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Yoghurt & Aussie Grape Loaf

“Another grape recipe that is as pretty as a picture, and uses a simple method to make your humble grape a fantastic way to top a cake.”

Recipes | March 13, 2015
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Yoghurt & Aussie Grape Loaf

Have any of you tried roasting grapes yet, like on my last post with the savoury cheese tartlets with roasted grapes?
 
I’ve got a little something different for you this time. I’ve put them in a yoghurt cake loaf, and crystallised some to make them extra purrrty. I got a little carried away and found some itty bitty figs and some little white flowers to make this loaf a little bit too pretty for it’s own good. 
 
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Grapes are great to bake with, whether you scatter them over the top a cake before you whack it in the oven. or make a lovely, luscious grape tart with them, they manage to retain their colour. I’m sticking with the red ones again, even though I’m a big fan of snacking on the green ones. My aunty recently served me “finger grapes” which were long and crunchy. I must try and get my fingers on some more as they were simply delicious!
 
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This recipe calls for my favourite yoghurt cake recipe. It never fails to win a crowd over, and the texture the yoghurt gives is just perfection. I was stumped as to what frosting I would use, and I didn’t have enough cream cheese in the fridge, and I didn’t want to have to get in the car to go and get some! It turns out yoghurt frosting is a thing, and paired perfectly with the yoghurt and grape cake.
 
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You don’t need to add the figs, as their season isn’t that long, but you could always add something else seasonal, or just make the grapes the hero. They are after all the hero of this dish. 

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Yoghurt & Grape Loaf
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Ingredients
  1. 125g unsalted butter, softened
  2. 220g (1 cup) caster sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1/2 lemon, zested
  5. 200g (1 1/3 cups) self-raising flour
  6. 200g (3/4 cup) natural yoghurt
  7. 1 big bunch of grapes
  8. 1 egg white
  9. 60g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
Yoghurt Frosting
  1. 130g (1/2 cup) natural yoghurt
  2. 100g icing sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
To Decorate
  1. A few mini figs for extra decoration (optional)
  2. Edible flowers (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line base and sides of a standard sized loaf tin.
  2. Beat butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy, the beat in eggs, one at a time; it may look a bit curdled, but don't worry. Gently fold in lemon zest and flour, alternating with the yoghurt. Using a spatula, spread half the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Cover with grapes, and spread over the remaining batter. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  3. Remove cake from oven, but leave it in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, crystallise some of the grapes. Beat the egg white until it starts to bubble and froth. Dunk a small bunch of grapes in the egg white and shake lightly to remove excess egg white. Place on a paper towel to whilst you do as many other remaining bunches as you like. Take the grapes off the paper towel and lightly toss in the caster sugar, and place on a tray lined with baking paper for a few hours to dry.
  5. For the frosting, stir together the yogurt with the icing sugar and vanilla extract. Use a palette or butter knife to spread the frosting on the loaf.
  6. Decorate with a mixture of crystallised grapes, fresh grapes and mini figs (if using).
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 This was a sponsored post for Aussie Grapes.


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7 comments on “Yoghurt & Aussie Grape Loaf
  1. cynthia - March 14, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Oh goodness, this is so incredibly beautiful! This loaf could not be more gorgeous — and looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing this gem!

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  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - March 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    That’s beautiful. It looks like a little flower garden – that I can eat. :)

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  3. Nicole- Champagne and Chips - March 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I adore yoghurt cake. It is up there as one of my favourites.
    Thank you so much for posting your crystallised fruit directions too- every since I saw that multi-layer ginger cake with the crystallised cranberries on Instagram I have been wanting to try my hand at crystallised fruit.

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  4. Debs - March 18, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I have been thinking about this cake for a few days now. It looks stunning and the cake itself looks so moist. Beautiful job. x

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  5. Gourmet Getaways - March 22, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Wow, what an awesome looking loaf! Yoghurt and grape are an excellent tandem!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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  6. Mary Frances - April 11, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Your cake is absolutely gorgeous. I never would have thought to bake a cake with grapes. Those sugared ones just remind you of winter defrosting into this beautiful spring tableaux. I just love figs too.

    Reply

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