Saturday, April 30, 2011

Homemade Yogurt in the crockpot

So I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE European Yogurt. It is not Greek Yogurt, but it is super yummy. Sadly I cannot find it anywhere in the US. The difference is big and vast. If you have ever been in Europe and eaten Muller's Yogurt or been in Switzerland and eaten standard yogurt, you would understand my point. I find US based yogurt aweful. It is tart, leaves a horrible aftertaste and is not good. So I have tried many homemade recipes to discover one I like. Well I found one yesterday. I tried it and it was wonderful. Here is the recipe.

1 liter milk (if unpasterized, even better)
1/4-1/2 cup of dried milk
1 container of plain yogurt (% of your choice, not ultra pasterized) or active yeast cultures

Place both ingredients in the crockpot. Cook for 1 1/2 hours on high or 2 1/2 hours on low. Then remove from heat source (outter layer of crockpot). If you have a free thermator, the temperature should go down to 110'. If not, let rest for 1 hour.
Add plain yogurt for starters or pour live cultures. Mix in.
Heat your oven to the lowest temperature you can. Place ceramic bowl with yogurt into your oven for 5-12 hours. The shorter the time, the less tart your yogurt will get. The longer, the more tart it gets.
Remove from oven and let rest for about 1 hour. Pour out the yellow or green liquids out (whey from the milk). You can keep it to put into smoothies (protein source without calories) or toss. Use some to put back into the yogurt. You can use cheesecloth to help remove more liquid, but place in sealed container in frig to cool.

I added strawberries (sliced with a little sugar and water-- cooked for 20 minutes- stirring occasionally). Let cool, then added to the yogurt. Great homemade yogurt--- I've done the same with blueberries and other fruit.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Miniature Orange Scones

I came across this recipe on a blog and made them for Sophie's birthday tea party. They are so yummy. I didn't make the glaze the recipe calls for because I was serving them with whipped cream (instead of clotted cream) and I don't think they need it.

Miniature Orange Scented Chocolate Chip Scones
recipe adapted from Teresa Miller


2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons orange zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups whipping cream (heavy cream)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, salt, and chocolate chips (by hand). Pour in whipping cream. Mix or knead by hand, just until combined (about 45 second). Mix will be sticky. Flour surface. Divide dough into two sections and pat into two rounds, each approximately four inches. Note: Score each round first with a knife into 4ths , then 8ths. Then cut and put on a greased large cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool five minutes, then glaze.

1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons orange juice

Mix together until a thin icing consistency to pour over warm scones.