Tart Frozen Yogurt
This homemade frozen yogurt is so good, so similar to your favorite fro-yo (only imagine fresher and better), it’s worth buying an ice cream machine just so you can make it whenever you want. Trust me, I wouldn’t normally recommend buying new kitchen equipment for just one recipe but this is an exception — it’s that good.
It’s funny, for all its newly discovered popularity, you’d think the frozen yogurt makers came up with some magic new formula. Not so! The recipe for tart frozen yogurt is unbelievably simple: plain yogurt and sugar — that’s it! Who knows what else the yogurt chains are putting in it, but when you make it at home that’s all you need.
I’ve tried this recipe with all types of yogurt, from whole milk Greek yogurt to nonfat regular. Using Greek-style yogurt results in an intensely creamy frozen yogurt with an ice cream-like consistency. It’s delicious but much creamier than the version you know from most frozen yogurt shops. I prefer to combine regular yogurt and Greek yogurt for a lighter consistency. As for the fat content, whole milk yogurt is your best bet. Lowfat works too, but only if you’re planning on eating the whole batch right away (easy to do); it gets too icy and hard in the freezer. Nonfat just isn’t as good.
I’m almost embarrased to admit how many times I’ve made this frozen yogurt. It’s super-easy and the kids love it as much as I do — maybe even more than ice cream and that’s saying a lot!
This is a good one. Enjoy!
Tart Frozen Yogurt
- 2 cups plain whole milk or lowfat yogurt
- 2 cups plain whole milk or lowfat Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar*
- Fruit toppings (optional)
- Pour any excess liquid out of yogurt containers. Whisk the yogurts and sugar together in a medium bowl until the sugar is completely dissolved. Reserve the yogurt container for the finished frozen yogurt. Taste and add a few more tablespoons of sugar if necessary (some brands are more tart than others).
- Follow manufacturer's instructions for freezing yogurt in ice cream/frozen yogurt machine. You'll know it's ready when it's smooth and stiff (it will harden even more in the freezer). Serve right away or scoop back into reserved yogurt container and freeze until ready to eat. If it stays in the freezer more than a few hours, you may need to let it sit out a bit to soften before serving.
- *To vary the flavor, try replacing a few tablespoons of the sugar with honey.