It seems like every French home I've visited has some version of this quick, tasty recipe taped to the inside of a cupboard door. This is a simple dessert that is perfect for making together with the kids because the measuring is so wonderfully simple.
This version is topped with fresh pears, which adds a luxurious flavor and appearance to the cake.
The concept of this creamy, light French cake is that all the ingredients are proportionate to one another. Which means it is incredibly forgiving!
The traditional recipe is based off of one pot of yogurt as the measuring vessel, I've substituted a 3/4 cup measuring cup.
Note: The recipe uses poudre d'amandes which is known in the English-speaking world as almond meal or almond flour. Basically, its a powder of finely ground almonds. What also work beautifully are the grounds left from homemade Almond Milk (learn how to make it with this recipe).
3 x 3/4 cup flour
1 x 3/4 cup almond meal
2 x 3/4 cup sugar
1 x 3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 x 3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 or 2 fresh pears
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8" cake pan (or muffin tin, if you prefer)
Slice the pear into even sections and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl blend all the ingredients together, and stir for a minute or two.
Pour the mixture into the greased cake pan, and place the fruit slices on top. Give them a little nudge so they sink just a bit into the batter.
Place the cake into the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Its delicious by itself, or served with fresh berries. ENJOY!