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Aleks and Aurélie's Favorite Recipes

Month: January, 2014

Yogurt cake

by aleksandaurelie

Taken from the Moro cookbook.

6-8 large eggs, separated
5/8-3/4 cups caster sugar
3-4 vanilla pods, split in half lengthways
700-900 g yoghurrt
finely grated zest of 2-3 lemons and 1-1.5 oranges
juice of 2-3 lemons
1/3-1/2 cups plain flour
60-80 g unsalted pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

For serving
Pomegranate seeds

Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit, and put a bain-marie of water in to warm on the middle shelf. Have ready a 8×13 square baking dish or cake tin with a solid bottom, lined with greaseproof paper.

In a bowl, beat the egg yolks with 3/4 of the sugar until thick and pale. Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pods and mix into the egg-sugar mixture. Add the yogurt, lemon and orange zest, lemon juice, and the flour, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk up the egg whites with the remaining sugar until soft peaks form. Gently and evenly, fold the whites into the yogurt mixture.

Pour the mixture into the baking tin. Place the tin in the bain-marie, making sure that the boiling water comes halfway up the tin, and cook for about 20 minutes.

Then add the chopped pistachios, sprinkling them gently on top, and continue cooking for a further 20 minutes or until the top is light brown in color. The correct consistency of the cake should be a light sponge on top with a wet custard below.

Serve with yogurt and pomegranate seeds.

Serves 10-12.


Tomato pomegranate salad

by aleksandaurelie

Taken from Ottolenghi.

1 cup (200g) red cherry tomatoes, diced
1 cup (200g) yellow cherry tomatoes, diced
1 cup (200g) plum tomatoes, diced
4 medium (500g) vine tomatoes, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 pomegranate, seeds removed

2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp ground allspice
2 tsp white vine vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
4 tbsp olive oil
1/3 tsp salt
1/3 tsp black pepper

Small oregano leaves
Olive oil, drizzled

Mix together the tomatoes, red pepper, and onion and set aside. In a separate dish, whisk the garlic, allspice, vinegar, pomegranate molasses, olive oil, and 1/3rd teaspoon of salt. Pour over the tomatoes and mix gently.

Arrange the tomatoes, pepper, and onion on a large flat plate. Sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds and oregano and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

Serves 4.