Friday, November 02, 2012

Show Us Your Life -- Desserts

I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner for showing our favourite dessert recipes. I am not big into huge fancy desserts so when I have to bring dessert somewhere I usually bring cookies. Yum cookies!!!

However, ever since reading "Bringing Up Bebe", I have started baking a "container cake" as I call it, a "gateau au yaourt" as the French call it, to serve. I bake it in a loaf pan, because I thought that was an option but it seems to be my own unique variation, and best of all I make it with Sam, who then feels like he's contributed to our dinner. Win-win!
I wanted to make this last week with Sam for a potluck and for dessert when were hosting Dave's family and, alack, alas, I had returned the book to the library without copying down the recipe so I Googled it and found the recipe on the website Liesl Morris: A Kitchen Diary. My favourite part, besides baking with Sam, is allowing him to decide what we will put in it. (I think putting the things in the cake might also be my own variation but we don't serve it with anything extra then. And it makes it really yummy!!!) So far we have had one with blueberries and chocolate chips (my favourite), one with just chocolate chips and one with blueberries and raspberries.
Gâteau au Yaourt (from Bringing Up Bébé)
2 6-oz. containers plain whole-milk yogurt
(After you use the yogurt, the empty yogurt containers are used to measure out the rest of the ingredients. Sorry that wasn't clear at first. I think 6oz works out to 3/4 cup if you don't want to use the containers.)
2 eggs
2 containers sugar (you can use less if you don't want it super-sweet and I tend to use 1-1 1/2 containers)
1 tsp. vanilla
Just under 1 container vegetable oil
4 containers flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
Berries, powdered sugar, crème fraîche or plain yogurt for serving

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease a 9-inch cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper.
Gently whisk together the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. Overmixing will make your cake chewy! Pour into the greased cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. (If you're baking it in a loaf pan, like I do, you'll need to let it bake around 50 minutes (maybe more) for it to get done.) Allow to cool on the counter before removing from the pan.
Serve with fruit, powdered sugar or a dollop of something creamy. (Since we put our "toppings" right into the cake, we don't serve it with anything extra.)


  1. Yum! I also love the idea of cooking with the little ones!

  2. Please tell me what a container is?? How much in cups? This sounds so good.. I'll check back for the answer..

    1. You use the empty yogurt containers to measure the rest of the ingredients. Thanks for pointing out that it was confusing so I could clarify that in the post. I think 6oz works out to 3/4 cup but you might want to double-check that!


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