Ina Garten's Lemon Yougurt Cake
When T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month it became obvious he hadn’t endured a Canadian March. Has this been a doozy of a month or what? With no spring to speak of outside the walls of my home...
When T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month it became obvious he hadn’t endured a Canadian March. Has this been a doozy of a month or what? With no spring to speak of outside the walls of my home I decided to bring a little spring into my kitchen by baking Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Loaf
I love this recipe and I turn to it whenever I want something sweet but not cloying, something fresh but not too light. The full fat yogurt makes this cake so moist – the sweet syrup poured on top doesn’t hurt either. I was excited to use my Emile Henry loaf pan for this particular recipe for that very reason. The pan’s long, narrow design helps the loaf bake evenly throughout. What a great idea Emile Henry! Who hasn’t baked a loaf of one sort or another only to cut into it to find an ooey-goey middle (banana bread is the worst for this). Depite how damp this loaf is it baked perfectly and it came right out of the pan. I feel relieved every time that happens!
Loaves are great for beginner bakers because they are so easy and just a rewarding as a more complicated cake. I can’t guarantee your success, and I suggest that you follow the recipe closely, but I absent mindedly added a few of the ingredients out of order and the loaf turned out perfectly. There is something simple about a loaf. I feel like I need an occasion to bake a cake, but I’d whip up a loaf any day of the week. Since this particular loaf has both fruit (zest and juice count, okay) and yogurt, it is basically health food…right?
Another great feature of this Emile Henry loaf pan is how easily it translates from your oven to your table. The subdued, natural colours would look good with any number of table settings. I have a penchant for blue tableware and this line works perfectly with the blue and whites that I love this time of year (again, anything to add bright, spring like colours and patterns into my home on dark, dreary days.
All I can say is that I hope Mr. Eliot was wrong, if April is worse than this March I might up and move to Australia.
Emily Pond lives in Halifax with her husband and their young daughter. Winter really isn’t her season. To read more about Emily and her misadventures check out her blog Lovely Infelicity.