So here’s the thing, my original idea was for a Red, White and Blue recipe. You know, in time for Fourth of July. But it turned out to be pink, white and purple instead. But hey that’s okay, because just like life, these things don’t always go according to plan. And like Uncle Bill once said, all’s well that ends well right? And rest assured, the final product here is every bit as awesome as it looks! So if you haven’t tried it yet, you should definitely get busy this summer, making this insanely delicious Easy Frozen Yoghurt, and make it even better by adding flavours to create your own swirled Frozen Fruit Flavoured Yoghurt!
I was introduced to frozen yoghurt by my sister. Well, let me amend that statement. I’d had frozen yoghurt before, but never really liked it and didn’t see what the big deal was about. But a while back, my sister suggested that we try this new froyo place in town in Brisbane, and I relented after some hesitation and gave it a try. And you know how the story goes from here. 🙂 I loved it and have never looked back since! And now I make my own frozen yoghurt whenever I can.
A couple of summers ago Mr K and I had a long layover at the Denver airport and decided to head out and check out the city before we had to catch our connecting flight. I don’t remember the name of it now, but there was a small froyo place in downtown Denver and that was where my husband was introduced to frozen yoghurt. One serving later, he too was hooked! 🙂 He, however, preferred to eat it with fruits instead of Oreos, which is how I like to eat mine!
Since our local froyo place isn’t that good (they suffer from the same ailment that afflicts almost every mediocre frozen yoghurt shop, the yoghurt is way too watered down and bland), I make my own now. While it would be easier with an ice cream maker, you can also just mix everything in a flat, wide dish and whisk it every few hours until it’s completely aerated and starts to harden. And honestly, I’m embarrassed to even call this a recipe. It’s just so simple to make and is also adaptable to different tastes. But because it’s so easy and so delicious, I had to share it, so that you too can enjoy this fantastic treat this summer! PLUS, later this week I will also show you something really fun you can do with Frozen Yoghurt!
A few notes on the recipe first –
You can add more sugar or fruit syrup to get a softer frozen yoghurt. You can also add extra milk to make it softer. It’s a good idea to make it a little softer because the frozen yoghurt can be quite hard when frozen. The recipe I’m sharing with you today gave us the consistency that we liked, which is a little hard when frozen. I also added lemon juice and sugar syrup to give it a nice tart flavour.
Here I’m also showing you how to introduce flavour to the frozen yoghurt base. I added Strawberry and Blueberry to make it “red, white and blue,” perfect for Fourth of July celebrations.
Do not hesitate to adapt this recipe to your taste. Personally, I love my frozen yoghurt creamy and sweet but with lots of citrus flavours, but you may prefer it with just a little sweetness and vanilla. Whichever way you make it, this will be a fantastic summer dessert, no doubt!
How to make Easy Frozen Yoghurt
- 1 tub of Greek yoghurt 32 oz / 907g, or 1 liter is fine too
- 1 cup of single pouring cream
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- Honey or simple sugar syrup or maple syrup to sweeten to your taste
Fruit puree (this is for 1/3rd of the yoghurt base - you can easily double or triple it)
- 7 oz strawberry or blueberry or raspberry washed and stems removed
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon
- In a bowl, place the youghurt, cream, lemon juice and mix well until smooth. Add the sweetener of your choice until it is slightly sweeter than what you'd prefer (because when frozen, it becomes a little less sweet).
- Place strawberries in a saucepan with other ingredients. On low-medium heat, heat the strawberries until soft and the sugar has dissolved. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes and then puree the fruits in a blender or food processor. Set aside to cool completely.
- Repeat with same amount of blueberries.
Frozen Fruit Yoghurt
- Divide the yoghurt mix in to 3 portions. Add strawberry to 1 portion ( I added all of it, but you can add less), blueberry to the second and leave the third portion as is.
With an Ice Cream maker
- Let the yoghurt mixtures chill in the fridge overnight.
- Churn each portion in the ice cream machine for about 15 minutes each and freeze it in the same container if you prefer. Let the yoghurt freeze for a few hours before serving.
Without an Ice Cream Mixer
- Place the yoghurt mixtures in 3 separate wide bowls and keep them in the freezer. Using a hand-held mixer, whip each mixture every 30-40 minutes, while breaking up the yoghurt that's frozen along the sides of the bowl. Continue to do this every 40 - 60 minutes until the mixture becomes thick and partially frozen. You can leave them to freeze completely in individual containers OR transfer the thick partially frozen yoghurt mixtures into the same container and let it freeze completely before serving.
My initial plan was to freeze the different fruit flavours separately, but then I got the red, white and blue idea and decided to freeze everything together in the same container. I absolutely love how it turned out, even though it’s not exactly the colours I had initially wanted. Blue is a very hard colour to get to be honest. But the flavours are what truly matter at the end of the day, and this one’s an absolute winner in that regard. Each scoop gives you a swirl of beautiful colours and delicious fruity flavours, which are a combo of lemon, strawberry and blueberry. What’s not to love about that? I cannot think of a perfect way to cool myself down during those hot, muggy summer days!
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