Caramelised Yoghurt Cream

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This Caramelised Yoghurt Cream deserves a place on any dessert table. For a start, the ease and simplicity of its preparation make it very attractive. There are just three ingredients and there is no cooking. Do I have your attention by now? When I first tried this recipe many years ago, I was sceptical that the end result would amount to much. I was wrong! This is a delicious dessert, and the fact that it is so easy to prepare makes it a winner.

Despite the ease of preparation, this is not a whip-it-up at the last moment recipe.

You do need to plan for this dessert as the yoghurt is first strained overnight, or for a minimum of 6 hours. I prefer to use Greek yoghurt as it is deliciously rich and creamy. Greek yoghurt differs from regular yoghurt in that it has already been strained to remove some of the whey.

After straining the yoghurt, I add some whipped cream and gently fold the two together. I then turn the mixture into a serving bowl and top with light brown sugar. After a short time, the acidity in the yoghurt causes the brown sugar to melt, forming a delicious, caramel flavoured topping.

I don’t even think of this dish with the negative connotation that the word “dessert” sometimes evokes.  The main ingredient, being yoghurt, almost allows me to feel that it is a health food, and I generally serve it with fruit, so that’s a good thing too, right?  The yoghurt becomes slightly decadent by the addition of whipped cream. Or perhaps the whipped cream becomes healthier with the addition of yoghurt? Hmmm.  Food for thought.

There are many ways in which to serve this delicious yoghurt cream.

I frequently serve it with berries. It is also delicious served with a slice of cake, grilled figs, poached peaches, apricots, or my Brandied Oranges. In fact, you could almost serve it any time you would serve whipped cream.

I think you will like this quickly and easily made recipe. Please let me know in the comments below if you do.

Alex xx

Caramelised Yoghurt Cream

This may be the easiest dessert you will ever make. There are many ways in which to enjoy my easily prepared Caramelised Yoghurt Cream. Use it as a dessert with fruit on the side, or serve it, as you would cream, with a slice of cake. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: caramel, caramelised, cream, delicious, dessert, easy, simple, yoghurt
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Draining and Sugar Melting: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 1 kg full-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 200 ml thickened cream *
  • 4 tbsp soft brown sugar


  • Line a fine-meshed sieve with dampened cheesecloth*. Place the sieve over a medium-sized bowl.
    Turn the yoghurt into the cheesecloth. Fold over the edges of the cheesecloth to cover the yoghurt.
    Place the bowl, sieve and yoghurt into the refrigerator and strain for a minimum of 6 hours.*
  • Turn the strained yoghurt into a medium-sized bowl*.
    Using hand-held electric beaters or a whisk, whip the cream to soft peaks*.
  • Using a large rubber spatula or a large spoon, gently fold 1/3 of the cream through the yoghurt to slacken it a little. This makes it easier to fold in the remaining cream.
    Fold through another 1/3 of the cream, and then the final 1/3.
  • Place the combined cream and yoghurt into a wide, shallow bowl or into individual serving bowls.*
  • Smooth the top as evenly as possible and sprinkle generously with soft brown sugar, covering the yoghurt and cream mixture as much as possible. Add more sugar if necessary.
    Place the bowl in the refrigerator.
  • The sugar will take about 2 hours to completely melt.
    Serve the yoghurt cream with berries, poached fruit, grilled figs or alongside a plain cake.


*Australian thickened cream is also known as whipping cream and contains 35% milk fat.
*The Australian tablespoon is 20ml (4 tsps). In many other countries, a tablespoon is 15ml.
The amount of sugar required will depend on the diameter of the bowl that you use. It is important to use a wide, shallow bowl to have as much caramelised surface as possible.
*On occasion, when I don’t have cheesecloth, I have used a clean, white linen, table napkin.
*I generally set the strained yoghurt, whilst still in the sieve, aside and drain the whey from the bowl. Then, to save washing up, I turn the strained yoghurt back into the same bowl.
*You can drink the whey instead of discarding it, it is full of probiotics. If you find the flavour not to your taste, add it to a smoothie, use it when making pancakes or as part of a marinade for chicken or meat.
*Do not over whip the cream. Just whip to gentle, soft peaks. If it’s too stiff it will be difficult to fold into the yoghurt.
*When folding one ingredient into another, you want to avoid knocking out too much air. I like to use a large rubber spatula but a large metal spoon is also ideal. The lighter mixture, in this case cream, is added to the heavier mixture. I start by adding 1/3 of the cream to slacken the yoghurt. Run the spatula, or spoon, around the side of the bowl and then along the base. Fold the mixture over onto itself. Give the bowl a quarter turn and repeat the technique until the cream is folded in. Fold in the remaining 2/3 of the cream, repeating the method for folding, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 220mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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244 Comments on “Caramelised Yoghurt Cream”

  1. I am following this blog for a very long time and I must say, its really not complicated.

    My partner just tried this cream, and it taste good man (I was scared though)

  2. Your site is awesome! Adding it to my bookmarks and this recipe looks amazing, thanks for sharing, I look forward to trying out the things you are sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    It looks so yummy..! It’s looks similar to a Filipino delicacy ‘Leche Flan’,just different in shape.

  4. I like the way it looks and I am sure it tasted delish too. Sounds like a good treat with the fruit on the side, for a dessert like you suggested.

  5. I think using it as a dessert with fruit on the side is a wonderful idea. I have never tried it, but it sounds good.

  6. Love this version! I used to do it with saffron and pine nuts. One of my favorite things ever. Thank you for sharing this delicious idea.

  7. It looks so light and tasty! I would love to have it with granola. That would be the perfect mix.

  8. I really love all of your recipes, it’s very easy to follow. And I’m down for anything with caramel or caramelize words! I really love them a lot!

  9. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I eat yogurt daily, for all the benefits. I’ll try this new way of having it!!

  10. 5 stars
    I love how you have also added in the recipe notes as it educates more about this recipe. I love anything that is caramelized as I am addicted to taste.

  11. 5 stars
    I have never heard of Caramelized Yogurt before. This recipe seems so easy as long as you do the ahead of time prep. I will be trying this at our home when we get back from vacation.

  12. After reading your post and seeing the pics I have to agree. Caramelised Yoghurt Cream may be the easiest dessert to make and I have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  13. 5 stars
    This caramelized yogurt cream dessert looks really delicious! I like the simple and easy to follow recipe. I will make this for my family and I am sure they will request a repeat next week.

    1. Hi Kristine, I look forward to hearing how you enjoy it. It is so simple to make and has the perfect balance of tangy, sweet and creamy flavours. 🙂

  14. Wow, what an exciting looking dish. This is definately something that I’m going to have to try.

  15. wow, this is really making me so hungry. Just finished work and this will be perfect to finish off a long day of work. This Caramelised Yoghurt Cream looks so yummy…

  16. I am always looking for new recipes/experiments to try out with my young daughters. This sounds like a winner. Interesting to make and I am sure yummy too. And that idea to melt sugar in the fridge will definitely be exciting for my girls.

  17. I love the combination of sweet and tart flavors. Especially in the summer where its refreshing. I appreciate that you put the yogurt through the sieve to keep the texture extra creamy! Going to give this a try!

  18. My heart becomes so happy seeing this. This is actually one of my favorites. It looks tasteful and indulging.

  19. I love trying recipes from other cultures. I have never really dived into the Australian cuisine and I can’t wait to give this a try!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! It is simply to whip up – the lengthy time is just spent with the dessert in the fridge 🙂
      It’s very little effort, you just have to be a bit patient whilst the caramelisation happens. It’s worth it! 🙂

  23. My kids would absolutely love these. This would disappear in no time at our house! This is my kind of weekend treat.

  24. 5 stars
    That is quiet a complicated recipe but the way you have explained it looks like it is very simple to make. I am going to give it a shot.

  25. I was actually going to ask if it can be prepared right away before I saw that I have to prep it overnight. I wouldn’t mind though since it looks really delicious.

  26. 5 stars
    Wow, this really does look so easy! It´s something I definitely now plan to try at home. I love that it only takes about three ingredients!

  27. 5 stars
    This sounds like a wonderful dessert. With so few ingredients, it’s a good thing you pointed out that it takes some time. The fruit toppings would be a great addition!

  28. 5 stars
    I would love to give this a try. I don’t know if I’ve been living under a culinary rock or it’s just the area where I live, but I’ve never seen this before.

      1. 5 stars
        This looks like a really delicious dessert. I’m really looking forward testing it out. I’ve never tried caramelizing in the refrigerator before. Such a smart idea.

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