Baked Yogurt/Bhapa Doi – I call it..Cheesecake without the hassle :)

I came across this dessert when I had gone to this interesting restaurant Thinespo that serves mostly American and Continental cuisine. I always like to try different desserts, as I find your typical chocolate based ones too common.

When I saw Baked Yogurt on their dessert menu, I was immediately intrigued. Because we have all heard of Frozen Yogurt, so what was this Baked Yogurt, I had to know.

When I tasted it, I was in love!!! It tasted almost like a cheesecake with its crumbly texture, but without the biscuit base and the semi tangy flavor that we have all come to know and love with a cheesecake. The baked yogurt has a milder flavor that I am sure once you eat it, you will definitely love.

And this being completely vegetarian, was even better as I always like to learn desserts that can be made without the regular eggs and milk. It is a good recipe for Vegans where you can substitute the ingredients with soy milk, soy yogurt etc.

Bengalis have a dessert that’s very similar to this, called Bhapa Doi, that basically steamed Yogurt/curd which is actually a lengthy process of boiling the milk till it condenses to 1/4th in quantity and then making it into yogurt and then hanging it till its thicker and steaming/double boiling it till it sets.

Baked Yogurt with Banana Caramel
Baked Yogurt with Banana Caramel

My method is relatively simple, thanks to almost all the ingredients easily available in the supermarket. And lets face it, I cant wait that long to dig into this delicious devil. Also I make it in 3 flavors, plain, caramel (dulce de leche) and banana caramel. It’s almost the same ingredients for making all three, so find below the basic recipe and instructions.


 

Ingredients:

 Ingredients for the Yogurt filling:

Thick Yogurt/Curd – 1 and ½ cup

Condensed milk – 4 – 5 tbsp (adjust according to your taste)

Fresh Crème – 4 – 5 tbsp

Vanilla essence – a few drops

Ingredients for the Banana Caramel Base:

Ripe Banana – 2 mashed

Brown sugar – 1 tbsp (can also use regular white sugar, but would need to caramelize it longer)

Salt – a pinch (I always add salt to my desserts to cut the sweet, can avoid if you want)

Method:

  1.  Take mashed banana in a pan and add sugar to it and cook it for about 5 min till it gets cooked and slightly thick, and starts emitting a sweet caramelized smell. Add the salt at this stage.
  2. If you use white sugar or unripe banana, you may need to cook it longer, lets say 10min.
  3. Now put in a spoon of this mixture into the individual ramekins and spread it around till it covers the base evenly.
  4. Save some caramelized banana for topping.
  5. Now put in all the ingredients for the yogurt filling in a large bowl and mix well with a whisk, till it is smooth.
  6. Check the taste and adjust the condensed milk accordingly. It should not be too sweet, as the caramelized banana adds to the sweet too.
  7. Pour in this yogurt filling over the banana mixture in the ramekins, almost till the top.
  8. Now place these ramekins in a baking tray filled with water. The ramekins should be half immersed in water.
  9. Now place this tray in a preheated oven at 180° C and make for 15min. you can adjust the timing according to the size of the oven.
  10. The top of the yogurt basically slightly bulges and then sets, with it still being giggly when moved. Once this step is reached you can turn off the oven.
  11. Once the ramekins reach room temp, place them in the fridge for 1 hr, DO NOT FREEZE.
  12. Then top it with the remaining banana caramel mixture and serve.

 


 

NOTE:

  •  You can even double boil it on the stove, but in that case, you will have to cover the tops of the ramekins using cling film/aluminum foil, so that the top doesn’t get all soggy. And steam it till it is almost set yet giggly on the top; lets say 10min on medium flame.
  • You can even put the mixture into a large oven safe/heat proof dish and bake it, and scoop it and serve.

 Other variations of Baked Yogurt:

Plain Baked Yogurt :
  •  Bake without the banana caramel, and there you have it…plain Jane Vanilla Baked Yogurt
 Dulce de Leche/Caramel flavor :
  • Substitute 2 table spoon of the condensed milk with caramel syrup/toffee sauce in the yogurt filling and bake as mentioned above.

 

Feel free to play around with various flavors and see what you fancy. A few suggestions are, Strawberry compote, Kiwi Compote, chocolate sauce etc.

So go ahead, make it and eat it, and if you love it, lemme know 🙂

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