Any trusted frozen yogurt recipes to offer?
My mom gave me an ice cream maker attachment for kitchen aid a while ago, but I've used it surprisingly little. I'd really like to use it to make frozen yogurt, having heard that homemade frozen yogurt has the same health benefits as plain yogurt. I tried once with a recipe from the Food Network, and it turned out icy and crunchy, not creamy at all. I want to try again. Any trusted tried and true frozen yogurt recipes you are willing to share? And a more general question: Can I make frozen yogurt with low-fat or even fat free yogurt? I'm looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks!
Usually when you make frozen yogurt you have to drain it overnight in a cheesecloth or a coffee filter works too. Try that recipe again from FN but this time strain the yogurt. Also do a search at epicurious.com. They have a couple of good recipes on there.
I don't have an ice cream maker, so when I want frozen yogurt, I cheat. I freeze some sweetened Fage 0%, then purée the frozen stuff in the blender. Sometimes I add frozen fruit.
I like this one. It also makes a great sandwich with lemon cookies.
Lavander Frozen Yogurt
Makes 1 quart
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 Tbsp lavender buds
1 1/4 cups Greek Yogurt
1 1/4 cups creme fraiche
Juice of 2 limes
Combine the sugar, water, and lavender buds in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer the syrup for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When the syrup is cool, strain and discard the lavender.
Combine the yogurt and creme fraiche or sour cream in a large bowl. Whisk in the lavender syrup and lime juice. Chill the mixture for 1 hour, then churn in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturer's instructions.
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I've been experimenting with the recipe Heidi Swanson has on her 101cookbooks.com website (it's from A Perfect Scoop)--that recipe and others are discussed in this recent thread here...http://www.chowhound.com/topics/376016 And, yes, you can use low fat or even fat free greek yogurt (or, strain it yourself)--obviously the texture gets a little less creamy as you rachet the fat down.
If you're looking for lower-fat in general and have an ice cream maker, I've been experimenting with Bittman's cornstarch ice cream recipe and have developed a modified non-fat banana version of it that I really like (you can use sugar instead of splenda... if Splenda isn't palatable to you). I posted about that recipe here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/47339... Note that this is a recipe for ice cream made with milk (and/or cream)--not yogurt, though Bittman does offer subbing half the milk for yogurt as a variation of the recipe.