Since my attempts of making yogurt at home started, some of my experiments failed. In fact, after adding the recipe to this site, I have made 2 – 3 batches since than and one of the didn’t become yogurt. It smelled like yogurt, but the consistency was wrong.
That time, when it didn’t turn out to be yogurt, I tried to remember what went wrong… Well, first of all I didn’t have cream at home, so I didn’t add any. The oven was already occupied, so I choose to put it by the sunny kitchen sill. That would have been alright if the sun didn’t disappear after an hour or so, hence leaving that spot not that warm after all. Since you are not supposed to disturb the yogurt while it is setting, I left it alone. After 4 – 5 hours what I saw was this:
Its whey raised to the top and the lower part resembled yogurt. Since I put a lot of milk and yogurt into this, I didn’t want to waste it, so I poured it into a pot and started heating it up. After a while, the curds become to appear. Didn’t let it bubble up, but heated up quite a bit. Later, I dumped it into a cheesecloth and let it drained. What I ended up is the first picture. Then I crumbled it up and mixed salt, oregano and crushed red peppers to it and put it in a glass container. In the following two, three days it was eaten in the breakfast. Now that I think about it, possibly the salt, oregano and peppers could have been added in while pouring in the cheesecloth to create a good mix.
In my earlier yogurt-cheese makings, I used this also as a filling for some pastries.
I hope your yogurt making works. But even if it doesn’t, you can use it in this way. Good luck and let me know how it went.