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Donna Hay Challenge #1 – Blueberry yogurt cake

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Maybe you think that I really have nothing to do and that’s why I come up with these insane plans to keep myself busy… Because why else would you dream up the next challenge? Because I can? Just because it is fun? It’s not entirely original. because we all know the Julie and Julia phenomena, but for me this is a first and that is all that matters. Plus it’s not a book…

 

Blueberry yogurt cake | insimoneskitchen.com

So… what did I come up with this time? I will be cooking ALL recipes from one edition of Donna Hay magazine. In this particular case that means  a total of 81 recipes (if I counted it correctly) and I chose edition nr 71 from October/November of last year. Since that features a spring season in Australia I figured timing wise it would kind of match with our current upcoming season. Which seemed appropriate!

I made a list of all the recipes in the magazine and I will also be having a separate category here so you will be able to find them easily if you would want to.

Blueberry yogurt cake | insimoneskitchen.com

I also officially asked permission from the Donna Hay team as I am planning to mention all recipes here and I figured it was a good idea to check if that was ok to. And they agreed that it would be fine for me to place the recipes (with proper credits ofcourse) so I will try and make a photo of every single recipe I make from the magazine. If I succeed for the full 100% I cannot guarantuee as it is a lot of recipes. And ofcourse, as luck would have it, I picked an edition with a total of 8 chicken recipes. Whole chickens that is… I will be the roasted chicken expert when this is over I am sure! And and there is a whole section with breadpuddings and other deliciousness… But also – thankfully – a lot of healthy recipes.. Which is why I picked this particular edition in the first place.

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and so here is recipe number one!

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Donna Hay Challenge #1 – Blueberry yogurt cake

Bosbessen yoghurt cake
  • Author: Simone van den Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hrs
  • Total Time: -25580752.8 minute

Ingredients

  • 150 gr unsalted butter, melted
  • 220 gr sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 140 gr Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp of finely grated lemonzest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 gr self raising flour
  • 125 gr fresh blueberries plus some extra to serve
  • icing sugar to dust

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 C. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, yoghurt, lemonzest and vanilla in a bowl and mix to combine
  2. Add the flour ad mix everything well. Fold the blueberries through the batter and pour into a caketin of about 22 x 8 x 7 cm which is covered in baking paper/
  3. Smooth the surface with a spatula and bake the cake for about an hour or until it is cooked through. Test this with a wooden stick in the middle of the cake. If it comes out dry your cake is done.
  4. Leave the cake to cool for ten minutes in the tin before turning it over onto a cake rack to cool completely.
  5. Before serving dust with icing sugar and serve with some extra blueberries

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    March 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Donna’s recipes are always easy and very delicious and I’m eager to follow your journey!

  • Reply
    Jamie
    March 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I guess I should actually make something from the couple of Donna Hay magazines I do own. This blueberry yogurt cake is gorgeous and we love have cakes like this around the house (though not for long!)… but fresh blueberries? I have a tough enough time finding them here in the summer but in winter? And now I so want them! To make this!

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      March 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      You should give it a go Jamie. I’m sure you’d make something delicious and I love almost all of her recipes (there is the occassional failure) And blueberries are quite abundant here year round although they are not at their best at the moment in terms of flavor but for baking it is quite good as that makes them sweeter..

      • Reply
        Jamie
        March 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

        Now that I think about it, Simone, the only blueberries we find here come from the Netherlands! Ha! But they cost like 6€ for a cup of berries. Sad.

    • Reply
      Regina
      May 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

      I have used frozen blueberries. They work well

      • Reply
        Simone van den Berg
        May 15, 2015 at 11:03 pm

        Thanks Regina! Good to know it works with frozen as well. I was afraid they might get too soggy…

  • Reply
    Debbi
    March 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I’m confused as to what kind of challenge this is? Usually it was to cook and style “in the look of Donna Hay”, but this seems to be just follow the recipe and take a picture if it? Isn’t this is just a personal challenge to see it you can do 81 recipes?

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      March 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Debbi,
      this is just a personal challenge for me to cook all the recipes of one single issue of a magazine. That’s all…

      • Reply
        Debbi
        March 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

        Ok, I see, I think it’s a fabulous idea. I’m going to try too!
        Thx

  • Reply
    Ann Low
    March 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I love Donna Hay’s recipes and had tried few of them. Always turned out very delicious and easy recipes to follow.

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      March 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks Ann! Yes, I’m a big Donna Hay fan too and her recipes are mostly all delicious so this is gonna be a fun challenge to do!

  • Reply
    lisaiscooking
    March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    What a fun project! Can’t wait to see what else you make and photograph. This cake looks divine. It would be perfect for brunch right now!

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      March 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Lol.. well the second one went up today, although it won’t be every day.. (impossible to do!)

  • Reply
    John@Kitchen Riffs
    March 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    What a fun idea! And this cake is a great way to start — looks wonderful. I’ll definitely enjoy this series!

  • Reply
    Hannah
    March 2, 2014 at 5:57 am

    I’m a big fan of Donna Hay’s recipe sensibilities and presentations, but I don’t think that she herself could have photographed this more beautifully. That crumb packed with jammy baked blueberries is simply luscious!

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      March 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      O you’re too kind Hannah! I’m sure the Donna Hay team would have done a better job really.. 😉

  • Reply
    Yulia
    November 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Can I use frozen blueberries?

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      November 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Yes you can although they tend to be slightly wetter than fresh blueberries but it should work almost the same

  • Reply
    Joanna
    October 12, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I love this challenge! Now I wonder how you went, but I guess I should just head to the blog. Feeling inspired ☺️

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