This lemon yogurt cake is my quilt, which I can wrap around after a day’s hard work.
This lemon yogurt cake is my 30 year old Feluda flick Hatyapuri, which I can read any time.
This lemon yogurt cake is my any movie of the Bourne Series, which I can always watch back to back
This lemon yogurt cake is my love for Hazaron Khwahishe Aisi by Jagjit Singh, which I can listen to all the time and anytime.
I can go on and on but I wanna hold your interest before you flip through to another blogpost. This is not a new recipe in Madhushree’s diary (yes, she still maintains a dairy; one is as old as 20 years). It has been made umpteen times at home and it is a recipe worth sharing; hence so many words and effervescence of emotions.
Everytime this has been baked, we have had it almost round the day. A slice with the Morning tea and a little thicker piece post breakfast. Lunch is usually spared and the only reason being, there is no way a lemon yogurt cake could go with a traditional Bengali meal of Bhaat, daal, torkari and maach/mangsho. However, after a Bhaat ghoom (the warm affectionate name for the afternoon siesta), wake up for the evening tea and enjoy this with a hot cup of Darjeeling tea. Post dinner is my favourite with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which is nothing short of lethal and aphrodisiac.
Historically, Egyptians showed great baking skills by baking the cakes and the breads on hot stones. However, since the 18th century, few landmark inventions revolutionized the cake making process. For that matter, the word ‘çake’ was derived from the Norse word ‘kaka’ and the closest to the modern cakes was first baked somewhere in Europe in the mid 17th century. First it was whipping of eggs, then came baking soda and finally was the inclusion of baking powder in 1860’s, which resulted in wonderful fluffy cakes.
With that sugar frosting around the mould, looking like crystalized lava out of a volcano, we can pack off history for some boring afternoon classes (absolutely personal opinion of a student who always used to fall asleep in history classes).
Is there any rule of when to eat a cake? Even if you are a health freak, you can dump all the theories in the kitchen sink and have a bite of this cake and watch yourself getting addicted to it.
Just don’t forget the golden saying – You can’t have your cake and eat it too. So once finished, plan that next batch of baking and till such time, I will look for the answer for – what else can I do throughout the day?