I wanted to make flavored yogurt... to add the flavor before fermentation... but almost everyone told me that it would not work. And indeed, my first attempt (with banana) was a sorry one! But I decided to try again, after being told by someone in particular who suggested that I simply dice or cube the banana, not crush or mash it. And, add a splash of vanilla while I was at it.
Well... this time I was successful!
When I opened the container, the cubed bananas had risen to the top.
drained it overnight (we prefer the thick Greek-style yogurt) and the
next day is was thick and creamy... and utterly delicious! There was a
slight tang but the banana flavor was quite pronounced. The stirring
and draining mashed the bananas a bit. Yummmmy!
The recipe is simple!!!
1/4 cup of yogurt (with live cultures) to about 800 ml of milk. Stir
in (gently!) cubed bananas from 1 to 2 medium sized bananas and about 1
teaspoon of vanilla extract. Incubate as usual. Mine was done in about
an hour less than my usual (6 hours, thereabouts).