Yogurt Mini Loaves

This Italian Family
by This Italian Family
9 mini loaves
30 min

These little treats in Italy would be called “Plumcake”, as the original recipe comes from the traditional English fruitcake, but their evolution has got nothing to do with plums or fruit, and they are now simply some extra soft, sweet sponge loaves or mini loaves, whilst retaining the confusing fruity name.

After this fun fact, I can tell you that these mini loaves are perfect for little hands. They do have sugar so they aren’t really an everyday treat, but a brilliant idea for a weekend afternoon snack (or “merenda”) that you can easily bring with you wherever you are going. They are also quite versatile, as you can have them in any flavour you want just by choosing a different yogurt. Can be dairy-free!

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Recipe details
  • 9  mini loaves
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 5.2oz (11/4 cups) plain flour
  • 1.7oz (1/2 cup) cornflour/cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • 4.2oz (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
  • 5.2oz (1/2 cup) yogurt (either plain or fruity. Also dairy-free works fine)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch of salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk with electric whisks until you get a smooth and rather thick batter.
Brush some vegetable oil in a mini loaf tin (or you can just do 1 big loaf) and sprinkle with flour so it doesn’t stick.
Pour in your batter till it’s 3/4 the height of the mould.
Bake in the oven in static mode at 350 degrees F (180°C) for 20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.
Leave these to cool for a few minutes in the moulds and then transfer them to a rack until they are completely cold. Enjoy!
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  • Allison Pagel Eckhardt Allison Pagel Eckhardt on Dec 01, 2021

    Is this 180 degrees C, so 350 degrees F?

    • This Italian Family This Italian Family on Dec 01, 2021

      Yes, sorry I forgot to make the conversion, thanks for pointing it out. It is indeed 350F I will amend the recipe now too to include that.

  • Alison Alison on Dec 05, 2021

    looks simple and yummy. I'm going to add a pinch of dried lavender and rosemary to give them a fresh herb lift and t will add colour too

    • This Italian Family This Italian Family on Dec 06, 2021

      What a wonderful idea! I will be sure to try that one out next time too! Let me know how it turns out