Friday, March 8, 2013

Low Fat Yogurt Cake

I have been seeing all of these fantastic pound cakes lately. I really enjoy a slice of pound cake, some strawberries and some tea. It makes a delightful breakfast. The thing I don't like is the "pound" part. A whole pound of butter is WAY too much fat and calories for me. When I was looking at the recipes my arteries clogged up! I like to reserve that true pound cake experience for a few times a year. For that I always turn to my Pop's Pound Cake. It's a family recipe and it really wows. But, what am I supposed to do when I don't want that much butter in my pound cake? I wanted that texture and flavor. I came across this recipe for Low-Fat Lemon Yogurt Cake by The Craving Chronicles and had to try it. Of course I made a few modifications to the recipe first. Here is my Adaptation of their adaptation of an Ina Garten recipe. Now that sounded convoluted didn't it!

Low-Fat Orange Pound Cake
Recipe Adapted from Craving Chronicles
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup Dannon plain non-fat yogurt
1 cup sugar
1 whole large egg, 3 large egg whites
1 orange zested
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup canola oil

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
2. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl, and give it a quick stir.
4. Place the following in the mixer bowl of your Kitchen Aid, yogurt, sugar, eggs, zest, juice, and vanilla.
5. Using the batter attachment, turn the mixer to the first speed. Slowly add the dry ingredients. Drizzle in the oil, and continue to mix until it’s all incorporated.
6. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
7. When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and cool the rest of the way on a rack. 

Happy Cooking!

PSA: This is not a low calorie bread. It's about 300 calories a slice. That's less than a traditional pound cake, but especially in this instance, low-fat does not equal low calorie. It's delicious, so don't say I didn't warn you.

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