About this recipe:A moist yoghurt cake studded with dried cherries. Using yoghurt means you can cut down on oil. On holiday, we bought dried cherries and I put them in a cake scented with almond, and here's the recipe! A sweet treat that makes a nice alternative to other fruit cakes.
100g dried cherries
200g plain flour
120g caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
50ml vegetable oil
125g natural yoghurt
1 teaspoon almond extract
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:45min › Ready in:55min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Dredge the cherries in a bit of the flour to keep them from sinking in the cake during baking.
In a bowl combine sugar and eggs, then stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the oil, yoghurt, floured cherries and almond extract and mix till smooth.
Spoon mixture into a greased 900g loaf tin and bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes (or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.)
This recipe contains too much oil, I'd day about a quarter of a litre too much oil - the cake roasts rather than bakes! I love almonds, but even for me the amount of almond extract makes the flavour overpowering. I'd say try the recipe, but not as it is - revise the oil and almond extract quantities down. - 14 Jul 2013