French Frdays with Dorie

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

French yogurt cake

Many thanks to Liliana of My Cookbook Obsession for selecting this week's recipe. I swear this cake comes together easier than a muffin does! It doesn't even require the KitchenAid - how weird!

Well, it comes together easily if you can find the darned marmalade! Click on the link to visit her website and see both her delightful mini-loaves and the recipe. Of course, you could just buy THE BOOK - Baking From my Home to Yours.

Dorrie suggests lemon marmalade. I could not find that in any of the stores I tried and did not want to battle the traffic to get to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. But, today I tried Ellwood Thompson, a local organic grocer, and found that they carry Pink Grapefruit Marmalade. I had resigned myself to making the cake with an orange marmalade glaze, but I so wanted to be exotic!

Yes, my life is truly so sad and boring that I feel finding grapefruit marmalade and using it in a recipe is an exotic thrill. I weep for myself, no need for anyone else to tear up.

Of course I paid no attention to my poor little camera yesterday when I was taking photos of the giant pileated woodpeckers that were trying to fell my tree so I did not realize I had drained its battery. I will update this post with a photo of the cake tomorrow and report on the taste then.
I read on a few of the other blogs that the cake tastes better the next day, anyway. See you next week.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos of the birds and the tree - just so you can see what two active beaks can do in about, oh, say 20 minutes:

Cake Update: Yum! Normally I am not much for jam in or on desserts. I was thinking just this morning of how I once heard Rosie O'Donnell say that she doesn't consider anything with fruit in it a dessert. Of course that is insane - fruit pies and cobblers are among my favorite desserts - but I am semi- in that ballpark with jams. Or I was until I tasted this cake. I am beginning to come to the jam side or at least the Pink Grapefruit Marmalade side! The cake itself had a very delicate taste of citrus, but my God, the smell was divine. It wasn't overpowering by any means but it was so tantilizing. The cake was moist and the marmalade was exquistely tart. I don't think much of orange marmalade, but I am totally keeping this stuff around from now!


Jayne said...

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade sounds pretty wonderfully exotic to me! I'd have been thrilled to come across some!

And wow - those birds caused some damage!!

Tracey said...

Grapefruit marmalade sounds exotic to me too! Your cake looks lovely!

Leslie said...

I don't think I've ever seem pink grapefruit marmalade in any store, so I also think it's exotic. Your cake looks wonderful with the grapefruit slices!

Heidi said...

I'm kind of with Rosie on this one, frankly. Fruit and dessert are non-intersecting circles on my personal Venn food diagram. The only wiggle room is lemon.

Flourchild said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. I have never heard of grapefruit marmalade. I'm sure it tasted great. I used lemon curd and loved it.

TeaLady said...

My granny used to brown poundcake with grapefruit on top. Just a thought. Like the look of that. Looks yummy1