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Apr 21, 2012 03:43 PM

Best Sweetener for Homemade Frozen (Greek) Yogurt?

I've been enjoying making frozen yogurt in a home ice cream machine, but I wonder if it could be better than it is. I've used the very simple recipe of full-fat Fage yogurt, vanilla beans, and sugar--but I use a sugar that's lying around the house, which is brown sugar.

Just wondering if other sweeteners would dissolve better or impart a better flavor to "play off" the tartness of the Fage yogurt. I'd be curious to hear any suggestions.

(And in particular, wondering if anyone has any experience using maple syrup, powdered sugar (maybe the cornstarch in it would add body to the end product?) or granulated brown sugar (I'm not really clear on what granulation does, but some recipe' specify it.)

(And FYI, Trader Joe's now has (reasonably priced) Maple Sugar (just dried up maple syrup)--I'm eager to try it as soon as there is another good ice cream day in New England....)

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  1. Really? i thought that Fage was just too thick to make frozen yogurt out of it. How much sugar do you use?

    Anyway, I would guess the finest sugar you can find. I image that the finer the sugar is, the easier it will dissolve, and the creamier the frozen yogurt will be. I've heard of thickening regular ice cream, so i don't see why powdered sugar wouldn't work. What's wrong with trying it out? You'll only be wasting extremely expensive yogurt.

    1. What about trying honey or agave nectar? I think the complex sweetness would be lovely. And even if it were swirled in as opposed to dissolved, that might be nice too!

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      1. re: lainekerr

        The other good thing about honey is that it is what is traditionally used to sweeten Greek yogurt, so it would have the right underlying flavor.