Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

10:54 PM

Summertime + plethora of strawberries = break out the ice cream maker!

We've been buying strawberries out the yinyang lately (wow! I just sounded like my grandma) since they are ridiculously cheap (compared to what we've been paying in Japan), and now I can finally go buck-wild with a bunch of strawberry recipes I've been collecting.  Challenge accepted!

This recipe is from Baking Bites, and since all of the recipes I've found on there have been awesome, I had high expectations when making this frozen yogurt.  I used my handy-dandy KitchenAid ice cream maker my hubby bought a few years back, and went about making my first ever frozen yogurt.  It was delightful!! Very, very sweet, and has a bit of tang to it too, which was a fun contrast for the palette.  The kids adored it, and the hubs and I are probably going to polish off the rest when we start our movie in a few minutes.   Definitely a keeper!

Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Serves 6-8

1 ⅓ cups fresh strawberries
⅔ cup sugar
2 tablespoons vodka (optional)
2 ½ cups Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
2 large egg whites, room temperature

1.  Clean berries and trim off tops. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, puree strawberries, sugar and vodka (optional) until mixture is very smooth.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk berry mixture into greek yogurt (you may strain plain yogurt for about 5 minutes with a fine sieve or cheesecloth if you cannot find greek yogurt in your area to achieve a similar consistency).

3.  In a medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until eggs reach soft peaks. Fold into strawberry yogurt mixture. Pour everything into an ice cream maker and mix according to manufacturers’ directions. When yogurt has set up, you can serve it immediately or store it in a freezer-safe container, if you are not going to eat it right away.

Note: You could try this with frozen, defrosted berries, but it really will be best with freshly picked strawberries. You can also use any variety of Greek yogurt you like: full fat, low fat or nonfat.

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