We’ve been celebrating Seth’s birthday all weekend, so by the time the big day came today, we really just spent the day hanging out and eating lots and lots of cake.
Last night I tried my hand at a French yogurt cake (recipe below). Baking is never an easy task with the toaster we pretend to call an oven, but after cutting off the burnt top (a casualty when trying to make a normal-sized anything in the tiny oven), all was well. I made it a marble cake by splitting the dough in half and adding a melted chocolate bar to one half.
After having lunch and a first piece of birthday cake, I presented Seth with his gift, a book of walks throughout Paris, written in English. It’s called Walks Through Lost Paris and is just the kind of book Seth loves: old pictures, little-known historical stories, architecture… We took it with us on a walk to Saint-Germain-
des-PrĂ©s and the Luxembourg Gardens since the weather was beautiful and we were in the walking mood. Seth read it at the park while I took pictures and soaked in some of the last of the summer sun. You can tell in the picture to the right that the sun was blazing: we couldn’t stop squinting!
I spent the late afternoon at a flea market and Seth’s birthday meant he didn’t have to accompany me, hehe. Tonight we had our friend Corry over for bread, cheese, wine, and more cake!
In all, a wonderful day!
What you need:
**Note: Use the yogurt container to measure the other ingredients. This is the coolest part about the recipe!
1 single-serving pot of plain yogurt (the kind that comes in a glass jar is ideal)
2 pots sugar
1 pot vegetable oil
3 pots flour
1 packet of levure chimique or about 1 T baking soda
What to do:
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. For the marble version, divide the dough in two and melt 1 bar 70% cocoa chocolate bar in the microwave (about 1 minute), mix in the chocolate to 1/2 of the dough. Pour the plain dough into a greased cake pan. Drizzle the chocolate half on top and use a knife to make the marble design. Bake for 30 minutes. Glaze as you wish, but it’s really not necessary.
***EDIT 12/15/09 with U.S. conversions***
3/4 cups plain yogurt (use whole milk yogurt)
1.5 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
Bake at 350 degrees F.