French Yogurt Cake

Submitted 2 years ago
Created by
Dena Testa Bray

A Perfect Blend of Sweet & Moist

Gathering Flavors will mark its fifth anniversary of publication this week. Thank you for your ongoing interest in my writing and your support as this blog grows and changes.

Gathering Flavors actually started with an accident. Many years back, I had a cooking school out of my home. I taught small, hands-on classes on everything from simple sauces to French pastries to Indian fare.  In the early days of the school, I had a kitchen accident—I was hurrying to get some work done with a sharp knife and  severed a tendon on my left hand. This kept me out of the kitchen for a while but I wanted to stay in touch with my students and continue to build the community I had begun. So, I started a regular email newsletter to my students. The newsletter contained recipes, cooking tips, stories about  family and more. I found a written voice that others appreciated.

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To me, cooking has always been about connection, and I learned it was the same for my readers. Very few of us likes to cook just for ourselves but when there are others involved the act of cooking becomes both an act of nurturance and creativity. My cooking school lasted another five years but no longer remained feasible to do out of my home, so I shifted my focus to writing and the newsletters developed into this blog.

Gathering Flavors is an immensely satisfying project. I try to keep it fresh and applicable to what’s going on both in my life and yours. Over the years I’ve shifted away from complex recipes to simpler fare based on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Many of us don’t have the time for fancy recipes, but I’ve also learned that some of the most flavorful dishes are those that bring out the best in already wonderful ingredients—fresh radishes only need a bit of olive oil and herbs sprinkled on top, summer berries are enjoyable on their own with a bit of yogurt and honey, delicate baby artichokes need only to be steamed lightly and dressed with lemon, while colorful carrots are sweetened while braised with a bit of rice.

This French Yogurt Cake is a birthday cake of sorts for my blog. A deceptively simple loaf cake, it’s incredibly moist and versatile. Based on a recipe by Dorie Greenspan, I added an apple cider glaze to dress it up and make it appropriate for a fall dessert. It’s also fitting for this celebration, as my first recipe on Gathering Flavors was for my grandmother’s yogurt. It was my grandmother  Rachel Zacharia who taught me about the power of food and it is the elegance that she brought to her cooking that I continue to try to emulate.

I look forward to many more years of Gathering Flavors.

I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen soon.


Click her to view the recipe for French Yogurt Cake along with more photos and all my recipes.




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