The Fourth Sunday in Advent

 He Will Eat Yogurt and Honey

Isaiah 7: 15

Yogurt and soft cheese made from yogurt are still mainstays of the Middle Eastern diet. But mixing yogurt with honey to make it sweet was probably available only to royalty or to the very wealthy.

Most of the yogurt we find in the supermarket is both flavored and sweetened - we eat like kings and queens every day. But this recipe begins with unsweetened plain yogurt - find a brand you like that is made from live cultures.

Sweet Yogurt

Turn the oven on to 375 degrees for 15 minutes while you prepare the yogurt.

Mix with a hand mixer or a spoon for about two minutes:

16 ounces of plain yogurt

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup whipping cream or evaporated milk

Pour into a casserole or baking dish. TURN THE OVEN OFF.

Place casserole in the oven and close the door for 30 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and refrigerate overnight.

This is a rich, but nutritious dessert. Serve in very small cups (2-ounce plastic cups work well).

Serve plain, or garnish with Bible fruits and nuts - pomegranate seeds, chopped dates, sesame seeds.

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