How can I make fruit flavored yogurt at home?
I'm very interested in making yogurt at home...I've found lots of resources for making plain yogurt, both in a yogurt maker and by traditional methods. However, I am at loss when it comes to finding resources that show me how to make flavored yogurt at home (stirring fruit jam or jelly into plain yogurt just doesn't cut it for me). I enjoy Swiss style (AKA French style or custard style yogurt) with the fruit already mixed in.
Some of the best yogurt I've had is Amish made whole milk yogurt...it's quite thick (but not greek style) and it tends to come in a variety of flavors. It's not clear to me if they are making a plain yogurt base and then adding the fruit in after it's set, or if the fruit, sugar, pectin, etc. is getting added prior to the yogurt setting.
Can anyone give me advice on making this type of yogurt? I prefer black cherry, peach or strawberry flavors.
I kind of freaked out when Publix told me that Dannon had discontinued tart cherry yogurt, but then I bought a quart of plain lowfat yogurt and added a 5 oz bag of dried cherries, and after a couple of days they were totally plumped and out of this world. The cherries are sweetened when they're dried, and that's plenty to sweeten the yogurt. I slop a couple of big spoons on top of my morning granola, it's yummy.
Then I diced 3 oz of candied ginger and stirred it into a quart of yogurt. O.M.G.
The dried cherries idea sounds great. I also add jam to my yogurt sometimes, which does a pretty good approximation of fruit yogurt. Especially good if you have home made jam!