Recipe: Yogurt Olive Oil Lemon Cake with Rhubarb Compote

I wanted to make the olive oil ricotta cake from the smitten kitchen cookbook, but the supermarket had no ricotta. However, I remembered reading in Deb’s introduction to the cake that it was a variation on a yogurt cake. So I thought, why not just use yogurt? I kept all the other ingredients the same and made a simple rhubarb compote to dollop on top of the cake just before eating. This isn’t too unhealthy as far as cakes go: yogurt and olive oil’s health benefits balance out the sugar and white flour, in my opinion.

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It’s a really nice cake. Light, subtle, lemony flavor. Stays moist from the yogurt. Good plain or doused with rhubarb compote. Just really really nice.

Yogurt Olive Oil Cake with Rhubarb Compote

Ingredients

  • Cake:
    • 1 cup low fat Greek-style yogurt
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 eggs
    • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1.5 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Compote:
    • 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 lbs fresh rhubarb, roughly chopped
    • 3 cardamom pods
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 2-3 spheres of whole allspice
    • dash of ground ginger

Procedure

  • Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Oil or butter a cake or loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, sugar, and lemon zest. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Add to the wet mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden and a knife inserted comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, make the compote: combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, over low-medium heat until thickened.
  • When the cake is finished, let it cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan and/or serving.

Enjoy!

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