Sunday, April 20, 2008

Lemon Yogurt Semolina Cake

With the temperatures in the upper 70's and the sun shining bright, it was time to get our grills out and have some friends over for a barbeque. I pulled out a cookbook with some recipes of Greek food to get a few ideas on kebabs for the barbeque party. While I was flipping through the book I stumbled upon this dessert cake. It called for a different ingredient "semolina" in place of our regular "all purpose flour". The picture in the book was so tempting that I had to try it out. It also reminded me of a similar wonderful semolina cake that my Mom bakes at home. I was lost in the past, thinking of the sweet smell of this cake which surrounded the entire house as it baked on a stove top....yeah, stove top. That's how Mom made this cake back then.

What excited me even more was that I had everything that the recipe required in my kitchen! That doesn't happen too often! I considered this as my lucky charm and put my apron on. 40 minutes later, this is what came out of my oven....


For the Cake-

2 tbs unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tbs lemon rind
1 egg
1/4 cup fine semolina
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup black raisins
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tbs plain yogurt

For the Syrup-

4 tbs sugar
2 tbs lemon juice, fresh
2tbs honey


1. Cream the sugar, butter and lemon rind with an electric beater until light and fluffy.
2. Crack the egg and beat into this mixture until well incorporated.
3. Lightly fold in the semolina, ground almonds, baking power, raisins and yogurt.
4. Line a 5 inch springform with parchment paper. Pour the mixture in it and bake at 350 deg F oven for 25-30 minutes. The cake is done when a tooth pick inserted at the center comes out clean. The top should turn golden brown.
5. Mix the ingredients for the syrup in a sauce pan. Heat it until the sugar melts but do not boil the mixture.
6. Drizzle the syrup on the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
7. Cool the cake completely and cut into triangular pieces. Serves 2-3.


What??? Just dig in..


farida said...

Poonam, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. It traced me back to yours. I like it a lot and what you cook is delicious! I am going to subscribe to you now and would like to add you to my blogroll, if you don't mind.

I love lemon yogurt cake! My mother-in-law bakes something very similar to this, and I love it! I'll try your recipe, too! Cheers from my kitchen:)

Peter M said...

Poonam, us Greeks also make use of semolina for cakes and this immediately drew me.

It's moist, firm and kinda nutty from the semolina...luv it!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Looks very tempting Poonam..
Really will try this out soon... Adding you to my blogroll as well !!

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Cynthia said...

Why are you tempting me like this? I made a cake last week, I can't make a cake again this week! :)

Ann said...

Oh my, this looks very delicious.

Jackie said...

Wish I could just dig in, looks so good!

katiez said...

Lemon Semolina! Oh... I can taste that and it's wonderful....
40 minutes, you say... Patience has never been my long suit...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love that kind of cake! Yours looks and sounds scrumptious!



Aparna said...

This brings back memories of a cake a friend used to make just this way, but she would use orange.
Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Sunshinemom said...

I browsed through your entire collection...well almost, and just fell in love with your desserts! This one is so yummy, but then, so was the creme brulee (I made a veg. version with custard, cream topped on fruits and then caramelizing the top), the mango panna cotta...all yum!

Chennette said...

oooh, semolina and almonds - must be a wonderful texture!!
(thanks for visiting my blog)

Pearlsofeast said...

delicious and looks fantastic.I have bookmarked it.

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