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A simple and iconic French cake gets updated with citrus and spice

Yogurt Loaf Cake with Coriander and Orange

1 hour 15 minutes active, plus cooling

Yogurt Loaf Cake with Coriander and Orange

In France, gâteau au yaourt, or “yogurt cake,” is a dead-simple anytime cake that uses an entire container of yogurt, then employs the empty container as the measuring device for the flour, sugar and oil. The crumb is fine and moist, similar to a pound cake, but not nearly as rich. Since there is no standardized sizing for yogurt in the U.S., we devised a recipe with conventional measurements, and we flavored the cake with ground coriander and grated orange zest. Toasting the coriander softens its flavor and brings out its aroma; in a small skillet over medium, toast the spice, stirring often, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes, then transfer to a small bowl or plate to cool. Macerated fresh berries are the perfect accompaniment to the cake. Toss sliced fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with a little sugar and let stand until juicy. Tightly wrapped and stored at room temperature, the cake will keep for up to three days.

1

8½-inch loaf cake

Tip

Don’t forget to flour the loaf pan after misting it with cooking spray to ensure the cake doesn’t stick. Make sure to invert the baked cake out of the pan after about 10 minutes of cooling. This also will help prevent sticking as well as prevent the sides from becoming too moist. And the cake will cool faster, too.

1 hour

15 minutes active, plus cooling

Ingredients

  • 228

    grams (1¾ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan

  • 2

    teaspoons baking powder

Directions

  1. 01
    Heat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the middle position. Mist a 8½-by-4½-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, dust evenly with flour, then tap out the excess.

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