Pistachio and yogurt cake recipe

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serves: 10
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 40 min
(plus 10 mins cooling)
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  • This cake uses olive oil and low-fat yogurt instead of butter for a lighter sponge. Serve with a light Greek yogurt topping and berries to keep the fat content down


    • Light olive oil or low-fat spread, for oiling or greasing
    • 140g (5oz) shelled, unsalted pistachio nuts
    • 4 eggs
    • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
    • 150g (5½oz) plain low fat yogurt
    • 75ml (3fl oz) light olive oil
    • 115g (4oz) self-raising flour
    • Low-fat
    • crème fraîche
    • or Greek yougurt and mixed fresh berries to top


    • Preheat the oven to 160°C/315°F/Gas mark 2–3.

    • Oil a 23cm (9in) springform cake tin with a little light olive oil or use some low-fat spread.

    • Start by finely grinding the pistachios in a food processor, then set aside.

    • Using a free-standing electric mixer, beat the eggs and the sugar together until very pale and thick. This will take about 5 minutes, so be patient with it!

    • Next, gently mix in the yogurt and olive oil.

    • Now, sift in the flour and fold in using a spatula, then add the ground pistachios.

    • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Top with crème fraîche and mixed fresh berries.

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