I bake Dorie Greenspan’s French Yogurt Cake (p 224 in Baking From My Home to Yours) over and over again., each time varying things just a bit. Why? Well, the basic recipe calls for ingredients I almost always have on hand (plain yogurt, ground almonds, lemon, eggs, vanilla, etc.), and it can be mixed in a single bowl with just a wooden spoon. Thus, when the mood for cake strikes, I can have it in the oven in just a few minutes.
This time, I (mostly) followed her “Riviera Yogurt Cake” variation (p 225), which calls for Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, and chopped mint, as well as the usual lemon zest and vanilla. The resulting cake, nutty with a hint of mint, reminds me of the breakfast cakes found all over southern Italy. It is very good plain and even better when split, toasted, and spread with lemon marmellata or jam.
The recipe makes a single, 8 or 9 inch layer…and I baked it in the toaster oven. My not-so-new-now toaster oven is large enough to hold a round cake pan, and it also has a convection feature. So the cake baked in 7 fewer minutes than expected; a nice bonus in my rapidly-getting-too-hot-to-bake kitchen.