog!
for 8-10 portions:
- 1 cup (250 ml) whole full fat Greek yoghurt
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) olive oil
- 1 cup (200 g) caster sugar
- zest of one lime
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) lime juice
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups (210 g) plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- caster sugar and lime zest for decoration
Switch oven to 180°C. In a bowl, crack eggs, add salt and sugar beat until fluffy. Add lime juice, yoghurt, olive oil, lime zest, whisk well. Now combine flour and baking powder, sift to the yoghurt batter, mix for a while so there are no lumps.
Pour it into the baking form (22cm) greased with butter or olive oil and bake for approx 45-50 mins. The cake is ready when it has browned on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Leave it to cool in the form for few minutes and than place in a serving plate. Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar and lime zest.