Are you all sick of Greek food on the blog yet? Recently, I was assigned with bringing a dessert to an event and I decided to try something new: Yiaourtopita, or Greek Lemon Pound Cake with Yogurt. Very simple and delicious! If you scour the internet for recipes of this dish, you’ll find that the key ingredients include real, fresh lemons and Greek yogurt – which makes the recipe feel a little healthier. I also thought about my selections of flour (spelt), sugar (raw), milk (almond) and oil (grapeseed – you could try olive oil too!) to boost the nutritional quality of this dish even more.
Some recipes call for lemon extract, but I didn’t want to buy it, so I just made sure that a lot of lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice was included. I did use a bit of vanilla extract, but tried to be careful not to overpower the desired lemon flavor.
The result was a moist, fresh dessert. I baked it in a loaf pan for ease – and it went well with the heavier dinner we were eating!
- ⅓ cup grape seed oil
- 1 cup raw cane granulated sugar
- 6 eggs
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (not reduced fat!)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 lemon, juiced
- lemon zest (2 lemons)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 cup powered sugar
- 2 tbsp almond milk
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- Process together the oil and sugar in a food processor.
- Add and process the eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
- Add and process the baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
- Bake 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Transfer pan to a wire rack.
- Cool the cake 5-10 minutes , then remove from pan and cool on the rack for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the lemon glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar, milk and lemon juice extract.
- Pour the glaze over the cake, using a pastry brush to spread it evenly around the top and sides.
- Allow to set at least 10 minutes before serving.