Homemade Tart Fro-Yo
It’s the middle of August and I’d be willing to bet that you could use something frozen and delicious right about now. I teamed up with a bunch of other wonderful bloggers and we are bringing you nothing but delicious frozen ice cream recipes all week! Be sure to check out the end of this post for an awesome giveaway and links to all the other bloggers!
The frozen yogurt trend is about at capacity I think. In most towns and cities you can find a fro-yo place where you buy the frozen yogurt by weight and top it with whatever floats your boat.
What I really like though, is just a good tart frozen yogurt. It can be tough to find now because so many of these stores add in ridiculous flavors and loads of sugar. Personally, I like my frozen yogurt tart and then I can top it with sweet stuff on my own.
It turns out frozen yogurt is really easy to make at home… easier than ice cream by a lot. But, it’s not as easy as just churning yogurt in an ice cream maker. There are a few small tricks that will get you to tart frozen yogurt paradise.
1) Whisk together yogurts with sugar, a pinch of salt, and vanilla.
2) Add yogurt mixture to a chilled ice cream maker. Churn for 20-25 minutes until mixture is desired consistency. I like it best served soft like this.
Serve tart fro-yo with toppings like chocolate, candy, fresh fruit, etc.
You can freeze this for later in an airtight container. Try to keep the fro-yo creamy by stirring it every 30 minutes as it freezes. Also, let it thaw for 20 minutes when you pull it out of the freezer so it softens a bit.
The yogurt aisle at grocery stores is out of control. Here’s the most important parts of choosing a good yogurt for this process.
First, choose a yogurt with live cultures. These give the yogurt some nice tang.
Second, don’t use a lowfat yogurt. Sure, it might be less caloric, but it’ll also turn into a slushy since it has more water in it. I guess your call but if you use lowfat, you’re on your own.
You actually don’t have to use Greek yogurt, but I like the mix. If you were to use all greek yogurt, it would be too thick, but I like a 3-1 mix of whole yogurt and Greek yogurt.
Also, it should go without saying, but stay away from any flavored yogurts.
Once you have your yogurts, this is so much easier than ice cream.
Just whisk the yogurts together with sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. You need some sugar in this recipe as it helps keep the mixture smooth while churning, but you don’t want to overdo it.
After you whisk it all together, feel free to give it a taste. It should be delicious just like this. Keep in mind that as it churns, it will lose some of the sweetness. The end result won’t be as sweet (and will be more tart) than the mix tastes at this point.
Churning the Frozen Yogurt
This really couldn’t be easier. I used to use a KitchenAid attachment for churning ice cream, but I finally upgraded to a better ice cream maker. It does a great job and is sturdier for sure.
Just add your yogurt mix to the ice cream maker and start churning!
This will need to churn for 20-25 minutes to get to the right soft-serve texture.
This was after about 15 minutes. Getting there, but still not sturdy enough.
After 25 minutes, my tart frozen yogurt was thick and marvelous.
Here’s my best advice: Serve this frozen yogurt soft. It’s really best right out of the churner. If you’re making this for dessert, just start the churner before you sit down to eat and let it churn! It’ll be perfect for dessert time.
If you do want to store it for later, freeze it in an airtight container. Try to stir the yogurt as it freezes (every 30 minutes or so) to try to keep it creamy. At the end of the day though, I still found my frozen yogurt to get pretty icy in the freezer. The way to solve the problem though is just to let it thaw for 20 minutes before serving it.
It’s really just best at a soft-serve texture (which is why all the stores serve it this way). So try to eat at that consistency.
It should go without saying, but toppings are seriously limitless. Candy. Fruit. Syrups. Pretzels. Cereals. It’s all up for grabs.
My favorite topping was a few of my homemade cocktail cherries and some chocolate pretzels. Perfection!
Ice Cream Week Giveaway!
I teamed up with 18 other bloggers to share some great ice cream recipes with you this entire week and we all pitched in to bring you an awesome ice cream making giveaway. We’re using the hashtag #weekofsundaes on social media this week. Check out our blogs to see all of our recipes throughout the week:
Ashley at Spoonful of Flavor // Ashley at Cookie Monster Cooking // Madison at Wetherills Say I Do // Erin at The Speckled Palate // Julia at Tag & Tibby // LeAndra at Love & Flour // Molly at Hey There Sunshine // Nick at Macheesmo // Meredith at Meredith Noelle // Heather at Sugar Dish Me // Linda at Brunch with Joy // Katie at Twin Stripe // Erica at Crumby Cupcake // Beth at bethcakes // Meghan at Cake ‘n Knife // Dan at The Food in my Beard // Bethany at Bethany Grow // Cate at Chez CateyLou // Susannah at Feast + West
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- A Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker with double-insulated 2-quart freezer bowl // $165 value
- A Chef’s Choice Waffle Cone Express Ice Cream Cone Maker // $70 value
- Set of four 6-ounce Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs // $13 value
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- The giveaway is open until Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. EST. One winner will be chosen at random and emailed within 48 hours. Winners must claim prize within 48 hours of initial contact. The retail value of the prize is $265. Prizes shown in the graphic are the only ones available.
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