August 10, 2022

For those who requested me to select one Dorie Greenspan recipe — from her fourteen cookbooks, and 3 a long time of welcoming bakers to the fold — to counsel to any novice or busy cook dinner, the lemony cloud of her French Yogurt Cake would already be baking in my mind.

As a result of sure, all of us desire a easy, faithful cake that calls for handiest bare-bones substances and power, however particularly one like this, with a signature step so comfortable Dorie has named it The Smoosh.

The gist of The Smoosh, which she discovered from pastry chef Pierre Hermé, is that this: Pinch lemon zest — or different citrus, recent herbs, or the abdominal of a vanilla bean — into sugar; watch (and odor) all of it turn into exponentially extra lemony than the zest on my own. “Smoosh any time you’ll be able to,” Dorie says.

And, by means of the way in which, I did have to select one Dorie recipe — however I additionally were given grasping. After I requested Dorie if I may just come with her iconic cake in our drawing close “Merely Genius” cookbook, she generously passed it over, and 3 of her favourite riffs on it, too.

One among them was once a summery spin streaked with blueberries and thyme, however nonetheless easy sufficient that the school scholars in her newest Zoom elegance had baked it of their dorm room toaster ovens.

Whilst the remainder of “Merely Genius,” the 3rd kid in our Genius Recipes cookbook collection, might be right here in September, within the intervening time I sought after to hustle this one to you, whilst there are blueberries to select and picnics and street journeys to outfit, regardless that you’ll be able to additionally bake it without end with frozen blueberries — or some other fruit you need.

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(For any individual who pre-orders the e-book now, there may be additionally an immediate bonus sneak peek of 14 new recipes and riffs to start out cooking ahead of the entire caboodle will get right here — here is extra on that.)

And now, here is Dorie’s newest riff on her any day, any season, any manner you need it cake, as it’s going to seem in “Merely Genius.” Smoosh away.

Recipe: Blueberry-Thyme Yogurt Cake from Dorie Greenspan