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Simple pleasures: pears, epic yoghurt and honey

October 28, 2010

Often the simplest combination of quality ingredients blow the most fussy, impressive looking desserts out of the water.


I’ve extolled the virtues of Clearwater yoghurt before, but once again: best yoghurt I’ve ever tasted, and even more delicious than ice cream. Before stallholders at farmer’s markets dared to get a little adventurous, this is what kept me from leaving town (ok, that and my lovely man, but the yoghurt is up there, along with Beauvais‘ perfect hash browns). If you’re still reeling from the ice cream comparison though, let me explain. First of all, Clearwater’s has this silken texture that works in pretty much anything. Second of all, it has a flavour that’s difficult to describe and difficult to hate – it’s mild, yet rich, and therefore you could eat a tub of it quite happily. This is because its tang is subtle and just right, and it’s quite low in fat. Hence it beating ice cream – ice cream is like the slightly slutty sister in comparison, leaving nothing to the imagination.

I think about food too much.

Try this though: Clearwater’s yoghurt (or whatever your favourite plain yoghurt is – splash out on the best you can find) over a fresh perfectly ripe pear de-seeded and sliced, and drizzled with a clear runny honey. I got my honey from the farmer’s market from Alpine forest, who make a honey called “manuka dew” that is just perfect for this. It stays clear even when it’s really cold, drizzles well without being watery, and has a mild manuka note that doesn’t overpower. There’s a stall at Lyttelton Farmers Market that sells something similar for $4 for a 500g jar (ie. MUCH cheaper). If you’re not a honey fan, try some real maple syrup (you only need a little though). You can use whatever fruit you want really, but make sure they’re perfectly ripe but fresh.

…don’t forget to sit in the sun with a person you love and share some with them!

PS. I hear the Collective’s yoghurt is really good but haven’t tried any yet, so when I do I’ll update.

PPS. Clearwater is $5 for just over 700g of organic yoghurt goodness at Grower’s Direct Market Christchurch, and around $7 elsewhere. Currently only available in the South Island. HA, there is something to live for down here!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy Dixon permalink
    October 28, 2010 11:17 pm

    lies :) you can get it at Moore Wilsons in Wellington & Commonsense, its fab!

  2. October 29, 2010 4:08 am

    looks so delicious! I`d like to try this!

    have a nice time,
    Paula

  3. October 29, 2010 9:50 am

    Amy: REALLY? Damn, my reasons for not moving to Wellington are slimming down substantially :D Will edit that now.

    Paula: It really is…just make sure to use the best yogurt ever :) Cheers!

  4. October 29, 2010 10:21 am

    Mmm. Looks like something I might eat for breakfast. I wish I could try that brand—I’m always looking for the best yogurts—but haven’t seen it around here yet. I love the thought of serving it with pears. I might even add some crushed nuts.

  5. October 29, 2010 2:14 pm

    Hi Zo, Ad Sintenie here, chief yoghurt maker at Clearwater’s. Thanks so much for singing our praises, you’d think we pay you…..We certainly owe you a couple of buckets, so you can inspire the world with more exciting yoghurt ideas.
    I’ll drop them off next time I am in Chch.
    Did you know that you can actually move town? Our yoghurt is also sold in all the good food shops in Wellington, Auckland, and Palmerston North.
    I’ll put a link of this blog on our Facebook page.

  6. October 31, 2010 12:16 pm

    Ad: No problem, it really is amaaazing stuff! And yes I realised you guys also supply Wellington now…!
    Thanks for the link back :)

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