Have you ever made your own yoghurt? I didn't even know it was possible until I saw these EasiYo yoghurt makers in shops. I use a lot of yoghurt in baking, cooking or as a healthier dessert option. The lovely people at EasiYo Yoghurt sent me one of their yoghurt makers to review plus 2 delicious flavours - Greek yoghurt and Sweet Forest Fruits. You can have a chance to win your own yoghurt maker plus 2 flavours of your choice at the end of this post (UK participants only).
This is what you get in the box - Yoghurt maker, Jar and booklet (The yoghurt base and culture are sold separately). It's really simple and made perfect yoghurt that tasted just as good as the ones I usually buy.
Mix the contents of the yoghurt base & culture with cold drinking water in the jar up to the indicated line.
My verdict - It's really easy and simple to use. No fuss, no mess and a perfect result each time. It's probably worth investing if you consume a lot of yoghurt in your household and/or like making your own food. It tasted as good as any leading brand of yoghurt out there (for the flavours that I tested which were Greek yoghurt and sweet forest fruits) The downside for me is that 1 jar makes 1kg/1L of yoghurt which is a lot to consume if it's a small household. Plus if you buy yoghurt from the shops, you can buy a variety of flavours in small pots whereas you'd have to make 1L of each flavour at a time with this maker.
Apart from eating the yoghurt, I also chose to bake it into a cake - no surprises there! I chose a banana, blueberry and lemon cake as that was what I had in the fridge. I made up the recipe based on previous experience so it does require a little tweaking but overall I thought the cake was moist and delicious. My colleagues certainly approved as it disappeared really quickly!
This recipe made a large bundt cake as shown. I'd suggest halving the recipe if you want to make a small loaf. If you prefer a firmer cake, add more flour and/or reduce the amount of yoghurt.
2 teaspoons baking powder
300g Greek yoghurt
75g caster sugar
60mls vegetable oil
2 bananas, roughly mashed
zest of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons lemon juice
200g blueberries (coated in 2 teaspoons of flour)
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl.
- Add sugar and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the yoghurt, honey, vegetable oil, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice.
- Add in the mashed bananas.
- Add in the flour mixture and mix well.
- Finally stir in the blueberries that have been coated in flour.
- Pour into a bundt tin and bake for 45--50 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.