Strawberry and Lemongrass Yogurt Pops

I recently got the itch to try to make my own yogurt. My mom made yogurt when I was growing up using one of these little 4 cup yogurt incubators that she got from turning in green stamps. Do you remember green stamps? I think it’s been years since I thought about those. I doubt they even exist anymore with the advent of things like super saver cards and credit card miles. It was one of my jobs to lick the stamps and paste them into the little book to turn in. Blech. But I always got to pick out something when we went to the little green stamps store, and that was fun.

So, back to the yogurt story… I was at the market, and they had raw goats milk and I decided that would make an interesting yogurt. My daughter and I have on again/off again lactose issues… not sure what triggers it, so I try to use goat’s milk when I can.

I haven’t made yogurt before, nor have I worked with raw milk. I know that there can be issues with it, but I got it from Whole Foods, so I decided it would probably be ok. After a bit of looking around, I found this site with straight forward instructions, including directions specific to using raw milk (which turns out, really aren’t any different than using pasteurized milk).

Making the yogurt is super easy:

  • Heat the milk the milk to 115F
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of yogurt as a starter
  • Put in sterilized container
  • Incubate for about 8 hours
  • Move to the refrigerator

You can incubate without a special device. Just put the container in a small cooler and cover it with a heating pad set on high.

homemade goat's milk yogurt

Because I used raw goats milk, mine yogurt was quite runny… like traditional European yogurt. Runny, and quite good. And perfect to make a version of the gorgeous yogurt pops that graced the cover of the January Australian Vogue Travel & Entertainment.

I ended up combining two different recipes for my pops… the berry yogurt ice blocks and the strawberry rhubarb almond yogurt ice pops (page 67). But, I had some lemongrass left over (from making Lemongrass Coolers… recently featured on Well Fed network’s Spirited World), and rather than rhubarb/almond, I decided to make spice up the yogurt with vanilla and lemongrass simple syrup.

yogurt pops

Strawberry and Lemongrass Yogurt Pops
(makes 8 or more, depending on glass size)

1 pint of strawberries
2 T caster sugar
1 lemon
1/4 cup lemongrass syrup
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup yogurt
2 t vanilla
2 T honey
popsicle sticks

Warm the berries, the juice of the lemon and the sugar to start releasing their fragrance over a medium low heat, mashing with the back of a spoon as you go. They should start giving up beautiful thick juice. Keep working them for about 5 or 8 minutes, and then take the mixture and push it all through a fine sieve into a bowl. Mash through as much as possible. You’ll probably still end up with a lot of strawberry mush left in the sieve.

Pour the juice (not the mush) into tall narrow glasses, filling them about 1/4 of the way up. Small glasses work best. Don’t use full sized drinking glasses! They will be way too big of popsicles. The smallest juice glasses you have, or tall narrow shot glasses are best. Let the strawberry juice drip down the sides a bit… it adds a nice color.

Put the glasses with juice into the freezer, upright. They don’t have to be completely straight, but you don’t want the strawberry to spill out.

While those are freezing, warm up the yogurt, evaporated milk, and honey stirring until the honey is incorporated. Add the vanilla and lemongrass syrup. Taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you, and add more honey as needed. Then, cover the pot, remove it from heat and let it cool at room temperature for about 20 minutes, and then in the refrigerator for another 15 or so.

Once it’s cool, fill the glasses with strawberries to the top, and put them back in the refrigerator. This time, do try to make them as level as possible. After about 30 minutes to an hour, they should be firm enough to push in the popsicle sticks and have them remain in place.

If you have leftover yogurt, pour it into an cool ice cube tray, like the stars one that I used here, and freeze. You can use these for… um… ok. I’m not really sure what you use them for. But, they are kind of cool for photographing. Or, maybe, throw them into some rootbeer for a new type of float? (Haven’t tried this yet… but I think it would work).

yogurt pops

Freeze overnight. To serve, you’ll need to set the glasses out for about 10 minutes to loosen from the glass, and they should slide out.

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  • http://www.beaskitchen.com/blog Bea at La Tartine Gourmande

    Yum, this is so much what I am in the mood to making these days. I was actually looking at making sorbet 😉 Lovely pics!

  • http://www.roboticgourmand.com jason

    i’ve had a love affair with lemongrass for a few years now, after first experiencing it in a chinese dish when i lived in tampa. i’ll have to give this recipe a whirl.

    also, i remember green stamps as well. and i will agree on the licking them part, nasty!

  • http://www.gastrochick.com gastrochick

    Just came across your blog and have to say I am mightily impressed.

    I’ve never tried to make yoghurt before however your recipe has inspired me.

  • http://nookbistro.blogspot.com shaz

    im sure the combination of the strwaberries and lemongrass is awesome. Good thinking!

  • http://www.makingfoodeatingfood.blogspot.com/ iamchanelle

    i am trying very hard not to lick my computer screen…wow, those look so great! beautiful pics.

    as for the yoghurt “ice cubes” – perhaps place them over a bowl of fresh fruit slices or granola for breakfast?

  • http://www.dessertfirst.typepad.com Anita

    I am so glad I found your website. That is a beautiful shot of the pops and they sound delicious. I will definitely be coming back to this site and your other one to learn more about food photography!

  • http://www.ablithepalate.com cath

    I just found your website — My God these look amazing. Your photos are just gorgeous!

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Thanks everyone!

    Bea – yes, your strawberry dishes helped inspire!

    Jason – I love savory dishes with lemongrass, but it’s spring and I’ve been all about the light refreshing desserts… it’s a great match for that.

    gastrochick – Thanks for coming by!

    Shaz – it’s quite delightful. Thanks!

    Chanelle – :-) Thank you! And good idea on the fruit slices. I think that would go nicely.

    Anita- Thanks for stopping by!

    Cath – Thanks!

  • http://www.deliciousdays.com Nicole

    I tried something similar with (store-bought) Greek yogurt and raspberries last summer, but using lemongrass is a wonderful idea! One question about the glasses, weren’t you worried, the glasses might burst inside the freezer?

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Hi Nicole – these would be great with fresh raspberries too… might try that next time. On the glasses, I admit, I was a bit nervous. But, I did use fairly thick glasses, and the original recipe in Australian Vogue T&E didn’t give any warnings so I thought I’d give it a go. They turned out fine, so I don’t think it’s a problem. I don’t know if I’d want to do it in a wine glass… but a typical drinking glass (small one) seems to work well.

  • http://maegabriel.com/riceandnoodles mae

    The combination sounds delicious! I’m a big fan of lemongrass so this would be a definite hit. I wonder if i can find the lemongrass syrup though…

    Btw, thanks for your comment on my site and am so glad i found yours. I’ll be visiting often! Also, i’ll add you to my links…

  • http://www.fancytoast.blogspot.com Erielle

    That would be funny if you used regular drinking glasses. The popsicles would be huge!
    I will definitely try making these soon (in small glasses, I suppose). Your photos are beautiful and this new (to me) flavor combination makes my mouth water with curiosity. Can’t wait!

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Thanks Mae! I just made my own lemongrass simple syrup… recipe is here: http://cookandeat.com/2006/04/29/strawberry-and-lemongrass-yogurt-pops/

    Erielle – yes, they would be enough for 4 people! Thanks so much for your kind comments and visit!

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  • Camille Martin

    Thank you for the recipe! I have some goats hopefully coming next week. I cant wait to try this!