Yogurt is a popular ingredient used in a wide variety of dishes and cuisines. Sometimes, it’s also used as a substitute in recipes for things like sour cream and other similar tart agents. However, because yogurt contains live bacteria cultures, it can sometimes be finicky to handle.
One problem with yogurt is that it’s very sensitive to changes in temperature. For example, did you know that once chilled yogurt is taken outside the fridge and allowed to warm up to room temperature, all of its live bacteria (which provides all of its valuable health benefits) quickly die? With our perpetually warm weather, it’s easy to waste and ruin the yogurt we buy without us even realizing it.
EasiYo, a New Zealand-based yogurt brand, believes there’s a better way for consumers to enjoy their yogurt. They encourage yogurt lovers to make yogurt fresh instead of purchasing the chilled variety. This DIY system ensures that the yogurt is at its freshest state when it is consumed. This means that the fresh yogurt has a higher probiotic count (that’s what they call the good bacteria).
Probiotics help maintain balance in your gut, ensuring good digestion and immunity from certain ailments. Since we know these bacteria die swiftly when exposed to heat (and if you live in the Philippines, you know it’s always hot everywhere), it’s best to consume the food that contains them as close as possible to when it’s made.
Now, you might be wondering how it’s even possible to culture fresh yogurt from the comforts of your own home. It’s simple, EasiYo has this simple non-electric machine that helps you make the yogurt. It’s pretty cool. What’s great about it is that you can make up to a full kilogram of yogurt per batch. It’s also highly portable. You can take this yogurt maker anywhere you want, the beach, on a boat, to the movies–just in case any yogurt-related emergencies pop up while you’re away.
EasiYo is available in the following supermarkets: SM, Rustan’s, Shopwise, Landmark, Cash and Carry, Makati Supermarket, Robinsons, Unimart, and Pioneer Center. Once you’ve bought it, here’s how to use it:
Half-fill the yogurt jar with cool drinking water. Thoroughly mix in the contents of the yogurt sachet. You can also add 2 to 4 tablespoons of sugar to sweeten it up, if you want. Top up the container with more cool water. Replace the lid and shake.
Push the baffle down inside the yogurt maker as far as it will go, then pour boiling water into the yogurt maker. Make sure that it reaches the top of the internal baffle only. Otherwise, you’ll ruin the entire batch.
Place the jar inside. The boiling water will rise up around the base of the jar. Put the lid on the yogurt maker.
Now you have to be patient about this. Leave the yogurt maker for 8-12 hours until the yogurt is set. It should look like taho, but we swear it’s yogurt. Once it has achieved that taho-like consistency, you can store the yogurt jar in the refrigerator.
EasiYo is usually served chilled with your choice of toppings. It’s also a great low-calorie alternative to milk, cream, sour cream, even mayonnaise.
In the recipe below, we’re using the EasiYo yogurt in place of cream cheese or ricotta to make our Vanilla Yogurt Tiramisu.
We love EasiYo’s Vanilla Yogurt in this recipe. It works really well and it’s pretty darn tasty, too. It mimics the taste of vanilla ice cream mixed with a hint of the yogurt tang. The yogurt alone has a balanced flavor, not too sweet, but not too tangy. It was perfect to play around with for this dessert.
The cocoa and the coffee work well with the yogurt, and just like a regular tiramisu, it was really decadent but light. Plus, the fact that we used yogurt made us feel a little less guilty about indulging our sweet tooth. I mean, hey, it’s packed with all those good probiotics, right? Strengthening our immunity and improving our digestive systems have never been this delicious.
Vanilla Yogurt Tiramisu
Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes / Yield: 4 servings
- 1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee, hot (2 ½ heaping tbsp of powdered coffee and ½ cup hot water)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cups Easiyo Vanilla yogurt
- 18 ladyfingers or Broas Cookies
- Cocoa powder, for dusting
- In a bowl, combine the coffee, cocoa powder, and 1/4 cup of sugar with a whisk. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whip the cream with the remaining sugar until stiff peaks form.
- With a spatula, mix in yogurt into the cream.
- Quickly dip the cookies into the coffee mixture to soak them. Layer the cookies and yogurt, alternating each until the glass is filled.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
- Dust with remaining cocoa powder before serving.
Pepper.ph is giving away EasiYo Yogurt Makers to five lucky readers!
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- In the comments section below, tell us what recipe you would make with EasiYo Yogurt.
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- Contest is only open to residents of the Philippines.
- The top five most creative answers will win an EasiYo Machine (that comes with a pack of yogurt) each.
- Winners will be announced next Tuesday, July 30, 2013.