Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Homemade Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. – Carl Reiner 

Creamy and blueberry-y. Mmmm...

You wouldn’t think it by the weather in Nova Scotia, but spring starts today. Nice way to welcome it. I hope it wore long johns.

We’re in the middle of a spate of bad, cold weather right now, but it can’t last. Can it?

When spring actually does feel like spring we will all be rushing to our balconies and verandas and enjoying all the treats associated with with warmer weather.

Making ice cream is most certainly one. But have you ever thought about freezing yogurt at home, if you just happen to have some hanging around?

My homemade yogurt. Blueberry at left, coconut at right.
I actually made a batch of yogurt about a week ago and set aside half especially for this. 

There are many things still among the missing after the move, but one we actually found had been lost for years: the Donvier ice cream maker.

A Donvier is a hand crank machine that uses a chilled cylinder to freeze your ice cream (or in this case yogurt). You don’t crank constantly, far from it, and it still only takes between 20-30 minutes. A real dream to use.

There is one drawback when freezing yogurt. It tends to become "icy.". It’s not “creamy” like ice cream. Ice cream usually starts with a custard base made from milk and eggs. So you have to fake it somehow with yogurt. 

After reading several sources I settled for a two prong approach. First, add some cream, and second, a little alcohol. The cream is a no-brainer, but the alcohol was from left field. Apparently it helps stop the yogurt from becoming a completely frozen block.

So that’s what I did.

You can use “store-bought” yogurt, but you should try making some at home. It’s very rewarding and healthy. I believe it ranks right up there with making your own bread.

This was really good frozen yogurt. There’s nothing like homemade, and it’s kind of gilding the lilly to make your own yogurt and then freeze it. The other half of my yogurt recipe was turned into coconut. I bet that would make fine frozen yogurt too!

If you’re interested, here’s how to make your own homemade yogurt. It’s extremely easy.

I can hardly wait for fresh Nova Scotia fruit to start hitting the shelves. First up... strawberries.

Homemade Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
Time: 25 minutes
4 cups homemade blueberry yogurt
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp honey
1 or 2 tbsp rum or vodka

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

If using a Donvier, remove the freezing cylinder from your freezer, place in the housing and add in the paddle attachment. Only then pour in your yogurt mixture. It will start to freeze immediately.

Attach the cover and crank handle. Crank for about 20 seconds. then let the machine sit for about 3 minutes. Repeat cranking for about 3-4 turns only.

Continue until the mixture freezes, about 20-30 minutes. Place in a container and freeze.

Of course, if using a different ice cream maker, follow manufacturer’s directions.


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