Friday, June 24, 2011

strawberry frozen yogurt

Frozen yogurt has always been one of my favorite desserts. But this week, well, this week frozen yogurt is just going to have to count as health food. This week is my first back in New York after two spent in Italy. And while I promise to tell you much more about the trip very soon, for now, lets just say that it involved lots of gelato.

Lots of gelato. We're talking, two flavors, twice a day, every day. Hazelnut and Pistachio. Lemon and Chocolate. Nutella and Tiramisu. And don't even get me started on the Tartufo.

Clearly I couldn't abandon all that cream and sugar cold turkey. Instead, I'm gradually weaning myself back to healthy eating, which is where this strawberry frozen yogurt comes into play. Loaded with Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries, it's healthy enough that I can feel good about indulging, but sweet and creamy enough to satisfy my gelato cravings. Now if I could just find a healthy stand in for pizza and wine, I'd be all set.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Recipe Slightly Adapted from David Lebovitz

1 lb. strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
2/3 cup sugar
scant 1 tablespoon vodka
1.5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup Greek Yogurt (2% or full fat)
sprinkles and cones for serving, if desired

Combine the strawberries, sugar and vodka in a bowl (you can omit the vodka if you'd like, but it helps keep the frozen yogurt from getting too hard in the freezer). Cover and let the strawberry mixture sit for about an hour (David Lebovitz recommends two hours but I simply could not wait that long) before pureeing in a blender or food processor (I used a Vitamix).

Add the yogurt and lemon juice to the pureed strawberry mixture and blend until combined. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for an hour, then process in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.


Serenity said...

Lucky girl! We went to Italy last summer and tried a gelato (or two, or three) in every city we visited to determine the best. Florence won it for me, Lecche won it for my hubs. Can't wait to hear about your trip. Love the strawberry photography, with sprinkles!

Ellen said...

You make everything look so so so good! Your photography is fantastic!

May I please have some frozen yogurt..with sprinkles?

Becki Sue said...

Made this today with super ripe strawberries picked from a farm. My husband is lactose intolerant, so I'm always on the lookout for tasty fro-yo recipes. This turned out sooo strawberry-y. Thanks!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

oh, that look so refreshing and good! does the vodka help it to stay soft? that's been my problem with making fro-yo at home...always hard as a rock!