Friday, October 31, 2008

HHDD #23: Chai Spiced Yogurt

I am a yogurt fool. I have loved it pretty much since the first time I had a little supermarket-bought plastic tub. Since then, I’ve been going from brand to brand and type to type, discovering new and better varieties. A major high point (as would be for any yogurt lover I think) was trying Greek yogurt while working on a project in Greece. A creamier, more perfect yogurt I am hard pressed to find to this day. Although I am still a plain ride away from real Greek yogurt, I have come a long way since that first tub from the supermarket. I am happy to report that I have found two suppliers that sell wonderfully creamy natural yogurt – both from local dairy farms!

Aside from being a breakfast staple, baking ingredient, and quite the talented player in dips and dressings, yogurt also has the ability to comfort me during troubled times. Don’t get me wrong, chocolate is still number one in the fix-all department, but yogurt has its place in the medicine chest too. Whereas chocolate is more like a powerful happy-pill, yogurt is a soothing anaesthetic. It’s clean, fresh, light taste (and texture) is like a salve on my wounds...calming and quieting.

When the charming Bordeaux of Marita Says (love him and love his blog!) chose yogurt as the theme for this round of Hay Hay it’s Donna Day I was ecstatic! Flavor my own yogurt oh my! Many combinations went through my head and I had a few top choices planned but I, erm, missed the deadline :( Luckily Bordeaux (did you read my mind friend?) decided to extend here I am with Chai Spiced Yogurt!

I know! I already did Chai Spiced Oatmeal (sheepish grin). What can I say? When I love something, I really love it :) (and this most likely won’t be the last “chai-spiced” dish I make)

Chai Spiced Yogurt
You can find the original recipe for Donna’s Mint Yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cardamom pod, bashed a bit
  • 1/4 – 1/2 of a cinnamon stick
  • 1 peppercorn
  • A thumbnail-size piece of ginger, peeled and bashed a bit
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 cup chilled plain yogurt
  • 1 cup chilled cream
  • Pine nuts for topping

- Make the syrup by placing the honey and water, and all the spices in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until small bubbles appear on the side. Remove from heat and let it “steep” for about 15 minutes.
- Beat the yogurt and cream together until light and creamy.
- When the syrup has cooled, beat into the yogurt/cream mixture.
- Spoon into individual cups and sprinkle some pine nuts to top. If it’s not sweet enough for you, you can also top with more honey.

This certainly took yogurt up to the next creamy level! It was quite dessert-like and, aside from on its own, would also make a fabulous topping for cakes and tarts. The yogurt I used is already creamy, so I’ll be using less cream (probably half) the next time I make this.

This is Bordeaux’s second time to host HHDD...he is a two time winner! And he hosted this round while travelling with no kitchen access! Bravo Bordeaux!!! :) Thank you for choosing a fantastic theme! Thanks also to Bron of Bron Marshall for captaining the HHDD ship! And big thanks to Barbara of Winos and Foodies, the HHDD creator who we all love! :)


Manggy said...

Oh, I know exactly what you mean about how yogurt makes me feel invigorated. I love chocolate but there was a time I was working with it while eating the scraps and I felt kinda ill afterwards :/
I love the presentation-- very dainty!

Aran said...

i am a yogurt fool too! my favorite thing in the mornings, yogurt with fruit... and maybe a little sugar! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That can only be delicious! Yummy!



katrina said...

Chai cannot fail to comfort and warm, so I can just imagine how soothing that is! And you've styled it so very prettily, Joey! Who wouldn't want to wake up or end a meal with that sweet sight?

Shalum said...

Sounds perfect. I love chai tea, and yogurt too!:)

Thanks for sharing!

Lori said...

Sounds like a wonderful combination! I love thick, creamy yogurts. Unfortunately, they really like their yogurt thin in Brazil and often drink it. It is okay, but I prefer a heartier version.

Erin said...

Yum! I love yogurt as well as all things chai spiced.

Beautiful picture.

P said...

must must watch this vid. :-)

mtan said...

I like yogurt in indian food, to temper the heat of the dishes, especially in a raita. But never thought to incorporate the spice into the yogurt itself. Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I love the yogurt we have for breakfast in Finland. It's absolutely wonderful with a mix of berries.

Midge said...

Such a pretty way to present the yogurt, Joey! I love yogurt on its own, but this version would be perfect for topping slices of pound cake or lemon polenta!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Manggy! Thanks! I hardly get to use this tea set so I grabbed this chance :) I have eaten myself sick with chocolate when I was younger…I’m much more careful with its “power” now ;)

Hi Aran! Yes…such a wonderful way to start the day!

Hi Rosa! Thanks! :)

Hi Katrina! I love chai…which is why I like to use it’s spices in other ways I suppose :) I still have more ideas! I saved this kitschy-pretty tea set from a garage-sale fate when my mom moved houses! Maybe I should have a tea party so I can use it more often!

Hi Shalum! Glad you enjoyed the post!

Hi Lori! I love thick yogurt! I sometimes even strain my yogurt to make it even thicker! They have the drinking type here also though…

Hi Erin! Thank you! That’s something we definitely have in common :)

Hi P! Will check it out!

Hi M! Me too! When I have something even vaguely curry-ish at home I always get a splodge of yogurt to have with it. Even if I don’t have cucumber to make the raita, I just add some salt and olive oil to the yogurt and it’s a great dressing, maybe with some cumin for curries…chopped spring onions and cilantro for something a little more Asian :)

Hi Anonymous! That sounds delicious…would love to have yogurt with berries is they were more available (and cheaper!) here :)

Hi Midge! Thanks! Yes…I’m sure it would go great with those cakes!

Bordeaux said...

Oh Joey, you're the charmer, and a genius! This is incredible.

GollyGumDrops said...

There is nothing quite like yogurt in Greece. I love your presentation, it makes yogurt look so elegant!.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Mmmm greek yogurt. Gosh Joey, you've been so busy and I now have a lot to read and catch up on.

Well done on all your articles in great magazines!

Most importantly happy belated birthday. Hope you had a super day and a great year to follow. x

Belinda said...

Hi Joey! Wow...what a creative spin on yogurt! And is that a beautiful vintage teacup and saucer I spy? As always, I love visiting and catching up with your blog...I hope all has been well and happy with you since we last touched base. :-) I've really gotta start blogging again...I miss it, but once you stop for any length of time, for some reason its hard to build up enough momentum to jump back in properly. I think I may give it a shot though!

Erin said...

joey, I think we have a lot in common! Have you ever had chai spiced white "chocolate" truffles? I actually hate w.c., but it is fabulous enriched with chai.

Tartelette said...

This looks incredibly creamy and fresh!Yogurt is my staple every morning and every night for dessert with some roasted fruit.

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flower said...

This sounds amazing, Ive just discovered chai tea and I cant believe it took so long, I will have to try this

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Bordeaux!!! :)

Hi Gollygumdrops! You said it! The yogurt in Greece is the best! Thank you :)

Hi Amanda!!! So nice to “hear” from you :) Thank you for all your greetings and well wishes!

Hi Belinda!!! Thanks for popping in! Great to hear your “voice” again! :) This tea cup is part of a whole set that I saved from my mom’s garage sale! I’m so happy I did :) I’d love to see you blogging again but of course take your time and don’t get pressured!

Hi Erin! I think we must have a lot in common because I also don’t enjoy white chocolate! But flavoured with chai I can imagine could be good! :)

Hi Helene! Me too! I am having my breakfast yogurt right now as I type (just with honey this morning)!

Hi Flower! Thanks! Isn’t chai wonderful? :) I love how “warming” the aroma is :)

Anh said...

hm... yoghurt + cream + wonderful spices = yay for a new day!!! ;) I am loving this.

Lael said...

mmm, chai yogurt sounds so good. What a great idea for this recipe! Your picture is darling too.

Sophie said...

I've recently discovered how much tastier cakes can be when they include yogurt, it is a tasty ingredient :). I love how you've spiced up the yogurt!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anh! Glad you like it :) I did too!

Hi Lael! Thank you!

Hi Sophie! I like using yogurt in baking too...and cooking! It’s truly a fantastic food :)

Suzana said...

Oh Joey, that's a brilliant flavour mix, and a fantastic entry!

Rowena said...

Hi! I just found your blog and I love it. I love vegetables and I love yogurt but I only get mine from the supermarket. I hope you don't mind... Where do you get your organic vegetables and yogurt?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Suzana! Thank you! :) I love chai...but I guess that’s obvious :)

Hi Rowena! Thanks for your kind words :) Can you email me so I can respond with all the details? My email addy is on the sidebar...thanks!

Pille said...

Very tempted by this recipe, dear Joey!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Pille! Hope you get to try it...I'm sure you would enjoy it :)

Janna Renee said...

I'm getting out of my bed right now and going to make excited right now lol