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{Gluten-Free} Lemon-Yogurt Loaf with Blueberries

21 April 2015

When I have the time I’ve slowly been going through my favorite baking recipes on this site and tweaking them a bit to make them gluten-free. We had a few friends over for coffee this weekend so I took the opportunity to update a classic I make frequently: the simple yet always appreciated lemon yogurt cake.

One aspect of life in Saudi Arabia that can be taken in both a positive or negative light is the presence of produce and other items that have been flown in from the States. On the one hand it’s lovely to have fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries no matter the season. On the other it’s jarring to see plastic-wrapped broccoli with a ‘Grown in USA’ label. There are certainly some available locally-grown vegetables but it seems like an awful lot comes in from America, Australia, or nearby countries. We found Moroccan clementines at Carrefour that were nearly as good as they were in-country and some more tropical fruit from across the Indian Ocean — close, sort of. I am wistful for those San Francisco farmers’ market days.

Still, when there are piles of blueberry packages at the grocery store I find it hard to resist their allure. When I baked my latest iteration of this lemony cake, making it gluten-free this time with the combination of oat and sweet white rice flours that has quickly become my standard substitution in basic cakes, I folded in a cup or so of berries both for color as well as flavor.

If you’re dairy-free, try making this with coconut yogurt; the flavor profile will change slightly but that probably won’t be a bad thing. If you keep egg-free, try my version with flax seeds in place of eggs. If you’re hankering for a vegan cake I might try that latter recipe with coconut yogurt or a non-dairy milk ‘buttermilked’ (with a 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar added). I’m planning to further experiment with this cake at some point and incorporate honey in place of the sugar for its flavor and also so that I can reduce the amount of sweetener needed.

  • Nanda Garber 21 April 2015 at 10:25 am

    I am really enjoying your gluten-free baking recipes, and I am glad to hear you are planning on trying to sub more natural sweetners in place of the white/raw/brown sugars. I often use coconut sugar in place of at least some white/brown sugar, but it can make it a bit heavier and would love to see you use honey or maple syrup, if you can get them there.

    There is a new book coming out by Joanne Chang called Baking with Less Sugar, and I’m excited to see what she has experimented with. Not gluten-free, but she is really thorough with her recipe trials so I might experiment with your sweet rice/oat formula after I’ve made them once.