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Hi all, I am thrilled to meet all of you through my blog after almost 2 months.  I am very thankful for those who enquired about my absence through email.  Yes I took a break for about 2 months.  My parents visited us and we had wonderful summer vacation with very memorable trips:) 

I really missed all your posts and also my blog very badly.  I hope you all will enjoy this dessert post after my looooooong break.

Creamy Vanilla Yogurt with Balsamic Strawberries -  I guarantee you will end up licking the bowl clean :):)


Creamy Vanilla Yogurt 
Ingredients :

Yogurt - 2cups
Heavy cream - 1/3 cup
Sugar  - 1/3 cups
Vanilla extract - 1/2 teaspoon 


Method :

1. Drain the yogurt in a cheese or muslin cloth. Keep a bowl underneath the tied cheese cloth to collect the extra liquid.
2. Keep the yogurt tied for an hour until the excess water is drained and then transfer to refrigerator for atleast 8 hrs or overnight. 
3. Next day the yogurt will become thick. Remove the thickened yogurt from the cloth and put it in a bowl.
4. Now whip the heavy cream with the sugar and Vanilla extract till soft peak is formed.
5. Add the thick yogurt to the whipped mixture.  Beat them using the egg beater softly until they are well blended.
6. Serve Chilled.

Enjoy the rich and creamy vanilla yogurt with your favorite fruits!!!

Note :

1.  Transfer the tied yogurt to the refrigerator immediately after the excess water is drained to avoid sour yogurt.
2. Try to use fresh yogurt for this recipe. The yogurt should not be very sour.


Balsamic Strawberries 
Ingredients :

Strawberries - 2 cups (quartered)
Brown sugar - 3 tbsp (Add 1/2 or 1 tbsp extra if the strawberry is very sour)
Balsamic vinegar - 1 Tablespoons
Vanilla bean - 1 Split lengthwise and seeds scraped

Method 1 : (stove top)

1. Place strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar, vanilla bean seeds and pod into a small saucepan.
2.  Simmer over low heat until the strawberries break down and the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. (Stirring occasionally)
3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
4. You can store this in refrigerator for a week and use as needed.

Method 2 : (oven)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 f.
2. Place strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar, vanilla bean seeds and pod into an oven proof glass tray or dish.
3. Let them cook in the oven until the strawberries break down and the mixture becomes thick and syrupy.
4. This approximately takes about 45 minutes to 1 hr stirring every 15 to 20 minutes.
5.Once the Balsamic strawberries are completely cooled, store them in the airtight container and refrigerate up to one week. 

Dessert Assembling :

1. Scoop the rich and creamy Vanilla Yogurt in a glass or bowl and serve with Balsamic Strawberries.

Enjoy the creamy and fruity goodness !!!

Anonymous –   – (August 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM)  

hey pavithra.....good to see you back. im a silent follower of your blog and was a bit worried when I din see any of your posts.

Really good to see you back.

Reva  – (August 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM)  

Welcome back Pavi.. U were indeed thoroughly missed and I missed your pics immensely..
Good that you enjoyed your 2 months of break. Now that you have come back with ... we can expect some wonderful colourful pics and recipes..:))
Perfect combination of yogurt with strawberries..:) Lovely..

sathya  – (August 9, 2012 at 10:42 PM)  

Welcome Back, glad you had great time with your parents! Vanilla yogurt with balsamic strawberries looks delicious!
Appetite Treats

Unknown  – (August 10, 2012 at 1:00 AM)  

Welcome back Pavithra, your clicks look very real. great recipe too

Do drop by my space & follow if u like

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (August 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM)  

Welcome back usual with great presentation and a yummy yogurt recipe from ur kitchen..looks super yummy: do visit my blog when u got time..missing ur encouraging words da:(

Unknown  – (August 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM)  

Haa..yes was wondering were have you been so long, welcome back :)

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