This week I am on the dreaded night shifts but tonight is my last one, woo woo. The ward is terrible at the moment- too busy, not enough staff, tons of staff leaving, etc resulting in sub-standard patient care and demoralised nurses. However, let’s not dwell on the terrible state of nursing in the NHS right now. Instead I shall share this great, relatively healthy sponge cake recipe. It’s lower in fat, and higher in fibre than most sponge cakes. And, more importantly, it tastes awesome!
An Italian Zesty Grape Cake
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup wholemeal plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup 0% fat greek yoghurt
zest of two limes
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup golden caster sugar
1/2 cup olive oil (the stronger the oil the more you’ll be able to taste it so it’s your call as to which type of oil you use. I used mostly mild with a little of a stronger greek variety)
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved if large
Preheat oven to 170C.
Prepare a sponge cake tin by greasing it (and flouring it, if you want).
In one bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, followed by the yoghurt, lime zest and juice.
Then, with the whisk on a low setting, add the flour mix in parts, combining it with the mixture as you go. Finally, fold in the olive oil.
Pour 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared cake tin. Then sprinkled the grapes on top of the mixture before adding the remaining batter.
Bake for 45 mins – 1hr, until the cake is golden brown and a pick or knife comes out clean.
Cool in the tin for 30 mins before transferring to a wire rack. Or, if you’re impatient like me, dig in! It tastes soooo good warm out of the oven.
It tastes great with yoghurt or ice-cream once it’s a day or two old too.
Hope you guys like it.
Any exciting plans for the weekend?
I shall be sleeping for half of Saturday after finishing my nights, then we’re sharing Sunday lunch with some people from our church on Sunday. I also have Monday off as we’re having our 20 week scan! Can’t wait! We’ll probably find out if we’re having a girl or a boy then too :)