Growing up in Brazil, we had fresh orange juice every week. One time, I remember going to the kitchen and being amazed by how many oranges I saw. I didn’t know we bought one hundred oranges every week. The number one hundred impressed me so much, and like any other 6 years old child, I probably thought that we had an orange juice factory in our home.
Fast forwarding almost 20 years, on a very hot day in Ghana, I decided to go to what was claimed to be the largest outdoor market in West Africa . My goal was to buy oranges to make some fresh orange juice. I was already in Ghana for over a month but never had the chance to visit this market. A friend told me that they sold anything that you could possibly imagine so I was very excited to go.
The question was… How many oranges do I need to buy? My thought was… One hundred oranges of course! Yes, one hundred wonderful oranges that would bring me the memories of home and everything that was familiar to me.
This orange Greek yogurt loaf cake is very easy to make. The citrus brings a refreshing taste, aroma, and texture. The recipe is quick, the cake is moist, and it doesn’t require an electric mixer.
Since I had plenty of oranges, Greek yogurt, and a sleep over about to happen later that day, this cake would be helpful to keep the hungry teens busy for a while. The first loaf was gone very quickly, the second was saved just in time for me to capture a few shots.
Orange Greek Yogurt Loaf Cake
Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place rack in the middle of the oven. Grease a loaf pan and cover with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt . In another bowl add yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, orange zest, fresh orange juice, and oil. Whisk until well blended. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
3. Bake cake for about 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in the loaf pan. Turn cake out onto rack or a plate. It should come off very easily because of the parchment paper.Turn cake upright on plate and enjoy.
No, I didn’t end up buying one hundred oranges at the Ghanaian market, I wasn’t able to carry them all, I couldn’t use them fast enough, or even have a place to store them. I bought just enough oranges to make me a few glasses and be satisfied.
Besides, I knew that it didn’t take one hundred oranges to make a glass of orange juice but the hundred oranges helped me to keep some good childhood memories alive, and I could remember that while making my orange juice in the other side of the world.