Total Time
12hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 12 hrs

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)

Ingredients Nutrition

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


  1. Set 1/2 yogurt starter out to warm to room temperature.
  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. Stir in yogurt starter (do not whip but mix very well!).
  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.


Most Helpful

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."

kuching June 18, 2011

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!

CLTroxel July 26, 2009

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 recipe #9955 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.

sugarpea January 18, 2005

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