Thursday, June 7, 2012

Experimenting with Yogurt

Sponsored by Nuffnang

Apart from chocolate, blueberries, grapes and chicken (!?), one food I can never get enough of is yogurt. Luckily, the folks over at Nuffnang and Yoplait were nice enough to indulge me, and so I ended up with more tubs of delicious yogurt than I needed, or even knew what to do with. 

They've released a new, reformulated range of flavours, so of course I had to try as many as I could get my hands on. There's vanilla, strawberry, mango, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, peach, apple & cinnamon, citrus and mixed berry. The selection at my local store was limited, but nevertheless, I ended up with two of the six-pack sets and a few 1kg tubs. Isn't the packaging gorgeous?

Yoplait Vanilla (1 kg)
Clockwise from top left: Apple & Cinnamon, Vanilla, Citrus, Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry

The Dessert Twists set contains apple & cinnamon, vanilla and citrus flavours, while the Dark Berries set contains blueberry, raspberry and blackberry flavours.

Yoplait Blueberry 
I dug into a few tubs straight away (adding extra blueberries to the blueberry tub for good measure), and decided that vanilla and blueberry are my favourites, although that revelation probably isn't a big surprise. They're both simple and satisfying flavours, but I must say, all the new formulation as a whole was a little too sweet for me, regardless of the variety. 

Do you know what's perfect for sweet yogurt? Frozen yogurt.

Frozen Yogurt

Don't judge me, I couldn't find any popicle sticks at the local supermarket, so plastic spoons would have to do. Mind you, I wasn't even sure that the yogurt would come out nicely, so in the case you needed to dig out the delicious treat out of the plastic container, at least there would be a spoon handy.

I needn't have worried of course, because everything turned out as it should.

Frozen Yogurt
As luck would have it, I was grateful for my stash of yogurt a few days later. I'd intended to make cheesecake brownies, and had neglected to buy cream. Rookie mistake. Then I began wondering if substituting vanilla yogurt would work instead. I made a few alterations to the recipe; increased the amount of cream cheese and cut down the sugar, and the end result was a beautiful marriage of desserts. The extra vanilla flavour definitely added to the richness of the cheesecake, and indeed, the sweetness of the yogurt means I can cut down on the sugar even further for the next batch.

Cheesecake Brownies
Here's my adapted recipe, but whoever came up with the idea in the first place is a genius. There are ideas of 'ice-cream' sandwiches floating around my head; giant chocolate chunk cookies with frozen yogurt stuffing. The weather in Melbourne hasn't been very inspirational at the moment. Still, I don't think it'll be too long before I have a go at seeing I can create something delicious with yogurt again. 

So, have you guys tried the new Yoplait and what do you think? What about other recipes to try?