Desperately seeking whitener coffee with yogurt
So, once again I forgot to buy milk.
Not yet jolted into the world of the living with my morning caffeine, I stare groggily and resentfully at the non-dairy creamer (n-dc) that I save for such lapses in sanity. I hate that background taste of cardboard and the faintly musty aroma that makes me think of milk left out until it turns to dust.
Then it occurs to me that yogurt is nothing but milk originally.
And there IS coffee-flavored yogurt, right?
While it wasnt great, it wasnt bad. In the past Ive tried and rejected
- real powdered milk doesnt blend well and has an off taste worse than n-dc
- milk in juice boxes looks fine, has an off-taste
- frozen milk yeah, just doesnt taste right
Dont know if Id do this again, but there wasnt any after taste and no yogurt tang. It just didnt give the full milky satisfaction or color.
I used Brown Cow cream on top yogurt. First I tried a cup with just the creamy top. It was a little too fatty. Not the same taste as cream in milk. The bottom part, without the fat worked better.
At first yogurt is like milk with cream on top, there are the little creamy lumps. Visually not appealing like a cow barfed in your cup especially hard to take early in the day. But then the little pieces dissolve and all is well. It still doesnt have the satisfaction of milk, theres a little less heft to it, but better than real milk in powdered, boxed or frozen form.
Dont use too much. Otherwise the coffee is like Orbitz, that discontinued soft drink with the little colored balls suspended in it. Hitting solid pieces of yogurt in the coffee is, well, creepy.
I wouldnt try this with a yogurt in gelatin form like Dannon. Maybe a shot of honey in the coffee with yogurt would make it closer to n-dc with its sweeteners to make it palatable.
So, there you are. The yogurt doesnt curdle and isnt tangy in coffee.
Many years ago I was able to drop the sugar from coffee and dont even like it sweetened anymore. However, I still need the milk.
Anyone have any other ideas for a substitute when theres no milk in the house?
The only other dairy thing in the fridge was cottage cheese and I KNEW that wouldnt work. IIRC, my drivers license won't let me behind the wheel without caffeine.
The winner for me was the evaporated milk. It doesn't have the funky taste or aroma of non dairy creamer, boxed milk, etc.
You are SO right about heating it up. It really did make the coffee taste like cafe au lait.
I also tried the condensed milk which was excellent too. It has a lot more calories, but I found that a heaping teaspoon of it gave the coffee a nice flavor without being overly sweet. And it led to the discovery of other uses for sweetened condensed milk.
My home-made 'afogato' ... coffee with a spoonfull of ice cream on top was the all time pleasure winner. Thanks again, Pat. I only tried vanilla so far, but am looking forward to experimenting with the other flavors mentioned here ... pistachio, chocolate, coffee, fudge ripple and cinamon gelato ... that sounds sooo good.
My two favorite food groups combined in one ... caffeine and ice cream .. I guess I could experiment with adding a third like liquor.
It really is a statisfying little dessert without scarfing down too much ice cream in one sitting.
I wonder why coffee shops don't put whipped cream on top of coffee like hot chocolate. It seems every other form of milk is used ... foam, steamed, cream, milk, hot, cold ... why not whipped? I wonder if creme fraiche or marscapone would be any good in coffee.
However, given all the calories, I'll be sticking to the emergency cans of evaporated milk. After my next shopping trip I'm tossing the non dairy creamer.
The only problem with evaporated milk is that it has stabilizers and preservatives in it though only two for the can of Carnation I bought. That's a lot better than the scary chemical list on non dairy creamers.
With condensed milk there is only milk and sugar, not preservatives. It seems that the sugar inhibits bacterial growth and is the whole reason behind condensed milk. Here's the whole history with a link to the difference between condensed and evaporated milk.
buy a small can! sweetened condensed milk is our emergency option, and we always have a few cans around for that purpose. i find that the first day's coffee is delicious and reminiscent of strong vietnamese coffee, but as we continue to use it the richness and fattiness and sweetness starts to overwhelm.
cinnamon gelato is really good in coffee. in fact, i think i'll have some now.
thanks for reporting on your yogurt experience. i wouldn't have thought to do that! i've had a similar experience with creme fraiche as you describe with the cream on top
I hate it when that happens, but now that I have a dog (and live in NY), the solution is always nearby since I have to walk the dog BEFORE coffee and can always stop into the Korean market (half and half handily located in fridge just inside door so can leave dog outside with my still holding the leash). But I love the idea of trying yogurt in a pinch.
excellent. btw i love vanilla ice cream in coffee. it's curious because i use skimmed milk normally to save on the calories of half and half but somehow the calories in vanilla ice cream are worth it.