My dear, poor, non-French people,
Forget about all the “life is like a box of chocolate” thing.
This is absolutely nonsense for a French girl.
You always know what you’re gonna get with a box of chocolate!
And maybe a little extra pounds… but pleasure mostly!
So let me tell you how life works…
La vie, c’est aussi simple qu’un pot de yaourt.
Life is very easy. It’s like a tub of yogurt.
Ok, I’m not sure you’ll find this French saying anywhere outside of this blog, and it might be that I totally invented it just because I think it’s funny, but, quoi, it sums up very well what the recipe I’m going to write is about: easyness.
Facile facile facile!
Le gâteau au yaourt is the first thing any French kid learn to bake. Because it’s easy, funny, unexpensive and… good!
I remember making some with my maman, or at school, when we would bake cakes to sell at the market and buy the school’s first computer (T07! Sounded like the most modern thing you could ever think about: better than R2D2! You could play Pacman on it!).
The great thing about gâteau au yaourt is that you can make it without any scale or measurement.
The tub of yogurt makes it all.
You take one tub of natural, plain yogurt, and then use it as a measurement for all the other ingredients.
Now, as a poor French and perfect girl living in the US, I had trouble adapting the recipe, first because it’s not that easy here to find good yogurt, then because as everything here, everything is toooo big, and the pots of yogurts are simply totally huge!
Ok, I must admit it’s getting really easier now to find good natural yogurt in California, compared to the first time I came to visit, 15 years ago, but still!
Anyhow, you can replace the pot of yogurt measurement by using a small glass, or decide that one yogurt is half a cup…
Every French and perfect woman has her own recipe or twist on the gateau au yaourt… Mine is apples. I would say it’s a tatin yogurt cake in a way…
Le Gâteau aux yaourt et aux pommes
1 tub of yogurt (plain, unsweetened)
2 tubs of sugar
3 tubs of flour
3/4 tub of melted butter
2 teaspoons of baking powder
3 or 4 apples
- Preheat the oven at 350F
- Cut the apples into very thin slices. If they are organic, I like to keep the skin, I think it adds flavour and crunch…
- Heat a pan on high, and brown the slices with 1 or 2 tbsp butter, adding 2 teaspoons of sugar at the end. They will caramelize juste à point (just as they should).
- In a jar, empty the tub of plain yogurt.
- Use the tub to measure the sugar, and mix it with the yogurt (and maybe a pinch of salt)
- Add the flour and the baking bowder.
- Then the eggs and the butter.
- Mix it well well well.
- Butter a 9 inches round baking dish
- Spread the apples, then add the dough
- Put in the oven for 45 minutes. (be careful, my oven is always quicker, so for me it’s more 40)
I baked one on a lazy sunday afternoon, when we invited friends for a ping-pong party.
Nobody remembers who won the contest, but everybody still talks about the cake!
A bientôt les amis!