Brunch, Cakes, Cakes and Desserts, Cheese, fruit, Recipes

Swirl Sour Cream Cake with Dried Fruit and Walnuts

 

The following swirl cake is a wintry version of a summery fresh fruit cake I have posted a few years ago.
In the earlier version of the cake, I have used quark cheese as the base for the swirl, along with fresh summer fruits. As I didn’t have quark cheese this time, I substituted it with a mix of sour cream and yogurt.
Instead of fresh fruits, I used dried cranberries and dried apricots, and also added some chopped walnuts – all were mixed into the sour cream and yogurt layer.
For more aroma and flavors, I added honey and orange juice and zest to both the cake batter and the sour cream yogurt layer.
All these additions made the cake a bit sweeter than the previous one, and a lot more aromatic, with different flavors and textures in each bite. Even with all that, the cake is light and refreshing, and relatively low in fat and sugar. It is perfect for serving with a hot beverage on a cold day, or as part of a dessert buffet. Try it and enjoy.

Makes: 20 squares
Prep time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
For the sour cream-yogurt layer:
1 cup sour cream
½ cup Greek yogurt (I used Fage 2%)
¼ cup sugar
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs fresh orange juice
2 tsp orange zest
¼ cup cornstarch
1 cup roughly chopped dried cranberries, dried apricots, and walnuts
1 Tbs cornstarch
For the cake layer:
2 L eggs
½ cup sugar
2 Tbs honey
¼ cup oil
¼ cup fruity white wine
1 Tbs fresh orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
½ cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1¾ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Line a 12”x8” (20.5cm x 30cm) pan with baking paper.
  2. The sour cream yogurt layer: in a medium bowl, whisk the sour cream and yogurt with the sugar, honey, orange juice, and orange zest. Add ¼ cup cornstarch and whisk to a smooth mixture.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix the dried fruit and walnuts with 1 Tbs cornstarch. Add to the sour cream-yogurt mixture, once the cake batter is ready, and mix lightly
  4. The cake batter: in a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and honey. Add oil, white wine, orange juice and zest, sour cream and vanilla, and whisk again. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix to a smooth batter.
  5. Pour the cake batter into the lined pan, and add dollops of the sour cream-yogurt-dried fruit mixture on top. Using a fork, gently swirl the two layers together, to create a layered marble effect.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake batter part comes out clean. Place on a rack and let cool to room temperature before cutting.
Cakes, Cakes and Desserts, fruit, ice cream, Recipes

Banana, Marzipan and Dried Cherry Cake, with Chocolate Glaze

 

Cherries and almonds pair wonderfully well together, so, when I was planning on baking a banana cake, flavored with my homemade marzipan, it was an easy decision to add dried cherries to it. Belgium cherry beer, that I also had at hand, was the perfect way to enhance the cherry flavor, and give the cake a lighter texture. Continue reading “Banana, Marzipan and Dried Cherry Cake, with Chocolate Glaze”

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Baked Camembert Cheese with Cherry-Kumquat, Ginger and Brandy Jam

Baked white rind cheese, such as Camembert or Brie, is one of the easiest, yet most festive dishes for a relaxed entertainment. Baking the cheese turns it even creamier, enhances its flavor, and keeps it at the perfect texture for serving with tasty additions, such as crackers and fruits. The pairing of delicately salty cheese and sweetish/aromatic additions is hard to resist. Continue reading “Baked Camembert Cheese with Cherry-Kumquat, Ginger and Brandy Jam”

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Orange and Quince Duck Legs

 

Whenever I’m lucky enough to find quince at the store, I immediately grab a few. It is such a wonderful and versatile fruit, and it is a real shame its’ season is fairly short.
On top of being such a fragrant fruit, quince has so much pectin in it, it is no wonder that its’ main use is in making jams, jellies and fruit pastes. Quince is also great for making Pate de Fruit, a recipe I have shared a while ago, and can be found HERE. Continue reading “Orange and Quince Duck Legs”

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Fresh Cranberry, Orange and Almond Cake

 

As I still had some orange marmalade, from last weeks’ chicken dish, I thought it could be a good idea to use it in a cake. With Thanksgiving around the corner, and with lots of fresh cranberries at the store, it was a no-brainer to mix these two ingredients into one tasty cake. Continue reading “Fresh Cranberry, Orange and Almond Cake”

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Caramelized Apples and Honey with Whipped Cream

The Jewish New Year is celebrated today, and this brings back memories of traditional foods. One of the culinary traditions for this festive event, is to dip a slice of apple in honey, and eat it as a symbol for a sweet New Year. Plenty other sweet dishes are added to the table as well, in order to emphasize this hope for a sweet New Year. Continue reading “Caramelized Apples and Honey with Whipped Cream”

Cakes, Cakes and Desserts, fruit, Recipes

Chocolate Date Banana and Walnut Cake

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Dairy Free Banana and Blueberries Cake

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Peach, Yogurt and Cardamom Muffins with Stewed Peaches

As someone who would always prefer winter to summer, I can’t say I’m enjoying this insanely hot summer all that much. However, the fact that juicy and ripe summer fruits are in abundance, makes it a bit more bearable.

This time, I’ve found some beautiful fragrant and juicy peaches at the store, and decided to use them to make some tasty muffins. Continue reading “Peach, Yogurt and Cardamom Muffins with Stewed Peaches”

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Pluot Galette with Pistachios and Cashews

Plums are among my most favorite fruits, and, as the season is now is at its’ peak, there are quite a few types of them to choose from. One type I especially like, is pluot, an extra juicy plump and sweet type, which is actually a cross between plum and apricot. Continue reading “Pluot Galette with Pistachios and Cashews”

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Summer Salad with Greens, Crispy Vegetables, Fruits and Halloumi Cheese

Halloumi cheese is one of the rare cheeses, that can be fried, or grilled, and still keep its shape, while obtaining a wonderful new flavor and color. It is one of my favorite cheeses to use as an addition to salads. Continue reading “Summer Salad with Greens, Crispy Vegetables, Fruits and Halloumi Cheese”