Grapefruit and Rosemary Cake

grapefruit loafI use the word “cake” very loosely here — this is more of a tea loaf. Its mildly sweet, packed with citrus flavor and has a slightly herbaceous undertone from the rosemary.  This is a lovely light dessert if you’re not a fan of overly sweet things, or a guilt-free way to eat cake for breakfast.  I like to serve mine with a dollop of sour cream when I’m trying to be good and some whipped marscapone when I want to throw caution (and calories) to the wind.

Usually when I cook I go for bold and audacious. This was a rare foray into subtlety and I have to say… I kind of like it.

Grapefruit and Rosemary Cake
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Serves: 8
  • 1¾ cups of flour
  • 1½ cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of yoghurt
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup of canola oil
  • ⅔ cup of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons of grapefruit zest
  • 1 tablespoons of rosemary, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, softened (for pan)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour (for pan)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour the inside of an 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pan*
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and grapefruit zest until they become a creamy yellow color (about 5 minutes) add the yoghurt and continue to beat for 2 more minutes. Add the oil and grapefruit juice and continue beating the mixture until everything is incorporated.
  4. Sift the flour into a medium bowl. Add the baking soda, salt and rosemary and mix everything together.
  5. Add half of the flour mixture into the egg mixture and beat, on low speed, until incorporated. Add the reminding flour mixture and, again, beat on low speed until incorporated.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the prepared loaf pan (you may have to use a spoon or spatula to get it into the pan) Bake for 45-50 minutes.**
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool. The cake should slide out of the pan when turned upside down.
*Rub the butter all over the inside of the pan. Then sprinkle the flour in and shake around until it is evenly distributed.
** To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake -- if it comes out clean the cake is done.

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