(Photo via French Essence)

France is synonymous with delectable baking. It is after all the country that introduced us to boulangeries, patisseries and of course the baguettte. According to the book Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman, it is a tradition for French families to bake together every weekend. Not only does baking bring the family together, it also apparently teaches children the art of patience.

One of their specialities is this recipe for un gâteau au yaourt (a.k.a. Yogurt Cake). Monkey and I made it this weekend -- okay, I did the baking and he did the squealing. It is delicious and fun to make.  

2 (175g) containers of plain whole-milk yogurt
* save the empty containers to measure the rest of the ingredients
2 eggs
1 container of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Just under 1 container olive oil (or vegetable oil)French Essence
4 containers of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Crème fraîche

Preheat oven to 375◦F.
Use olive oil (or vegetable oil) to grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
Gently combine yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder.
Add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture; mix gently until combined (don't overmix).
Add 2 containers of frozen berries (or 1 container of chocolate chips if you're really feeling sweet).
Bake for 35 minutes. It should be crispy on the outside, but springy on the inside.
Serve with a spoonful of crème fraîche.

(ps. My original post for Bringing Up Bébé is here.)

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