William Sonoma's Greek Yogurt With Pears and Honey

Total Time
24hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 24 hrs

Greek yogurt (yiaourti) is thicker and creamier than the variety commonly found in U.S. markets. In Greece, yogurt is a much-used ingredient in many recipes and a favorite treat spooned from the bowl with honey or nuts. Traditionally made with sheeps milk, Greek yogurt is easy to prepare at home using cow's milk. The yogurt is always strained to remove excess moisture, producing a luscious, creamy texture.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 14 cups milk
  • 5 ounces dried yogurt starter
  • 2 pears, peeled and sliced
  • 14 cup roughly chopped toasted nuts (pistachios walnuts or almonds)
  • 4 tablespoons honey


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk, stirring occasionally, until it registers 160°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  2. Transfer the milk to a large bowl with a pouring spout and let cool to lukewarm.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of the milk into a small bowl and whisk in the yogurt starter. Whisk the starter mixture into the large bowl of milk, making sure to incorporate all of the starter.
  4. Pour the milk into yogurt jars, dividing evenly, and place in a yogurt maker.
  5. Process for 13 hours according to the manufacturers instructions.
  6. Line a fine-mesh sieve with coffee filters or 4 layers of cheesecloth and place over a bowl.
  7. Pour the yogurt into the sieve and cover with plastic wrap.
  8. Refrigerate until the yogurt is thick, at least 8 hours.
  9. Transfer the drained yogurt to a clean bowl and stir until smooth.
  10. If the yogurt is too thick, like cream cheese, whisk a little of the strained liquid (the whey) back into the yogurt.
  11. To serve, divide the yogurt among 4 shallow bowls. Top with the pears and nuts and drizzle with the honey.
Most Helpful

Tasty! I may have been raving more if I had made the yogurt part. I used thick 3 % yogurt that is closer to Greek yogurt than many. I toasted chopped walnuts in a dry pan and used local raw honey. Had for a pretty healthy breakfast which DD1 (4 years) liked as well. I would make this again although I'm not sure I'd make the yogurt part.

UmmBinat January 28, 2012

I cheated and purchased Fage Greek yogurt, it was perfect & very thick, no need to start from scratch and get the benefit of this fabulous dessert. I will be making this a lot. The perfect ending to any meal. It was beautiful as well as delicious. It's light with just the right amount of sweetness. Thanks KellyMac6!

Chicagoland Chef du Jour February 13, 2011

This recipe was delicious! I didn't know what to expect when I started this, and it was an adventure for me as I had never made fresh yogurt before. The end result was amazing! made for Potluck tag 2010.

AcadiaTwo May 13, 2010