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    Vanilla Yogurt (Homemade)

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    12 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    12 hrs

    princess buttercup's Note:

    I am submitting this as a recipe assuming you have made yogurt, have a yogurt maker or: there are several recipes here at 'Zaar describing "how to make" Yogurt. This makes a mild, smooth vanilla yogurt great plain, with fruit, cereals or grains. (time does not include chilling time)

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    • 4 cups milk (your choice whole-skim)
    • 1/2 cup powdered dry milk
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 4 -6 tablespoons sugar (Splenda or honey)
    • 1/2 cup yogurt starter (unflavored plain yogurt with active cultures)


    1. 1
      Set 1/2 yogurt starter out to warm to room temperature.
    2. 2
      Heat the milk to almost a boil.(I like to microwave in a glass bowl for 5 minutes on high then 2 minutes on medium). Cool the milk (to a "barely warm"/ babies bath temperature) (cool water bath works well). Add dry milk, vanilla and sweetener of your choice; stir well.
    3. 3
      Stir in yogurt starter (do not whip but mix very well!).
    4. 4
      "Cook" the yogurt using your preferred method and time (longer makes a firmer, more tart yogurt. I like to cook about 12 hours). Chill 4 hours before eating.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 18, 2011


      A simple, foolproof, delicious recipe. I often make it by substituting a tablespoonful of instant coffee for the vanilla. Minimum sweetener. You can use vanilla yogurt for a starter as well as plain. I find about 6 hours is long enough for "incubation."

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    • on July 26, 2009


      Great yogurt recipe! I use 2 Tbsp. white sugar and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar and the sweetness is perfect. I also use pure vanilla extract I got at Costco - nothing fancy but taste great. I incubate it for 12 hours and the tartness is just right. Thanks for this recipe!

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    • on January 18, 2005


      I used the 1T of vanilla and skipped the sugar/sweetener. I really liked the result. The yogurt definitely had a vanilla flavor and fragrance but wasn't overly sweet. I used the thermos method as in Homemade Yogurt to cook the yogurt. I agree 12 hours is a good cooking time resulting in a creamy not-quite-firm "pudding" texture. Delicious, princess buttercup.

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    Nutritional Facts for Vanilla Yogurt (Homemade)

    Serving Size: 1 (183 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 195.7
    Calories from Fat 79
    Total Fat 8.8 g
    Saturated Fat 5.4 g
    Cholesterol 33.1 mg
    Sodium 119.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 12.7 g
    Protein 8.1 g

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    yogurt starter

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