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.
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 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)
- 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.
- If you use white sugar or unripe banana, you may need to cook it longer, lets say 10min.
- Now put in a spoon of this mixture into the individual ramekins and spread it around till it covers the base evenly.
- Save some caramelized banana for topping.
- Now put in all the ingredients for the yogurt filling in a large bowl and mix well with a whisk, till it is smooth.
- Check the taste and adjust the condensed milk accordingly. It should not be too sweet, as the caramelized banana adds to the sweet too.
- Pour in this yogurt filling over the banana mixture in the ramekins, almost till the top.
- Now place these ramekins in a baking tray filled with water. The ramekins should be half immersed in water.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the ramekins reach room temp, place them in the fridge for 1 hr, DO NOT FREEZE.
- Then top it with the remaining banana caramel mixture and serve.
- 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 🙂