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Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake

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Cobblers, trifles and pies tend to be my go-to summer fruit desserts.  I usually find that cakes are too heavy for my taste in the summer heat (especially these 100 degree temperatures we've been having), but when I came cross this Ina Garten recipe on Smitten Kitchen I knew that the yogurt would probably keep this fairly light.  This cake is super simple and a super summery dessert.

The lemon makes the cake very bright and slightly tangy.  The blueberries give it a very natural, subtle sweetness. If you are looking for a mildly sweet, palate cleansing dessert, then this one is for you!


Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake

1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain yogurt (I used fat free)
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 1 lemon)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
 
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 (+) minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in (a pastry brush works great for this, as does using a toothpick to make tiny holes that draw the syrup in better). Cool.

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