For all of you yogurt purists out there - good for YOU! I wish I was more pure in my love of plain yogurt. For all of you who are like me and prefer your yogurt, sweet and fruity - this one is for you!
Ok... I love to make homemade yogurt. I love the idea that I'm not getting BPA in my body from the plastic container. I love that I made it and I know what's in it. I love that - I did it myself!
But to confess - I'm not always a fan of how it tastes for breakfast. I have this thing for those little plastic cups of fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt. I love them! I want my homemade to taste just like that.
After much trial and error and lots of combinations - I tried making the yogurt with a packet of lime jello - Nope; I tried sweetening it and adding vanilla - Nope; I tried straining it so that it would be more like greek yogurt; Nope. None of these things really worked for me. Sure, drowning my yogurt in sweetened strawberries is delicious but I don't always have strawberries. I needed a more "pantry loving" way to eat breakfast using my homemade yogurt.
Ding-da-ding, ding ding! This morning I hit the jackpot!
I made yogurt this weekend using this SMALL-batch method with one quart of milk. My plan was to use it for making these Vanilla Scones
Vanilla Scones - Just like Starbucks!
some ranch dressing/dip:
and to replace sour cream in some other casserole type recipes. I was also bound and determined to find a way to like it for breakfast!
Hey-I found it folks! The key is jam/preserves.
What is fruit in the bottom of store bought yogurt cups, but sweetened fruit? And, what is sweetened fruit but preserves or jam? Duh...
This morning, I put a healthy scoop of homemade blackberry preserves in the bottom of my half-pint canning jar. In went a couple of scoops of my Small Batch Homemade Yogurt. Next was some Perfect Granola and a few dried blueberries.
It was a feast, I tell ya! Swirl it around and the preserves actually sweeten the yogurt. Double plus!
This post isn't a recipe. It's just a way to eat plain or homemade yogurt - so that if you aren't a yogurt purist, you too can enjoy the fruits of your labor from homemade yogurt or, to save a little $$$ moolah and buy the big container of plain yogurt - to mix up your own fruit-on-the bottom yogurt.
Here's how I made Homemade Sweetened Fruit -on-the Bottom Yogurt Cups AT HOME MY WAY:
Yogurt with Fruit-on-the-Bottom
- Plain/Homemade Yogurt-unsweetened
- Preserves/Jam (I used homemade)
- Optional: granola, dried fruit
Place a few scoops of preserves in the bottom of your container. I used a half-pint canning jar. Top with homemade/plain (unsweetened) yogurt. Add any toppings/granola/dried fruit when ready to eat and stir to swirl all of the flavors together.