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Mediterranean Yoghurt Custard

بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
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After the faith packed month of Ramadan, came the Eid cakes preparations. It made me think of my little old blog and how I missed doing it. I must admit there were times it became a chore to do, but overall was something fun that brought joy to my life and has been a bridge for me meet some lovely people from all over the world.

I made this dessert the other when some friends came to visit. Something quick that really takes very little effort. Here in Algeria, most bakeries sell this dessert Flan Patissier baked in enormous trays. This classic dessert made its way from France, where it's usually baked in a flaky shirt crust pastry. Doing some research using my friend Cheikh Google I came across Flan Patissier's more creamy and zingy cousin the Spanish Cuajada.

Cuajada, also known as Gatzatua or Mamia in other parts of Spain, is a unique creamy dessert made from ewe's milk that can be sweet or savory. Very similar to yoghurt in texture, but slightly different in taste. Cuajada is mild and not acidic. Although the ingredients that I use for my Cuajada is availible in most superettes ... being able to eat Cuajada all year round is very convenient. I love the idea of waiting until the holiday times to enjoy something so precious. Always a treat, given and received with great love and appreciation.

My fondess for yoghurt, it naturally follows that I love cuajada too. This is, after all, a simple milky dessert, taken with honey, sometimes nuts, sometimes fruit and sometimes by itself. But there is something about its creamy smoothness, its milky white innocence, which makes me feel inexplicably optimistic about life!





mediterranean yoghurt custard  
aka cuajada in spanish or flan patissier in french 
Traditional Mediterranean egg custard dessert found easily in Algerian, French and Spanish bakeries, made lighter using yoghurt.

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SPECIAL DIETS:  low fat


desserts  | makes  small 12 wedges 


PREP TIME: 5-15 MINS
COOK TIME: 25-30 MINS

۞ = SUBSTITUTIONS

With optional dusting of powdered sugar  or light caramel sauce



NOTE 
‣ 1 yoghurt pot = 125ml or 4.4 oz or ½ cup

  • 1 pot Greek yogurt (plain or any flavor you like)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence or half vanilla pod scrapped
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 pots of sifted flour
  • 4 pots of milk
  • 1 pot of sugar
  • 1 pot of desicated coconut (optional)

    Preheat the oven to 300°F - 150°C.

    In a large mixing bow, mix all the ingredients together using a hand whisk.

    Lightly grease a baking dish. I have used a round 25 cm tart pan. You can easily use a square or retangular pan. But the baking time will vary. 

    Now pour the mixture into the baking dish. And bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes until the custard is set.

    Cool the cake in the dessert for about 10 minutes before cutting. And optionally dust with powdered sugar.

    Storage
    This dessert, if it lasts that long will keep up to 7 in the fridge and up to 6 months if frozen. To use, simple thaw out on the countertop. 

    Subsitutions
    Please note I used coconut flavored Greek style yogurt since that's what I like. You can easily use vanilla or any other flavor you like. It can be the aromatic yogurt or the swiss style with fruit chunks. 
    If you want to make this dessert refined sugar-free simply use use ¾ pot honey.

    Sweetness
    If you use a yogurt will is already sweetened. You'll find the custard may be too sweet for your taste. So use about one fourth less sugar if you are using sweetened yoghuert.  

    Variation
    You can add fruits in this recipe like prunes, pears, quinces, figs, strawberries, apricots or even raisins.

    Vegan
    I have not tried but this optionally to make this dessert vegan you could sub the eggs for 2 flax eggs: Place 2 TBS of ground flax seeds in a cup add 4 TBS of hot water to the cup and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before using.Should be thickened and cooled before adding to the batter. And use vegan milk like almond or even coconut milk instead of the cow milk and use a vegan yoghurt like coconut yoghurt or even soy. 

    Gluten-Free
    You can sub spelt flour for the wheat for a gluten-free version. 

     CATEGORIES:  KIDS' FAV, desserts, summer, QUICK AND EASY, VEGETARIAN, VEGAN ADAPTABLE

    SOURCE:  ADAPTED FROM A spanish and FRENCH CLASSIC

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