We enjoyed the most amazing cake last night. I used 10 of my own homegrown figs in it. It is sort of like if your cheesecake recipe and your dessert souffle recipe had a baby together: light in texture, delicate orange hints and quite scrumptious. Simply exquisite in my estimation.
Not that much sugar, lots of Greek yogurt, a few eggs, some flavorings and very little flour. It was very easy to put together; sort of like making a dessert soufflé. I mixed the yolks with the sugar and then the flour added in bit by bit with a whisk. My stand mixer made the egg whites into fluff and I folded them into the yolk/sugar mixture. Spooned into a buttered cheesecake pan and laid the cut halves of the figs into the batter. Bake it and BOOM; an amazing dessert fit for a king and queen! It does puff up a lot as it bakes; don’t worry; it will sink somewhat; can’t stay puffed when it cools.
The flavor was a lemony, fluffy light cake but the figs were the star attraction. If you like figs; this is your cake!
The recipe is from fearless dining: here is a link to the original I used to create my cake. http://www.fearlessdining.com/recipe/gluten-free-turkish-fig-yogurt-cake/.
I made only a couple of changes to fit what I had in my pantry. This is a spectacular cake to serve to company. Just need those fresh figs and some yogurt. I got mine at Aldi’s. Their store brand Greek yogurt in a big size has wonderful flavor and texture. Great price point too.
Turkish Fig and Yogurt Cake
Ingredients (at room temperature)
4 eggs, separated
½ tsp. cream of tarter
½ cup sugar
3 tbsp. gf flour – I used King Arthur blend
½ tsp. xanthan gum (leave out if your flour has some in it already)
1/2 to 1 tsp. lemon or orange extract
1 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
½ tsp. orange or tangerine zest (optional; add if you don’t have orange extract)
1 ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, preferably whole milk
7-12 figs (big ones; only 7, small; use more) Halved
A tsp. of butter for greasing the pan
A bit of powdered sugar to sift on top.
Directions: see the original post for directions – http://www.fearlessdining.com/recipe/gluten-free-turkish-fig-yogurt-cake/.