This Turkish yogurt cake, adapted from the cookbook “Claudia Roden’s Mediterranean,” is similar to a lemon-scented cheesecake, but it’s lighter and has a fresher, tangier flavor. It’s good both warm and cold, either on its own or topped with berries that have been macerated in a pinch or two of sugar. Make sure to use whole milk Greek yogurt or another thick, strained variety here, or the texture won’t be as creamy.
- Serves: 8 persons
- Butter, for greasing the pan
- 4large eggs, separated, at room temperature
- ½cup/100 grams granulated sugar
- 3tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ⅔cups/400 grams whole-milk Greek yogurt
- 1lemon, zested and juiced
- Pinch of salt (optional)
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees and butter an 8- or 9-inch springform pan.
Step 2Using an electric hand mixer or a standing electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium-low until the mixture looks frothy, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly start to increase the speed to medium-high. Continue to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
Step 3In a separate bowl but using the same mixer, combine yolks and sugar (no need to wash beaters after the egg white). Beat yolks on medium-high until the mixture is very pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and gradually beat in flour, yogurt, lemon zest and juice, and salt until fully incorporated.
Step 4Gently fold half of the egg whites into the yolk-yogurt mixture until only a few streaks remain. Fold in the remaining whites, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl, until the batter is evenly mixed, light and smooth.
Step 5Scrape the batter into prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Bake until the top is speckled with golden brown and puffed, 40 to 55 minutes. (The 8-inch pan will take longer to bake through.) Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cake cool before cutting. Serve warm or cold.