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Soya yogurt

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Yaourt au soja

I haven’t actually changed the way I eat a great deal since going vegan. Chickpeas, lentils, beans, whole grains and fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables still form the basis of my favourite dishes.

The main difference is probably that I’ve swapped the local ewe’s milk yogurt for home-made soya yogurt. It’s light, easy on the digestion, and makes a delicious dessert as well as a healthy addition to sauces and salad dressings.

In the photo above, it’s sweetened with redcurrant jelly and sprinkled with wheatgerm.

All you need to make this yogurt is soya milk and soya yogurt. What you don’t need is an electric yogurt maker. Even a thermometer is superfluous.

1 litre (35 fl oz) plain soya milk
2 tbs plain soya yogurt

Put the yogurt in a 2-3pt bowl and whisk.

Heat the milk gently in a non-stick saucepan. You should just be able to hold a finger in it for a few seconds before it feels too hot.

Pour a little of the warm milk onto the yogurt and whisk well. Add the rest of the milk, still whisking, then cover at once with cling film.

Wrap the bowl in an old bath towel, making sure to leave no gaps.

Leave for at least eight hours (overnight, for instance) at room temperature, remove the towel and put the yogurt in the fridge. It keeps well for one to two weeks.

You can use the last two tablespoons of yogurt for the next batch, but after five or six batches it’s best to start afresh with a bought yogurt. Otherwise the bacteria gradually lose their energy and the yogurt sets less well.