Monday, November 9, 2015

Lemon Yogurt Bread with Cardamom Syrup

Cardamom: the unsung, spice cabinet hero.

Lemon Yogurt Bread with Cardamom Syrup | A Hoppy Medium

Leftover vanilla yogurt left with me the burning question: How can I bake this into something delicious? I'm not a huge eat-yogurt-by-itself person, so baking was my only initial thought. So when I found Ina Garten's (aka Barefoot Contessa aka my culinary idol) recipe for Lemon Yogurt Cake, I decided to tweak it slightly to accommodate what I already had in my kitchen. And the addition of cardamom was necessary to celebrate fall, the colder weather, and to make my kitchen smell absolutely amazing.

Lemon Yogurt Bread with Cardamom Syrup | A Hoppy Medium

Lemon Yogurt Bread with Cardamom Syrup
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup vanilla non-fat yogurt
-1 1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided
-3 large eggs
-2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
2.) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate, large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
3.) With a rubber spatula or spoon, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
4.) Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice, remaining 1/3 cup sugar, and cardamom in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is mostly clear (besides the cardamom specks). Set aside.
5.) When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar-cardamom mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

*Can't eat the whole loaf within 5-6 days? Freeze the leftovers!

Lemon Yogurt Bread with Cardamom Syrup | A Hoppy Medium

Super moist, super lemon-y (don't use the fake stuff!), with just a hint of the aromatic cardamom. Alongside a cup of coffee (or tea)? Fall morning heaven.

What are your favorite uses for leftover yogurt?


  1. This looks amazing! I love lemon cakes. :-) I hope things are well with you in Portland!

    1. Thanks, Alaina! So far, so good. ;) Hope all is well with you and the soon-to-be new home!

  2. I guess moist does really apply as a good adjective in this case ;) looks delicious.

  3. This looks delicious! I also like baking quick breads with leftover yogurt. I typically buy plain Greek yogurt, and it's also a great substitute for sour cream in savory dishes, and for topping soup!

    1. I looove plain Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream! And on top of Indian dishes. :)