I know one cannot own every conceivable kitchen appliance, but if you can find an excuse to buy an ice cream machine, just go for it. They’re relatively inexpensive and you’ll be forever amazed at how much better your ice cream and frozen yogurt will be. This recipe, modestly adapted from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop, is proof of that. It bears no resemblance to store-bought frozen yogurt or the imitation ice cream served at most froyo shops. Instead, it tastes intensely of fresh strawberries — almost like a cross between strawberry frozen yogurt and strawberry sorbet. My eight-year-old daughter tried said it best: “It tastes very strawberry-y.”
The beauty of the recipe is that it’s incredibly easy. No cooking and you only need five ingredients to make it: fresh strawberries, Greek yogurt, a lemon, sugar and vodka. I highly recommend using whole milk Greek yogurt, although low-fat will work too (just don’t use nonfat). As for the booze, you won’t taste it — it’s just there to keep the yogurt creamy and smooth in the freezer. You can substitute kirsch or rum, or just leave it out completely.
Begin by combining the strawberries, sugar, vodka and lemon juice in a medium bowl.
Let the strawberries macerate in the sugar mixture for about an hour, or until the sugar is nice and syrupy.
Combine the strawberry mixture with the Greek yogurt in a blender and purée until smooth.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve to remove the seeds.
This step is optional; I think it’s much better without the seeds but if you don’t mind them, don’t bother.
Chill the mixture in the fridge, then freeze in your ice cream machine.
It will look a bit slushy when it’s done.
Transfer the frozen yogurt to a plastic container and freeze until firm enough to scoop.
After a few hours, the frozen yogurt will get quite firm. You may need to let it sit out a bit to soften before scooping it. Enjoy!
My starting point for this recipe was David Lebovitz’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt in The Perfect Scoop. His version came out more icy and sorbet-like than I wanted, so I upped the amount of yogurt and adjusted the sugar and other ingredients accordingly. He also doesn’t strain the seeds, but I think it’s much better without them. You can check out his version here.
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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon vodka
- 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt*
- Combine the strawberries, sugar, vodka and lemon juice in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about an hour, stirring every so often, until the mixture is nice and syrupy.
- Combine the strawberry mixture and Greek yogurt in a blender and purée until smooth. Place a sieve over a medium bowl and strain the frozen yogurt purée into the bowl to remove the seeds. (The most efficient way is to use a ladle to push the mixture in circular motions through the sieve.) Discard the seeds. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until very cold (you can speed this up in the freezer if you like).
- Freeze the frozen yogurt mixture in ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions. It will look a little slushy when it's done. Transfer the frozen yogurt to a plastic container and place in the freezer until firm enough to scoop, a few hours.
- *Note: For the best taste and consistency, I highly recommend using whole milk Greek yogurt. Low fat will work too but the frozen yogurt won't stay as creamy in the freezer. Do not use nonfat.
- Per serving (4 servings)
- Calories: 284
- Fat: 6g
- Saturated fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 50g
- Sugar: 47g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 9g
- Sodium: 52mg
- Cholesterol: 14mg
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