Orange Almond And Yogurt Loaf: Perfect Alternative for the Traditional Holiday Fruit Cake [Recipe]

Dec 23, 2015 11:20 AM EST | By Pao Uychiat

It's Christmas time once again. People are in the mood to party and share great memories with family and friends. In every party or occasion, food always plays a vital part. So everyone would always make sure to spice things up a bit to have a more unique kind of taste and presentation.

Traditionally, one of the most popular dishes for the holidays would be fruitcake. Fruitcake has been in and around every home for years, but if you would like something different, there is another dish that is easy and still special for the holidays.

An article in Indian Express, featured a recipe that is good to be served during get together and parties. This is the Orange Almond and Yogurt Loaf. This loaf is a good partner for tea. This is a good alternative for fruitcake because there are some people who don't enjoy the raisins in the fruitcake.

Rum cake would be the second choice but some don't enjoy the taste too much because of the distinct run taste the cake offers. The orange almond and yogurt loaf has a citrusy flavor because of the orange, nutty taste of the almond, dense texture and the slightly golden hue makes it a perfect thing to serve when people come over for tea. Here is the exact recipe that can serve 8 to 10 people.

190 g unsalted butter, softened
190 g plain flour
1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
190 g caster sugar (check note for substitute)
3 large eggs
60 g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
25 g plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla essence
10 g flaked almonds

First, preheat the oven to 175 C, 10 mins before baking. Grease a 9 inch loaf tin, with butter and dust with flour. Next, mix the cream with butter, orange zest and sugar in a bowl and whisk until it becomes soft and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk continuously every time an egg is added. Then in a separate bowl, mix the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt. Add the dry mixture with the creamy mixture in two batches and whisk until it's combined perfectly. Then mix in the yogurt and vanilla essence.

Next, pour the batter in the loaf tin previously prepared loaf tin and sprinkle the flaked almonds on top. Put it in the oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Make sure that the sponge is firm on top. After that, remove the loaf to allow it to cool.

You can store the cake at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. This kind of cake tends to dry out easily, make sure to wrap it in a cling wrap before storing it.

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