Sunday, August 31, 2008

belated summer recipe

I don't know how frozen yogurt is doing in other places, but here in D.C. we've suddenly got three trendy places offering yogurt that tastes like yogurt, not like fake ice cream, and comes with various delicious toppings. I've been to two of the stores, a number of times now, and every time I've gotten my yogurt with blueberries and honey.

So last week I was walking back to the office with compatriots, eating one of these, and I thought, hey, I have yogurt at home. And blueberries. And honey. I consulted a number of recipes for frozen yogurt, and here's what I did:

2 cups lowfat (2%) plain yogurt
1/2 cup honey
1 cup blueberries (or whatever)
1 tablespoon vodka (or kirsch or whatever) - supposedly this helps it not get icy

1. Mix yogurt, honey, and vodka. Stir in the blueberries. Mush some of the blueberries up, but leave most of them whole.
2. Freeze overnight in a 9x13 inch cake pan, covered tight with foil or plastic wrap. Stir every 45 minutes or so. I mean, don't stir all night - I did this for like the first four hours, then went to bed because it didn't seem to be freezing. But I can't even tell you if the stirring was necessary at all.
3. Break up the frozen product and transfer into a container with a tight top.
4. Enjoy!

The texture is icier than ice cream. The blueberries freeze solid, which is pretty fun. Worst case, if the freezing doesn't work out for you: stick it in the fridge to thaw. It'll still taste good.


erin*carly said...

i wonder if soy yogurt will work with this recipe. mmmmmm, soy yogurt.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! I've tried making frozen yogurt a couple of times this summer in the ice cream maker. Gary Huffnagle's "The Probiotics Revolution" mentions that you can use flavored yogurt to make frozen yogurt that contains about a quarter of the probiotic bacteria found in un-frozen yogurt. He has a real recipe, but also suggest just throwing the yogurt in the ice cream maker. It tastes good, but it freezes really hard. I'll try the booze next time, although that probably kills some of the bacteria, too.

By the way, I recommend the book (and his papers). His lab does some cool research.