Crazy Easy Homemade Yogurt (Small Batch)

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Homemade Yogurt with Granola

I’d been wanting to make homemade yogurt for years.  After MUCH trial and error I finally figured it out (thanks to the One Good Thing by Jillee blog).  I took Jillee’s recipe plus comments posted under the recipe and I had the perfect recipe for me.  The only problem is that the end product was too sweet for me and there was too much of it. 
I needed a small batch of unsweetened yogurt.  Now I have it:

Homemade plain yogurt (Small Batch)
For this recipe you will need:
2 cups of non fat milk
½ cup powdered milk
2 tablespoons of yogurt with live and active yogurt cultures
Food thermometer
Microwave
1 clean, dry bath towel
Mix milk and powdered milk in a pan.   Heat to 180 degrees.  Remove milk from heat and allow it to cool to 110 degrees.  Whisk in yogurt.  Pour mixture into a container (I use a Ball canning jar).  Heat a cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes.  This step is to raise the temperature inside the microwave.  Wrap the milk jar in a towel and place it in the warm microwave.  Close the microwave door and leave it closed over night (or approx. 12 hours).  
Add powdered milk to regular milk
Heat Milk to 160 degrees
Cool the milk down

Use plain yogurt with Live and Active yogurt cultures


Wrap warm milk in a towel

Place towel wrapped container in the microwave overnight

In the morning it's ready to eat!



Banana’s Foster
1 medium ripe (not over ripe) banana – sliced
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon milk or soy milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
Cinnamon
Heat bananas and butter over medium heat until butter is melted.  Make sure that all bananas are coated with butter.  Sprinkle brown sugar on top of bananas.  Stir until the sugar is melted.  Add milk and remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla and salt.  Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Homemade Granola




There is ALWAYS granola in my house.  For this recipe I simply garnished with a handful of my standard peanut butter granola.  Here's the recipe.

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola


2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey or brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups rolled oats
Pinch of ginger (optional)
Pinch of allspice (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a saucepan or skillet melt butter, peanut butter and sugar.  Remove from heat.  Stir in cinnamon, salt, ginger, allspice and vanilla.  Stir in oats.  Make sure the oats are fully coated with the peanut butter mixture.
Spread oat and peanut butter mixture on a cookie sheet.  Bake until the edges are brown (about 20 minutes).  Remove from the oven and cool.
Break cooled granola into pieces.  Store in an air tight container.

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