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Friday, September 12, 2014

Frozen Peach Yogurt

Although ice cream and frozen yogurt tend to be more summery treats there’s absolutely no reason not to enjoy them year round. Our ice cream maker does its share of work no matter what season of the year it happens to be.

There is however something to be said about making homemade ice treats during the summer months.  Perhaps the availability of fresh fruit and berries has something to do with it or it could be that certain satisfaction of indulging on a hot summer’s day.

Summer will officially be over in less than two weeks along with the delicious baskets of seasonal peaches.  It was now or wait until next year to try this new Frozen Peach Yogurt recipe. Passing up the chance of making it with this year’s sweet peaches would surely bring regrets!

Perhaps this will be the last hurrah for this year’s peach recipes!… we’ll just eat the rest!

Frozen Peach Yogurt

4 cups peeled and diced fresh peaches
½ cup super fine sugar (fruit sugar)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups plain yogurt
¾ cup whipping cream whipped to soft peaks.
  1. Puree peaches in blender until smooth.
  2. Add sugar, lemon juice and vanilla and continue blending until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add yogurt and pulse blender until yogurt is mixed in and smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into a bowl and fold in the whipped cream.
  5. Process mixture in an ice cream maker following manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Remove frozen yogurt from ice cream machine and store in the freezer until firm, at least 3 hours.

Since this recipe did not state the yield of frozen yogurt I assumed it was the correct quantity of mixture for my 1 1/2 quart ice cream machine. This was not the case as  it was too much.  The recipe has been adjusted in order to accommodate a 1 1/2 quart capacity machine. 

3 ½ cups peeled diced fresh peaches
½ cup superfine sugar (no adjustment as it can use a little more sugar)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (no adjustment)
1 teaspoon vanilla (no adjustment)
1 ½ cups plain yogurt
½ cup whipping cream (measure then whip)

Proceed with above method of preparation.

Notes, Tips and Suggestions
  • Store frozen yogurt in a non-reactive container, plastic is best.
  • Will add ½ teaspoon of almond extract next time to enhance the peach flavour.
  • unless this is enjoyed within 4 to 5 hours of making it freezes quite solid and will require removal from freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving or until soft enough to scoop out. 
  • A better idea would be to freeze in smaller portions if not intending to use it all at once. This way it will be easier to soften before eating and avoid softening the whole container just to get a couple of scoops.

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