10 Ways to Turn Yogurt into Dessert

10 Ways to Turn Yogurt into Dessert

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Sheela Fiorenzo
Apr 24, 2018
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Among the staples in my refrigerator, a tub of yogurt ranks high. Not only do I reach for it every morning at breakfast, but I also find myself tossing it into my chicken salad for lunch, dolloping it on my soup for dinner, and most definitely incorporating it into my dessert.

Bake it into a cake or freeze it into Popsicles — however it's used, it's a winning ingredient. Here are 10 recipes that prove it.

1. One-Bowl Yogurt and Honey Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil and a bit of fresh thyme add a wonderful savory note that balances out the honey in this Mediterranean-inspired cake. Top slices with fresh fruit and an extra dollop of yogurt for good measure.

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2. Strawberry and Pistachio Frozen Yogurt Bark

This bark is really just sweetened Greek yogurt that's been spread out on a sheet pan, sprinkled with dried fruit and nuts, and frozen. That means it's ripe for experimentation: Feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon or another sweet spice, or swap in other dried fruit and nuts.

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3. One-Bowl Vanilla Cake with Yogurt Buttercream

Adding a few spoonfuls of yogurt to buttercream not only gives it some flavorful tang, but it also adds moisture to the delicate cake.

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4. Frozen Yogurt Pie with Boozy Blueberries

A few tubs of your favorite vanilla frozen yogurt become a dinner party-worthy dessert when spread into a store-bought graham cracker crust and topped with Grand Marnier-spiked blueberries.

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5. Whipped Yogurt with Apples and Walnuts

Whip together Greek yogurt, a splash of heavy cream, and a drizzle of honey and the result is a simple, velvety dessert that could just as easily make a luxe breakfast.

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6. Honeyed Phyllo Stacks with Pistachios, Spiced Fruit & Yogurt

These elegant stacks are reminiscent of baklava, with the added bonus of dried fruit and lemon-scented yogurt. All the components can be made a few days ahead of time so all you really need to do at dessert time is just assemble them.

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7. Chocolate Yogurt Ombré Popsicles

Simply dividing Greek yogurt and adding different quantities of cocoa powder is the secret to creating this eye-catching ombré effect for these creamy popsicles.

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8. Apple Yogurt Cake with Cinnamon-Sugar Streak

This lightly sweetened cake is so moist that it's almost like a bread pudding. That also means it keeps well for days, so definitely save leftovers for breakfast and snacking.

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9. No-Bake Sheet Pan Lemon Yogurt Tart

This sweet and tangy no-bake tart serves a whopping 2o to 24 people, so this is the perfect treat to break out when you're feeding a crowd.

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10. How To Make Frozen Yogurt: The Simplest, Easiest Method

Make sure you reach for whole-milk yogurt when making homemade frozen yogurt. The extra fat is crucial to a creamy product with no ice crystals.

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