Baked Yogurt or Bhappa Doi, as it is called in Bangla language is a simple, hearty and healthy sweet from the state of West Bengal in India. It requires minimal ingredients and minimal effort. It’s perfect for summers when you want to have something cold for a dessert.
About 12 hours
Sweetened condensed milk
Place a baking tray in the middle shelf of the oven with about 1 inch of water in it. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius.
Strain the yogurt for about 10 hours in refrigerator. Put a sieve on a bowl and line it with a cotton cloth and pour the yogurt on the cloth. Leave it in refrigerator overnight. By morning, most of the water would have collected in the bowl underneath the sieve and cloth will have almost solid yogurt. This is also called hung yogurt. Use the yogurt water in cooking or simply drink it all by itself.
Whisk the hung yogurt and the condensed milk together so that they are properly blended.
Pour the mixture in a baking bowl. The height of the mixture in the bowl should not exceed 1 inch otherwise it may not bake properly in the middle and it may break while removing it from the bowl. A bowl with about 6 inch diameter works well.
Place the bowl in the baking tray with water and let it bake for about an hour.
Insert a wooden skewer in the yogurt to see if it comes out clean. If it does, the baked yogurt is ready. Or if it starts to brown on the top, it’s ready. Take it out and let it cool at room temperature.
When it is cold enough, chill it in refrigerator for at least a couple of hours. Baked Yogurt or Bhappa Doi is ready. Cut wedges and serve it chilled.