A little while ago, my friend Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes posted a recipe for homemade Greek style yogurt from scratch. Yes, you heard me correctly: Homemade. Yogurt. I alluded to the fact when sharing my Chai Spiced Granola recipe.
I admit that my first reaction was, “Are you out of your mind?!” Seriously. I make most everything from scratch. I’m not easily intimidated in the kitchen. I will even try to make something just to learn from the process. But yogurt? Yogurt has always been intimidating. I find the idea of homemade yogurt absolutely charming, but I could never bring myself to do it. I guess I wasn’t that charmed, after all. Besides there was all that buying of enzymes and probiotics, the special yogurt cooker equipment–way to fussy for life.
But then I read Cathy’s post about the virtues of fresh yogurt, and you know what? It looked easy! Just a gallon of milk, a little Greek yogurt to act as a starter, a thermometer, and a big ol’ pot. Nothing at all fancy required. I instantly went from “Are you out of your mind?!” to ”I am SO going to do this!!”
I tend to multiply my end punctuation when I get emphatic.
But you know what? I saw how Cathy B. made yogurt, and I knew it would be a piece of cake. Truly it was. I’ve made several batches in the past couple of weeks, because we appear to be inhaling it almost as fast as I can make it.
Friends, homemade yogurt is delicious. It doesn’t have the acidic bite of regular plain yogurt, but rather it is smooth, creamy, and lusccious. The best part is that homemade yogurt is economical and ever so versatile. Homemade yogurt can be served a multitude of ways.
Chai Spiced Granola is an obvious choice. Add a little drizzle of real maple syrup or a spot of jam = breakfast of champions.
Or perhaps stir in a bit of Greek yogurt in your next batch of muffin batter to moisten the deal.
Or better yet, adorn Spicy Pulled Pork Carnitas, or Shredded Chicken Tacos with a dollop of your homemade goodness, and watch your family sigh with delight.
The possibilities are endless! So think about it.
Mull it over.
Take a deep breath.
Then go for it!
You too can make Greek style yogurt from scratch. Then be sure to thank Cathy B. for showing you how.