Saturday, April 05, 2008

Good Chat Blog Award

My new friend over at Mother's Pride (I think this is a very clever name for her blog) has a talented daughter, the fixer who has been making some wonderful buttons for her mother and shelves to keep her awards tidy~ how clever is that! I'm lucky enough to be one of the people she thinks it would be good to drop in on for a 'good chat'. I'm honoured and delighted to be on her list. I love the button which I will be adding via my side bar link.

Now anyone who reads my blog regularly will know I'm always looking for an excuse to bake a cake and what better reason could one have than entertaining blog buddies. I had been meaning to try out the recipe for a yoghurt cake that I had seen over at winosandfoodies and this gave me the perfect opportunity. Although I haven't quite perfected it yet as the blueberries did not sink to the bottom as they should, however, I can assure you, that did not detract from the taste!

Recipe and Method:

Gateau au Yaourt (you will need to go visit Barbara for the story about the cake) 2 eggs 250grams (1 cup) whole milk plain unsweetened yogurt 200g (1 cup) sugar 80ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil 240 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon light rum 1/2 cup blueberries Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F), line the bottom of a round 25-cm (10-inch) cake pan with parchment paper and grease the sides. In a large mixing-bowl, gently combine the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil, and rum. In another bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture into the yogurt mixture, and blend together until just mixed. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Place blueberries on top, they will sink into the batter as it cooks. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Let stand for ten minutes, and transfer onto a rack to cool.

There are so many good friends that I would like to invite for a chat but it might get a bit crowded so I have restricted myself to a handful:

Barbara has been a buddy since I first started blogging.
Pamela she will come to get out of the dusting!
Swampy will make the party go with a swing even when lying on the floor!
john he's a lot of fun
Tigger lamb girl it would be nice to meet you.
Katy we could exchange stories about our trips to the States
Anvilcloud and Cuppa they might bring their sweet little granddaughter
Willowtree might be too busy, caring for Belle, to join us.

If I invited everyone I would like to, I could be having daily tea and chat for a month or more so if you are not on my list that doesn't mean I wouldn't love to chat to you.

I didn't make it clear that you can pass this 'Good Chat Blog Award' on to more buddies who like a good natter, but don't feel obliged to do so!

2007: Thinking Blogger Award

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At 5/4/08 11:37, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

The cake sounds great. Cuppa makes fine muffins using yogurt -- healthy as well as scrump.

Maybe it's the lack of sleep, but I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to do about the chat thing.

At 5/4/08 12:08, Anonymous tiger lamb girl said...

Mmmm -- looks yummy!!

I'd like to meet you too, Chris:). Maybe soon!

If you prick blueberries will that help make them sink? Just wondering out loud, lol.

At 5/4/08 13:29, Anonymous chatty-swampy said...

You must know that my childhood nickname was Chatty Kathy...
Thanks for this HONOR. Just love seeing ***My Name in Lights** at someone's place.
Love the recipe and plan to stir that up this weekend. (Am on my feet again...s-l-o-w-l-y.
I'm will Anvilcloud and need to what my 'job description' is. It's early here, too, so I'll be back later after my caffeine kicks in.

At 5/4/08 13:32, Anonymous chatty-swampy said...

I guess I need some R.U.L.E.S. to follow...TeeHeeHee !

At 5/4/08 14:11, Blogger ChrisB said...

AC and Swampy this award is for passing on~ but I stress only if you feel like it; there is absolutely no obligation~ I don't want to scare you away!!!

TLG I might try the pricking but that sounds a bit time consuming to me!

At 5/4/08 14:13, Blogger ChrisB said...

PS LOL Swampy I didn't think you knew the meaning of the word 'RULES'!!

At 5/4/08 15:02, Blogger katy said...

shucks I am honoured, am all of a dither now, thanks chris x will do a post with it this week as I have a few awards hanging around not displayed yet

At 5/4/08 15:32, Anonymous Grannymar said...

That sounds nice, might just try it.

At 5/4/08 15:54, Blogger Rose said...

I love baking so I hade to bug in.
that cake looks very good.
I'll be sharing recepies soon.

At 5/4/08 17:50, Blogger Betty said...

Congratulations on your award. It is very pretty.

Thank you for visiting my Show and Tell and leaving a comment. I appreciate it and hope you will visit me again soon.

At 5/4/08 19:21, Blogger MarmiteToasty said...

The cake looks and sounds scrumptious..... I so need to make it, fanks for the recipe.....

And congrats on the award....


At 5/4/08 22:32, Blogger Kila said...

Mmm, looks good, thanks for sharing the recipe!

At 5/4/08 23:38, Blogger Barbara said...

Thanks Chris I'd love to come over for a chat. I'd bring some sunshine and champagne for you, Honey for Granny and a nice Aussie shiraz for Embee.

The cakes looks nice. Next time just push the blueberries down into the batter a little. Maybe they needed a little help. Sometimes the flour can make a batter thicker or thinner and affect the sinking.

At 5/4/08 23:47, Blogger Joy T. said...

Congrats on the award and that cake looks soooooo good! I'm going to have to print this one out to try. Hubby loves blueberries :o)

At 6/4/08 04:49, Blogger Alison said...

the cake sounds delicious, I will have to make it. the award is very cute and well deserved!!

At 6/4/08 08:04, Blogger bermudabluez said...

The cake looks really good! Congratulations on your award!

At 6/4/08 09:39, Blogger ChrisB said...

barbara I did wonder if the batter was a little thick. I'm going to make another in a couple of weeks to take to the food coop so hopefully I can improve on this attempt!

At 6/4/08 15:01, Blogger frannie said...

that cake looks great!!! and I would love to have a chat with you!

At 6/4/08 22:19, Blogger Pamela said...

I've said it before.. I;ll say it again - I'd LOVE to come sit and have tea and chat.
.. and add your wonderful baking talent, that is just more reason.

But, if I never get to fly across the pond, I love being your blog-buddy and having a cyber good chat!

At 7/4/08 03:42, Blogger my4kids said...

Congrats on the award it's very cute!
That cake looks yummy!

At 7/4/08 10:31, Blogger Steffi said...

Your cake sounds and looks great,Chris!

At 7/4/08 21:17, Blogger lisa marie said...

Oh that cake looks devine! Please ask one of your attendees to slip me a piece. ;)



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