Yoghurt cake

Yoghurt cake

Yoğurt tatlısı

By
From
Turkish Fire
Serves
10
Photographer
Alicia Taylor

This is a most traditional Turkish cake. We love it served with kaymak — the Turkish version of clotted cream, which is made by simmering milk for a very long time and skimming off the rich, thick, creamy layer that forms on top of the milk. This is done over and over, with each skimmed layer placed on wooden trays on top of each other. It is truly a labour of love, but the end result tastes completely amazing.

If you can’t get hold of kaymak, we will graciously accept clotted cream or yoghurt to accompany the cake.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
50g butter
230g caster sugar
1 lemon, zested
5 free-range eggs, separated
250g plain yoghurt
335g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch sea salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
whipped cream or kaymak, to serve

Syrup

Quantity Ingredient
230g caster sugar
250ml cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Butter and flour a 27 cm springform cake tin.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest until fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, mixing after each addition until thoroughly blended. Mix the yoghurt through.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients into a separate bowl, then fold the dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture.
  4. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the batter. Pour the batter into your cake tin and bake for 50–55 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Meanwhile, make the syrup. Put the sugar and water in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil, add the lemon juice, and keep boiling over a medium heat for 10 minutes. Allow the syrup to cool.
  6. Cool the cake in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a serving plate. Spoon the cooled syrup over the cake, letting it seep slowly into the cake.
  7. Serve warm, cut into thick slices, with whipped cream or kaymak.
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