Tuesday, 27 October 2015

EasiYo Yogurt Maker


EasiYo, homemade yogurt, yogurt recipes

Have you ever had a food craving that only appears when you don't have that particular food around? Yogurt is one of them for me, and because it expires quickly, it's not something I can keep in the cupboard. I can always go to the shops I guess, but it feels like a chore just for a pot of yogurt!

I have heard of EasiYo Yogurt Maker before, which I thought can be very handy because you can keep the packets in the cupboard, and it only takes around 6-8 hours to make so you can make it in the morning and have it on the same day, or overnight for the next morning. But I wasn't sure if it was worth getting as each brand's yogurt taste different, and I only like a few.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the improved EasiYo Yogurt Maker, and they have also sent me 2 Yogurt packs to try. As each packet makes a kilo of yogurt, I ended up using the yogurt to make something else too, which are all quick to whip up, making the EasiYo Yogurt Maker a very handy maker to have. If you are planning to go camping for example, you can easily whip up a healthy breakfast and satisfying cake!


EasiYo, homemade yogurt, yogurt recipes

EasiYo, homemade yogurt, yogurt recipes

The new improved design EasiYo Red Yogurt Maker (RRP £15.95) comes with the yogurt maker and a 1kg yogurt jar. You can also get the starter pack that comes with 3 packets of yogurt mix for RRP £18.99. The EasiYo website is currently having a sale too so you can get them cheaper.

We were sent the Vanilla and Forest Fruits yogurt mix to try, but they have a lot of other different flavours on offer as well, some come with fruit bits, others are a mix of yogurt and cream, all sounds really yummy!

The EasiYo Yogurt Maker is super easy to use. The maker itself is like a thermo pot, and it keeps the yogurt jar warm inside to let the good bacteria grow. We tried the Forest Fruits yogurt mix here.


EasiYo, homemade yogurt, yogurt recipes
Simply mix the yogurt mix with water (detailed instruction can be found on the yogurt mix packets) in the jar, give it a good shake, top up the rest of the jar with more water, shake some more, and then place the sealed jar inside the hot water filled (to the red jar holder inside the maker) maker. Close the lid and it'll set in 6 to 8 hours (depending on how cold it is in the room). I let it sit in the kitchen overnight and it was a solid set.

Once it is set, refrigerate the yogurt jar (not the maker!) and it'll be ready to serve.


EasiYo, homemade yogurt, yogurt recipes

When you open the jar, there is a layer of dried up bubbles at the top. It is the natural whey protein, so you can stir it back into the yogurt and eat it, but I find it gritty so discarded that and revealed the smooth and really creamy yogurt below. The texture is like a creamy milk pudding, but it gets softer when stirred.

The Forest Fruit yogurt is delicious, with the right amount of sweetness and tartness. I'm pleasantly surprised! The only thing is that I now have a kilo worth of yogurt! So...


EasiYo, homemade yogurt, yogurt bowl
Left: Yogurt with Chia Seeds
Right: Yogurt Breakfast Bowl with Chia Seeds, Walnuts, Almonds and Banana Chips
EasiYo, homemade yogurt, yogurt cake
Yogurt Cake
I first ate it with chia seeds, which is really nice. Then I thought that, with so much yogurt, it'll be perfect for people who love a yogurt bowl for breakfast! The banana chips made the yogurt extra yummy!

But because the children prefer their kiddy yogurts, I still have a lot of yogurt left, so I made this super easy Yogurt Cake. It really is the easiest cake out there to make, and although the cake is dense (I didn't bother folding the flour so have increased the elasticity) and slightly chewier than normal sponge or pound cake, it's a moist and delicious cake with a crispy crust that we really like. The point is that it's so easy to make, you can whip it up within an hour and get munching!

Make 1 Loaf:

Ingredients:

125g Yogurt (ideally unsweetened)
62.5g Vegetable Oil
250g Sugar (I used 190g as the Forest Fruits yogurt is already sweetened)
3 Eggs
Vanilla Essence (I didn't add this because the Forest Fruits smells gorgeous enough)
250g Self Raising Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder

- Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius, and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

- Mix all the ingredients together except the flour and baking powder, then sieve and fold the flour and powder into the wet mixture. You can simply whisk everything together, but the cake will become a bit tougher.

- Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes until golden and well risen. A skewer should come out clean after inserting it into the cake (try a few different areas, especially under the crack).

- Once cooled enough (it's nicer when fresh), you can simply eat it on its own or with topping (dip it into yogurt perhaps?)


There is a lot more you can do with yogurt, especially for summer desserts. Come to think of it, yogurt aren't really cheap in the shops if you compare to approximately £2.50 for a kilo of fresh EasiYo yogurt. And since there is so much you can do with it, even if you aren't a yogurt bowl lover, I'm sure it'll be gone in no time (it can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge). Now I can stock up on different flavour yogurt without worrying about them expiring too soon!