I've also had decent luck using it as a substitute for buttermilk. Plain nonfat yogurt mixed with a little water to thin it out to buttermilk consistency has worked pretty well for me in terms of flavor. It does produce a slightly less fluffy texture in baked goods, but adding a tiny bit more baking soda or whatever does help.
I have several cookbooks that are NOT meant to be "healthy" but use yogurt in cakes and quick breads, just because it tastes good and makes a nice texture. You can replace sour cream with it in almost any baked good and not notice the difference.
It's a little trickier in sauces and stove-top cooking. It it's not heated, it's fine, but you have to be gentle in heating it or it can "break"-- the liquid separates out and your sauce looks curdled. If you're using yogurt in cooking, add it at the very end and just cook until it's heated through. Try to avoid letting it boil.
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How interesting. I make a chicken enchilada dip that I could actually eat without guilt if I made it with yogurt instead of sour cream! This is great to know!
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This is good to know. I can replace yogurt with some other creams and see how it tastes. Thanks everyone.
3/28/11 6:20 A
You can also use unsweetened applesauce to take the place of oil in baked goods. Just use the same amount as called for in the recipe.
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3/27/11 9:21 P
look up the banana yogurt muffins on sparkrecipes, they are great.
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Yes- a lot of my favorite healthy cookbooks recommend it (biggest loser cookbooks, etc)-- for muffins, "cheesecake", brownies. it tastes good! I usually use nonfat vanilla or plain. the one thing to remember is to store the items in the refrigerator.
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I just made a batch of muffins with greek style yogurt and they turned out fab! Super moist
Yes thank you. I am going to be expiramenting to see if this will cut calories on cassarole dishes.
3/27/11 8:38 P
You sure can bake with yogurt!!! I do it all the time. I've never tried a cream sauce with yogurt before, but I sometimes use it in place of sour cream and I sometimes use yogurt (or apple sauce) instead of oil for bake mix boxes. I really like experimenting with food and I have yet to have a yogurt mishap! Hope this helped!
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