Baking with Yogurt

Baking with yogurt is a must! And often found in Lebanese recipes. Yogurt plays a special role in baking, giving moist, tender results with an extra boost of flavor too.

Olive oil loaf cake with white glaze dripping down the side

This is because of the acidic/fermented nature of yogurt. Many baking recipes call for yogurt (see mine below!), but you can also replace sour cream, buttermilk, or milk with yogurt in most any of your baking recipes.

Lemon Pound Cake

Olive oil loaf cake with white glaze on a rack

This recipe  yields  such a moist, tender cake including yogurt and olive oil in the mix.  Yogurt makes the glaze glossy and gorgeous  too!

Lebanese Namoura Cake

Mom holding a cake plate with cake and pink sugared rose petals arranged on top

A traditional Lebanese semolina cake flavored with coconut and orange blossom syrup.  Find the recipe here.

Sfouf Cake

Lebanese Sfouf cake with turmeric

Very classic tea cake, with bright color that comes from turmeric and tenderness from yogurt in the batter. The recipe is here.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes, MaureenAbood.com

A moist, flavorful take on the classic with my addition of yogurt in both the chocolate cake and buttercream. Find the recipe here.

Carrot Cake

Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese buttercream in a pan

Look no further for the best carrot cake recipe on the planet right here. Ultra  moist from–you guessed it–yogurt in the fabulous batter.

Strawberry Labneh Cheesecake

Strawberry Rose Cheesecake, MaureenAbood.com

We love this version of cheesecake using labneh for complex, creamy results. Here it is!

Pita Bread

Pita bread made with yogurt on a rack

An absolute must-try for anyone who loves to bake bread and wants a fluffy, soft pita made so with yogurt in the dough. This is the one.

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