Authentic Homemade Yogurt


Yogurt is a staple in Armenian cuisine. This authentic recipe for homemade cream yogurt has been passed down in my husband's family for many generations. I've updated the measurements and temperatures to ensure a successful recipe every time. It's fast, easy, and economical! I always try to keep some on hand, but this recipe is so versatile and delicious, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the demand.

close up view of Yogurt garnished with blueberries and raspberries in a black bowl
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins
2 quarts


  • ¾ cup plain yogurt, preferably Greek-style, with live cultures

  • 1 quart whole milk

  • 1 quart half-and-half

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream (Optional)


  1. On a work surface, lay four clean cotton towels in a cross pattern, each with one end overlapping a few inches in the center. Position a large baking dish or glass mixing bowl in the center of the towels.

  2. Set the plain yogurt on the counter to warm to room temperature while preparing the milk mixture.

  3. Combine milk and half-and-half in a large, heavy, non-aluminum pot. Heat over low to moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture just comes to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and pour the mixture into the waiting bowl. Add 1 pint whipping cream for added richness.

  4. Allow mixture to cool to 112 degrees F (44 degrees C). Gradually pour 1 cup of the warm milk into the yogurt, whisking constantly. Return the yogurt-milk mixture to the bowl and stir well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; wrap kitchen towels up and over the bowl, covering completely. Let stand at room temperature until firmly set, 8 to 12 hours.

  5. Refrigerate yogurt for several hours or overnight to chill completely.

Cook's Notes:

I recommend using an organic Greek-style yogurt for the starter.

For a delicious snack, set some of your finished yogurt to drain over a bowl in a mesh strainer for 24 hours, draining off the whey as it collects in the bowl. Once drained, add salt to taste and spread on fire-roasted tomato Triscuits. Yummy!

Be sure to reserve 1/2 cup or so of this batch of yogurt to use as a starter for your next batch. Each generation you make becomes just a little more tart.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
33g Fat
11g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 20g 102%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 106mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 242mg 19%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 300mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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