Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Caroline's big right now into "favorites."  What's your favorite color?  What's your favorite animal?  What's your favorite ice cream?  And no two people can have the same favorite anything.  As we discussed our favorite flavors of ice cream last week, she informed me that her favorite flavor is "bamilla," and mine is strawberry.  I honestly don't think I could choose a favorite, but strawberry is definitely up there, so I'll take it.   In honor of my "favorite" flavor, I thought I would make a fun dessert for us to enjoy this week.  However, I've been trying to keep things a bit lighter around here lately, and I've been wanting to try homemade frozen yogurt anyway, so I figured I'd give this recipe a try. 

This frozen yogurt is embarrassingly easy.  Strawberries are diced and then tossed with sugar, and then they sit for a bit to bring out all those wonderful juices.  They are then pureed with the yogurt, chilled, and then the whole thing is frozen in your ice cream maker.  It really doesn't get any easier. The instructions warn against using reduced fat yogurt, but I used 2% Greek yogurt, and I didn't notice it being too icy or hard.  And I think it had a more intense yogurty flavor since Greek yogurt is a stronger flavor than plain (in my opinion anyway).

There are a few things that I really love about this frozen yogurt:  While I wouldn't classify it as "health food," it is much much lower in fat, sugar, and calories than ice cream.  It is nice and sweet from the strawberries, but the sweetness is counteracted nicely by the tang from the yogurt.  And finally, look how pretty it is! 

If you are like me and are obsessed with all things strawberry, then check out the Featured Recipes Page.  I've updated it with some great recipes that use my favorite spring fruit!

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
adapted from The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz
makes about 1 quart
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vodka (optional but recommended)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • pinch of salt
  • juice of half a lemon
Toss the strawberries with the sugar and vodka in a large bowl.  Stir until the sugar dissolves and the strawberries start to release their juices.  Allow to sit at room temperature for about an hour, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

Puree the strawberries and their liquids in a blender with the yogurt, salt, and lemon juice until smooth.  If you don't like the seeds, then strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl.  Otherwise, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.

Freeze according to the instructions for your ice cream maker, and serve.


Uni Korn said...

Looks good. I might have to try making some frozen yogurt.

Ammie said...

I've made this and can taste it as I'm reading your post, so good! And as you said so pretty!

Haddock said...

I will have one scoop :-)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This sounds absolutely lovely! Awesome idea!

Anonymous said...

I can NOT wait to make this!! Yum!

Rachel said...

We have TONS of family coming into town over the next 6 weeks. I think this will make an appearance for each group of company! Looks amazing.

Nancy Brown said...

Love the recipe! Perfect for a Spring/Summer dessert!

Joanne said...

YOU may not classify this as health food...but I do! Looks delicious to me!

Jessica said...

So sad that I don't have my ice cream maker her in China!! I'm going home to visit the states in a few weeks and I know what I'll be making when I stay at mom's!

Anonymous said...

can't wait to try it! looks delicious :)

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Gourmetdaytoday.com said...

I am so glad you posted this! I was just looking for a Strawberry Frozen Yogurt to try. This will work perfectly. :)

Heidi said...

Thanks for the recipe. I made this Wednesday and already have another lb of strawberries on the grocery list to make again. It is easy and delicious!

Elizabeth said...

Frozen yogurt is so yummy.

Annie said...

Yum! Now that I'm into the yogurt-making groove, I'm excited to try homemade frozen yogurt. The first time I did it, it was a disaster but I've learned a lot since then :)

Andrew is into favorites right now too, and insists on a daily basis that my favorite color is purple. Not true, but I humor him. Haha!

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