Sometimes we end up with a million things to do. Tedious chores, unfinished work, raw projects and ideas, the list is endless with responsibilities and we all have our own shares of duties to care for every day. No wonder we end up overwhelmed at times, right? But then we want to indulge in the same time in some lovely treats, we want to actually live, not just slave ourselves till we collapse. After all we are just humans and we need to at least enjoy our lives! I got a solution for that in a form of a Yogurt cake, also known as Gateau au yaourt in french, but I ll come to that further down.
Often I wished, the days were just longer, so I could do much more in a day. You know, a 36 hour day instead of just 24 hours. Hey, don’t look at me so crooked! We would get more hours sleep as well! =D Or what would you think of a 10 days week or if all the days in a month were having the exactly same length, 30 days? It would uncomplicate the fact that our children learn some weird calendar and at the same time we would have a longer week and a longer weekend! This is not some squabble, in fact the 10 days week existed back then in the French Revolution and the 30 days a month, instead of some unequal amount of days in a month, is still used till today by the remaining Maya clans in Guatemala. I know, I know, some of us will throw that away as heresy talks…
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We try to uncomplicate our lives, we get smart phones, we have changed our equality laws and our cultures are more open then ever towards trends, but we still live by a old calendar law. It’s weird in a way… but looks like there is no way to change all that easily, because we simply got used to it. Further, If we would add 3 more days to the week, what would they be called? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Apple, Coco Cola and Paris Hilton? In India maybe Kingfisher, Hazare and Bollywood. The naming of the new days would be internationally auctioned, which would result in some companies and individuals spending billions for a day named after them. Doesn’t sound that good after all…
Yeah, my musing might appear of no relevance, nonetheless it has a connection with today’s recipe post, the yogurt cake. This particular cake is the simplest cake ever to recreate. You throw all the ingredients into a bowl, mix it and pour it into the mold, bake and voila, a typical french Gateau au yaourt. No confusion, no weight scale, no special ingredients and most importantly, you don’t have to be a baker or cook to recreate it easily at home. You just need a few ingredients, a mold and an oven.
Because we struggle to keep up with all duties in a day, we require something that makes us happy, but which wont see us standing for ages in the kitchen. Home made food is the quality king and nothing ever beats that. So, to stay in the loop with great food, we need some dead easy but scrumptious recipes or we might just end up haggard or the opposite, fat and stuffed with unhealthy chemical food preservatives.
Usually, a cup (or pot) of yogurt in France is about 200 ml. The same cup would be reused in the recipe to measure quickly the other ingredients such as sugar and flour. That simplifies the whole recipe, so that you save on some time and calculation troubles. If you don’t have a yogurt pot a 200 ml at hand, then just get another cup of that size or simply measure it. 1 pot = 200 ml , 1 1/2 pot = 300 ml and 2 pots = 400 ml.
- 10 g Baking Powder
- 1 pot Yogurt (a 200 ml)
- 1½ pot Sugar
- 2 pots White Flour
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tbs Oil
- In a bowl add the Baking powder, the White Flour and the sugar and mix the dry ingredients well.
- Make a well in the Center and add in the Eggs, Oil and the Yogurt. Mix it smooth, so that no pieces are left.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C. and butter your mold well.
- Pour the mixture into the mold and bake it for around 35 min in the oven at 180 C.. The cake is finished, if you poke a knife in the center and no dough sticks on it. Always do the test!
On Wednesday the 12 th, I ll share a couple of Monsoon Goa Impressions. From now on, I might just surprise you every now and then on a Wednesday with a mini post. The regular posting days will remain on Mondays and Fridays.