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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

{Easy Summer Recipes} Homemade Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt (using Plums)


One of the many fun activities during my weekend grocery shopping while I was in US was strolling through the endless rows of products right from cereal to various kinds of sauces to fresh, exotic vegetables. Most of the times, I was on tight budget, so once the contents from my pre-made shopping list are in my cart, all I used to do was gape and make a mental note of stuff-I-want-to-buy-once-I-have-tons-of-dollars. You see, shopping frugally was never my cup of tea. I was desired for more. My sinister heart would coax me to buy much more than I wanted but my rational mind would stop me every single time!.

During such escapades, I discovered these down under yogurt cups from an australian company called Wallaby. I tried once and I was hooked. I never imagined fruit at bottom + yogurt on top can be such a delicious indulgence. From then onwards, I bought atleast 10 of these yogurt cups each week, on an average to eat one every day and rest of the three when I crave for more. This went on for couple of years until I moved out of Virginia in the summer of 2010.

..this was my favorite go-to-snack whenever I am low & need some pep up..and it always worked!
While in California, I did search for these, tried a few other fruit-at-bottom products but nothing came closer to the lusciousness of wallaby. I had to be content with flavored yogurts available at Trader Joes, like this one...


...I miss you Trader Joes...:-(
Now, after almost 2 years, on a whim I longed for my favorite indulgence. One night, I swear I even dreamed about these. Determined to make my dream a reality, I made some fruit-at-bottom-yogurt-jars today. The recipe is so darn simple and it came out perfectly in my very first try. Any combination of firm fruit can be used, if you want to refrigerate and use it over a week or so. I had few plums on hand, so I made of them for today's recipe. TH wants with strawberries next time around and off I am to get some berries tomorrow from our nearby fruit market. :-)

Enjoy..


...plums...oh..you..luscious plums..

..cornstarch water being added to cooked,mushy fruit..

plum compote... I have saved some for my toasted bread in tomorrow's breakfast..




{Recipe} Home-made Fruit (Plums) at Bottom Yogurt 

Adapted from Simple Bites

Ingredients:

4 plums, chopped into small pieces or any other fruit
1 tsp of water
1 tbsp honey (or sweeten with 1-2 tbsp of sugar)
a pinch of salt
2 tsp cornflour
2 tsp cold water
1 cup plain yogurt (preferably not sour) sweetened with 2 tsp or more honey (to taste)

Preparation:

1. Making fruit compote: In a small pan, heat very finely chopped plums (or any other fruit), honey (or sugar) and salt. Add a tsp of water and bring it to simmer on low heat, stirring every now and then. In a separate bowl, mix cornflour with cold water. Once the fruit mixture becomes a little mushy, add the cornstarch water. Let it simmer for 5 to 8 minutes on low heat, until it thickens. Remove from heat and cool completely.

2. Whisk plain yogurt/curd with honey. To assemble, add 2 spoons of fruit compote at the bottom and then top with yogurt. Refrigerate for at least 30 mins before serving.

Note: The amount of honey or sugar to be added to plums (or any other fruit especially tart ones) and yogurt can be varied according to taste. To add some crunch, top with granola which becomes a great option for breakfast or whenever you crave for something sweet. When refrigerated, covered this will stay fresh for 1 week (if it lasts that long!).





This is Recipe 19 for my The 100 Recipe Challenge for Year 2013. Check out the rest of the recipes posted so far...



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12 comments :

  1. I love eating yogurt with a big dollop of homemade jam. I really like the idea of serving it like this tough. It looks so beautiful.

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  2. I love this idea. I make it with strawberry chunks as my son loves it.

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  3. i had so many of these on my trip to aussieland and i know how u wud have dreamed of them! aaah ! and urs looks lovely! totally fresh

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  4. Siri I love flavored yogurts may be the one like this or any kind... I prefer flavored ones to plain!
    U have made it so perfect :)
    I m in love with ur Jar ;)

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  5. I love, love love, this!
    and the jar, oh the jar!
    I have never tasted a plum at the bottom yogurt, what a burst of color, I wish I could dig in.

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  6. wow wonderful yogurt.It looks so heavenly and so good to be true to make at home.got to try it fir sure.thanks for sharing this recipe siri.

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  7. bloody goodlooking! and i love plums.... preferably with fresh cream... but in the interest of my girth, this looks like a better option!

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  8. That looks so pretty! And I love plums!

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  9. woweeeeee ; summer splash indeed and yes the jar has my attention too :)

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  10. Yum! Such a great idea as store-bought ones can contain so much sugar!

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  11. this recipe looks simple yet stunning... i would love to give this to my lil one.. can i omit the cornstarch water in compote preparation as this is for my kid?

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    1. Hi Bhuvana,

      Cornstarch gives a nice jelly-like texture to the fruit compote. You can definitely omit that and make the recipe as-is.

      Siri

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