Monday, March 09, 2009

Mango Yogurt Cake Recipe

Here's a cake I made for K's mum's birthday lunch back in January. After the excessive eating during the festive season, I wanted to make something light, low in sugar and still delicious. An experiment with a pure mango pureé resulted in this delicious yogurt cake. Several people have tried this recipe, also posted on my Estonian site, and they've loved it. I used a can of sweetened Alphonso mango pulp by a UK-based East End company (92% mango), but you could use fresh mango pureé or blend some canned mangoes instead.

The cake needs to set for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, so make it on a night before.

Mango Yogurt Cake
Serves 10 to 12

200 g gingerbread cookies or cocoa biscuits, crushed
80 g butter, melted

Mango filling:
500 g good-quality mango pulp
200 g plain yogurt
200 ml whipping cream (35-38% fat content)
2 Tbsp sugar
juice of a large lemon
8 gelatine leaves (or 2 Tbsp gelatine powder)

pistachio nuts, sliced or mint or lemon balm leaves

Mix the finely crushed biscuits with melted butter. Line a 25 cm springform with a parchment paper and press the mixture onto the base. If you want to make sure that the base doesn't crumble at all, you can bake it for 10 minutes in a 200 Celsius oven, then cool completely (I usually skip this step and save electricity :)
Soak the gelatine leaves in a cold water for about 5-10 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix the mango pulp and yogurt.
Heat the lemon juice in a small bowl, adding 2-3 Tbsp hot water. Press the soaked gelatine leaves dry and stir into the hot lemon juice/water mixture. Stir couple of times, until melted. Pour into the mango-yogurt mixture, stirring vigorously.
Whip the cream and sugar until soft peaks form, then fold into the mango mixture.
Spoon the mango filling onto (the pre-baked) cookie base, smooth the top.
Place into the fridge for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Garnish with something green- pistachio nuts, or perhaps a mint or lemon balm leaves. Cut into fine slices and serve.


ChichaJo said...

My favorite fruit plus yogurt (which I also live)...this is perfect!

Siri said...

This looks beautiful- especially with the pistachios (?) on the outer edge. I bet it's really fresh and light too.

Passionate About Baking said...

I absolutely love that combination...nam nam nam nam nam!! Can't wait for mangoes to come so I can make this!!

Luscious Temptations said...

Ohhh this looks delicious! Definitely on my must try list when Alphonso mangoes come into season :)

James said...

Hi Pille,
This looks amazing. Do you think it'd work with agar agar or any other vegetarian alternative to the gelatine?


Pille said...

ChichaJo - it was a really tasty combination indeed.

Siri - yep - fresh, light, not too sweet..

Passionate About Baking & Luscious Temptations - lucky you, being able to rely on fresh and seasonal mangoes. No luck here (but that canned mango pulp was brilliant).

James - I think it would, though I don't know how much agar-agar you should use for a vegetarian alternative.. Hugs xx

Anonymous said...

This sounds perfect. Will try it out soon!