Baked Yogurt With Figs & Honey

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It was a happy day indeed!

My 16 month old nephew, Aviloo (his older brother calls him that, so we do too!), looked at a picture of me & said “Maasi” (maternal aunt in my native Gujarati)!! He has just about started talking & after saying “Mama”, “Papa”, “Bird”, & “Ball”… it’s “Maasi“! Of course Mimima (his grandmother & my mum), Nana (his grandfather & my dad) & Maasa (my husband) are extremely upset 😉


The best thing in the world is to have a sister! I’ve always wanted an older brother too, but I wouldn’t trade my sister for all the chocolate in the universe! She’s been my pillar, my all time-go-to, my best friend! So then the worst thing about having a sister is that it’s so very, very difficult if she lives far away from you! And especially if she has 2 little boys you love the most!

Her older son, Ahaan, is 3 & at that magical age when everything is about stories & questions & drama & discoveries & tantrums… a very entertaining age if you are the doting aunt waiting for daily updates about “What did Ahaan say / do today?” Not so sure if you are the Mom or Dad being constantly bombarded with Whys, Hows, Whats & of course the NOs!

And little Ahir or Aviloo who is in his own quiet way lighting up our lives with bright dimpled smiles, cuddles, squeals of delight & wonder at everything, wanting to explore, do things his brother does. When Nandini called to tell me he said “Maasi”, I was super excited & very moved. I haven’t been around the tot or spoken to him as much as I did with his brother & yet he called my name!

How I wish I was with them! I miss them so much!

Silly as it may sound, I wanted to make something to celebrate & also in a way bridge the geographical distance.

My sister, my brother-in-law & my nephews are vegetarian. She complains constantly that I don’t post enough vegetarian & egg-free dishes. So here is a dessert I have been meaning to try my hand at, using the one ingredient the boys can’t get enough of… Yogurt!

Since I am on a health trip & attempting to make desserts that are not only delicious but healthy too, I will not make this one an exception. Almost all the recipes I looked at needed condensed milk. Sneaking spoonfuls of sweet condensed milk & Nutella from the fridge late at night… is a very comforting childhood memory. I love it! And it’s been years since had some. But tempting as it was to use the real thing, I looked for a healthy substitute. I’m so proud of my restraint!

I decided to make condensed milk at home!I found a recipe that seemed the simplest & most hassle-free. And no, I did not substitute the sugar! That would be asking for too much! I just cut down the quantity of sugar 🙂

Ingredients for Condensed Milk

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons Instant Powdered Milk
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 3/4 cup Sugar 

Note: I thought 3/4 cups Sugar was too much so I used 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar + 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract. The next time, I may use 1/2 cup or less.

Method

  1. Mix the powdered milk & warm water in a bowl.
  2. Set the bowl in a pan of hot water & stir in sugar &  vanilla extract until dissolved.
  3. You may want to set it in the refrigerator or use it once it reaches room temperature.

This recipe makes 1 1/4 Cups

 I have adapted the following recipe from Meatless Monday’s Apricot Pistachio Baked Yogurt

Ingredients for Baked Yogurt

   

  • 2 cups Low Fat  Yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cup Home-made Condensed Milk
  • 2 Figs
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2-3 Cloves

Method

  1. Tightly bind the yogurt in a muslin cloth, place it on a sieve over a bowl & keep aside in the refrigerator for about 30-40 minutes.
  2. Once the water has drained out & the yogurt is thick & creamy, combine it with the condensed milk until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into a medium sized baking dish or individual ramekins & place in roasting pan filled with water & bake in a pre-heated oven for 30 minutes

  1. Meanwhile heat water with star anise, cloves & honey & add the figs.
  2. Turn the heat off after a few minutes & let the figs stew for a bit in the spice infused honeyed water.
  3. Pour the fruit over the baked yogurt & serve warm or chilled.

The boys will surely love this but I think I too, may have discovered one of my favourite non-chocolate desserts! It is light, creamy, a bit like caramel custard in texture. The star anise & cloves cut through the sweetness of the figs & honey & add another dimension to the flavour.

This recipe serves 4-6 people

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