Summer Berry Yogurt Loaf Cake

When I saw the recipe for Raspberry Lime Yogurt Pound Cake on Elle’s New England Kitchen, I knew I had to make it as soon as possible. I love berries and I find baked goodies with any thing berry simply irresistible. I’ve made the cake twice within a month and planing on making it again and again, each time using different berries, or combinations of them.

I adjusted Elle’s recipe slightly to use the ingredients I had in my fridge. Elle used lemon zest, I used orange. I also used a mixture of berries instead of only raspberries. The first time I used plain yogurt, the second time vanilla yogurt, and I liked the cake better with plain yogurt – was less sweeter. But then it is only a matter of taste.

Follow your palate (not your heart:) and you will come up with the version that will make IT and you the most happy:) Feel free to use any citrus zest you like, or any berry you like. One thing is for sure – this cake is really delicious! Moist, colorful, summery – what’s not to like! Thank you, Elle, for the recipe!

SUMMER BERRY YOGURT LOAF CAKE
Adapted from Elle’s New England Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 cup plain yogurt – none fat is fine (you can also use vanilla or any berry-flavored)
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries) – no need to defrost if using frozen
2 tablespoons orange zest (substitute with lemon or lime zest, if desired)

1. Heat the oven to 350?F (180?C)

2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Using a mixer, beat at medium speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add yogurt and beat together until well blended.

5. Pour in flour mixture and beat just until blended.

6. Add summer berries and orange zest and mix with a spoon.

7. Lightly coat a 8 1/2 (21 cm) x 4 1/2-inch (11 cm) loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour the batter onto the prepared pan and place the pan on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for about 70 minutes, or until the cake is golden on top, and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

8. Remove the cake from the oven. Allow to cool in the pan, then carefully turn out onto a wire rack. Cool completely before serving.

NUSH OLSUN! ENJOY!

Yellow for Bri

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YELLOW NARCISSUS IN THE MORNING DEW
Picture taken by yours truly in our backyard.

Narcissus is my favorite flower. White or yellow, it is so fragile, so beautiful and it smells beautiful too. I took this picture way back in February early in the morning when the drops of dew were still fresh and shining on the flower. I rushed to pick up my camera and took the picture you see above. Several months passed and I learned the sad news about Bri, a 30-year-old food blogger I don’t personally know, but who is now always in my mind. Today, I would like to give my favorite flower to Bri, wishing her a speedy recovery and a long and healthy life full of joyful moments.

Since this photo is not food related, I cannot submit it to the Click event. So this is my humble gift to Bri. I encourage you to participate in the event if you have a suitable photo.

UPDATE: I am submitting MY TANDOORI BREAD to the Click Event organized by JUGALBANDI. It has a yellow element on it:).

Please take a moment and read the appeal below and contribute in any way you can.

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This is an appeal on behalf of a group of food bloggers who are friends of Briana Brownlow @ Figs With Bri.

Bri was diagnosed with breast cancer two and half years ago. A mastectomy, chemotherapy and two years of relatively good health later, the cancer is back. It has metastasized to other parts of her body. At the age of 15, Bri lost her 41-year old mother to the disease. Now, she’s waging her own war against breast cancer. More about it here.

She is going through intensive chemo and other treatments and needs to focus single-mindedly on healing and finding what treatment works best for her. Her health insurance, unfortunately, does not cover holistic alternatives which she would like to try. Bri and her husband Marc have enough on their plates right now in addition to worrying about her medical bills.

The team organising the JUNE edition of CLICK at Jugalbandi has organised a fundraiser to help Bri and her family meet her out-of-pocket medical costs for ONE YEAR.

CLICK is a monthly theme-based photography contest hosted by Jugalbandi. This month’s theme is: YELLOW for Bri

Yellow is the colour of hope. Through the work of the LiveStrong Foundation, it has also come to signify the fight against cancer.

The entries can be viewed HERE. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2008. The fundraiser will extend until July 15, 2008.

The target amount is 12,000 U.S. dollars. We appeal to our fellow bloggers and readers to help us achieve this. Bri deserves a chance to explore all options, even if her insurance company thinks otherwise.

There’s a raffle with exciting prizes on offer. After viewing the list, you may make your donation HERE or at the Chip-In button on any participating site.

Your donation can be made securely through credit card or Pay Pal and goes directly to Bri’s account.

This month’s photo contest also has some prizes. Details HERE.

You can support this campaign by donating to the fundraiser, by participating in CLICK: the photo event, and by publicizing this campaign.

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