Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Three days in a row! My appetite is starting to come back — can you tell?
We kicked off summer on Monday by scoring an almost-new ice cream maker off of Craigslist for $15. (The previous owners got it as a wedding gift and only used it once. The lady told me they weren’t big into ice cream. To me, that’s like saying, “I’m not big into oxygen.”) We’ve wanted one since we got married, but never got around to getting one. I saw this recipe on a food blog, and I had to have some, which meant finding an ice cream maker pronto.
A few hours later we were eating this amazing frozen yogurt. I accidentally bought 99% fat free plain yogurt instead of full-fat, but it was surprisingly creamy for such a low fat content. This recipe only makes a quart of fro-yo, but it’s best to eat it the same day you make it. The next day it got a little icier, but it was still delicious. I think I’m going to make more tonight. :)
adapted from Simply Recipes
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 T lime juice
2/3 cup to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want the result, and how sweet your strawberries are to begin with)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups full fat plain yogurt (if using low or non fat, then add 2 Tbsp cream)
Place the strawberries, lemon juice, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Use a potato masher to mash up the strawberries as the mixture is heating. As soon as all of the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir in the milk and yogurt, until completely incorporated. Place the mixture in the refrigerator, and chill for at least an hour, preferably several hours, until completely cold, before proceeding.
Process the mixture in your ice cream maker 20 to 25 minutes. Eat immediately or keep in freezer until served.
Makes about 1 quart.
1. The original recipe used lemon juice, but I didn’t have any, so I used lime. I loved the taste, but you can also use lemon juice.
2. I mash my potatoes with an electric mixer, so I don’t have a hand-held masher. I just zapped them in the food processor for a minute before adding them to the saucepan.