Cardamom Yogurt Pudding

This cardamom yogurt pudding is scented with vanilla, drizzled with a homemade cinnamon honey syrup and topped with fresh orange segments.

This cardamom yogurt pudding is scented with vanilla, drizzled with a homemade cinnamon honey syrup and topped with fresh orange segments.

I have been out of the BSI loop for awhile now but when I saw my friend Faith over at Thought 4 Food was hosting and the secret ingredient was yogurt I knew I had to come up with something.

I perused my many magazines, cookbooks and internet food websites to finally settle on making a yogurt pudding flavored with cardamom.  I had never used cardamom before.  Not because I was scared I wouldn’t like it, I was scared of the cost. I had seen it many times at the natural market and would think “$42.99 a pound…is this stuff gold?” (Actually gold would be a heck of a lot more but you get where my mind was going)  Then it occurred to me “Why in the world would I need a pound of this stuff I can just buy a little since it’s in bulk?”  So yesterday I went in, grabbed a small plastic baggie, filled it with just a smidgen of spice, tied a twister around it and paid a whopping .42 cents.

This cardamom yogurt pudding is scented with vanilla, drizzled with a homemade cinnamon honey syrup and topped with fresh orange segments.

Making the pudding was fairly simple.  It consists of plain Greek yogurt, vanilla, sugar and cardamom.  It sets up with the help of unflavored gelatin.  I was scared mine would not come out of the ramekin nicely but if you set it in a bowl of hot water before trying to get it out it truly does help.

The syrup is one of the tastiest things I have ever made in my kitchen.  It mixes fresh squeezed orange juice, orange blossom honey and cinnamon. Delicious! It’s sweet yet does not overpower the dessert. While I was simmering my syrup the smell that filled my kitchen was amazing. If only I could have bottled that scent and sold it.

The taste of the yogurt pudding was fantastic.  It was sweet with a hint of vanilla and the cardamom really helped round out the flavors and took the dessert from plain to extraordinary.  The texture of the yogurt pudding reminded me of a mix between a flan and a pudding but I didn’t mind because it was delicious 🙂 After I took the yogurt out of its ramekin I topped with the cooled syrup and orange segments.  Enjoy!!!

This cardamom yogurt pudding is scented with vanilla, drizzled with a homemade cinnamon honey syrup and topped with fresh orange segments.


Cardamom Yogurt Pudding with Orange and Cinnamon Honey Syrup


1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1-1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
Pinch ground cardamom
1 navel orange
1 tablespoon orange blossom honey
Small pinch cinnamon
1 1C. ramekin

Source: Epicurious


Whisk together yogurt, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Put water in a very small saucepan and tilt pan so that water is on one side, then sprinkle gelatin and cardamom evenly over water. Let stand 1 minute to soften. Heat mixture over low heat, stirring, until gelatin is dissolved, about 30 seconds. Whisk hot gelatin into yogurt until combined well. Pour yogurt into a 1 cup ramekin and chill, covered, until set, about 1 1/2 hours or overnight.

While yogurt is chilling, cut peel and white pith from orange with a sharp knife. Working over a small bowl, cut segments free from membranes from half of orange, letting segments fall into bowl, then squeeze 1 tablespoon juice from remaining half of orange and, if necessary, from membranes.

Bring orange juice, honey, and cinnamon to a simmer in cleaned very small saucepan, stirring, then simmer until reduced to about 1 tablespoon, about 1 minute. Add orange segments to syrup, gently stirring to coat. Cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

Run a thin knife around edge of ramekin to loosen pudding, then dip ramekin into a bowl of hot water 30 seconds and invert pudding onto a plate. Spoon syrup over pudding and arrange orange around side.


14 Responses to “Cardamom Yogurt Pudding”

  1. #
    Bread + Butter — September 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    This looks really good. Healthy and perfect to jumpstart the day. I think this would be enough for me to put down the doughnut and grab a bowl of this.

  2. #
    Faith — September 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    What a gorgeous dish! Amazing BSI entry! 😉 Gorgeous pics too!

  3. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Yum… looks delicious! I have been slacking on BSI… maybe next week!

  4. #
    Reeni — September 20, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I didn’t know you could make pudding from yogurt! How yummy! I love the syrup too – orange is so overlooked and so lovely in scent and flavor. I really want to get back into BSI.

  5. #
    Heavenly Housewife — September 21, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Ooooh, how wonderful 🙂 I guess we’ve both caught the cardamom bug this week 😉

  6. #
    Debbie — September 21, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Looks different AND delicious!

  7. #
    chayacomfycook — September 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I picked this out as the one I wanted to make first, as soon as I saw the choices. I love peaches and you made them so beautifully. We were fortunate to get some good choices this week but peaches always comes in first, for me.

  8. #
    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — September 22, 2009 at 7:36 am

    A yogurt pudding sound fantastic, I love that it is spiced with cardamom! Beautiful presentation!

  9. #
    Blond Duck — September 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Cinnamon honey syrup= drooling Blond Duck.

  10. #
    girlichef — September 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Wow, my lovie…this is absolutely beautiful! I want to taste it so badly! I hear ya about the cardamom…I passed on a jar that was ~$17. and was lucky enough to be gifted with some from a good foodie-blogger friend! I’m glad you were able to get enough for your dish…and for close to nothing. Sounds amazing.

  11. #
    burpexcuzme — September 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    URGH! I totally forgot abt last week’s BSI. But AWESOME entry, though! That thing is definitely making yogurt a star!

  12. #
    Kelly@EvilShenanigans — September 23, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I adore anything with cardamom. It is such a lovely, round flavored spice. It is lovely in puddings, and with yogurt I bet it is divine! Tangy flavors go well with cardamom! Yum!!

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    Jessica — September 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    This looks great. I have never tried making anything like this. I will try now!

  14. #
    Liberty — November 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    oh this looks great – would be great with cranberries too!

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