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Flavoring homemade yogurt

What are the best ways to flavor homemade yogurt? I like it to be sweet and fruity, but not as sweet as the commercial brands - too much for me! But I do like the idea of the entire yogurt being flavored by fruit purees instead of just fruit pieces in it. Should I use fruit jams? Jellies? Syrups? Or should I just puree fresh or frozen fruit and sweeten it another way? If so, what's the best way to sweeten that doe NOT involve honey? How should I add vanilla if that's the flavor I want? Thanks!

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vvvanessa added about 2 years ago

You can pretty much do any of the above. I have embellished yogurt with minced fruit, puréed fruit, and jam. A good alternative to honey is maple syrup or agave, but if you just sprinkle granulated sugar on it, it can sometimes lend a little crunchy texture to make it a little more interesting. If you have vanilla sugar, you can use that to add the vanilla flavoring, or you can add just a few drops at a time of vanilla extract until you get the flavor you are looking for. You could also use other extracts like lemon or almond, again very conservatively because they're so intense.

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Christine added about 2 years ago

Are you asking about actually making the yogurt with the flavoring in it while it ferments? Or adding flavoring afterward?

WannabeBaker added about 2 years ago

Well, I had assumed it would be after the yogurt's made, but if it would be better to flavor it while I'm making it, that works too!

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bigpan added about 2 years ago

Jam works fine. In the summer you can use fresh fruit when it is not so expensive.

Toni,Coon added about 2 years ago

I make yoghurt. Recently I sweetened it with homegrown Stevia- nice touch

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