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HOME Cooked Winter Recipes: Happy Birthday/Valentine's Day/Presidents' Day/Every Day Cake (a.k.a. Desiree's Berry Lemon Yogurt Cake)


THIS WEEK’S RECIPE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY/VALENTINE’S DAY/PRESIDENTS' DAY/EVERY DAY CAKE (AKA DESIREE’S BERRY LEMON YOGURT CAKE)
When new HOMEGROWN member Desiree mentioned she had recently made a delicious berry lemon yogurt cake for her dad’s birthday, all we heard was “delicious cake delicious cake delicious cake.” So we asked for the recipe. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Presidents' Day, Desiree’s dad’s birthday, and pretty much any day, here’s the scoop on Dez’s delectable dessert.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED
FOR THE CAKE
» 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus 1 Tbsp (set aside)
» 1/2 tsp salt
» 2 tsp baking powder
» 1 cup yogurt
» 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
» 1/2 cup raw sugar
» 1/4 cup honey
» 1/8 cup molasses
» 3 eggs
» ½ cup blueberries (or currants, raisins, or something else berrylicious)

FOR THE ICING
» ¼ cup lime, lemon, or orange juice
» 1 Tbsp sugar

WHAT TO DO
Sift together the first three ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar, honey, molasses, and eggs. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet. In yet another bowl, mix the berries with the Tbsp of flour you set aside then add that concoction to the batter.

Let the mixture sit on the counter for a few hours. When you’re ready, preheat the oven to 350 F and bake for 50 minutes. While the cake is baking, mix together the citrus juice and sugar. When you remove the cake from the oven, let it cool then brush the icing all over. (The photo up top shows the cake cooling, pre-icing.)

Of the recipe, Dez says: “The lactic acid in the yogurt will help break down the phytic acid in the flour, helping your body digest it better—and it tastes great!” We don't need much convincing.

STILL HUNGRY?
With many farm shares winding down for the season, we’ve put the CSA Cookoff to bed for the year. Look for it again in late spring, sprouting along with the arugula and asparagus. In the meantime, meet HOME Cooked, a winter-friendly recipe file that revels in the earthier corners of the fridge and the pantry. Think root veggies and baked goods. We’ll post a recipe each week, featuring dishes from you. Don’t be shy. Share the goods. Especially the baked goods.

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