Melissa's Cuisine: Strawberry Peach Frozen Yogurt

Monday, July 23, 2012

Strawberry Peach Frozen Yogurt


In case you haven't noticed, it's hot outside.  Like 100 degrees hot.  In Michigan.  I love summer and warm temperatures but this is a little crazy!  In the past month, 26 days have been around or above 90 degrees.  Our normal average high is 82 degrees.  We are not used to this kind of heat! 
As you can imagine, with the temperatures this high, I have been trying to not use my oven.  We have central air conditioning, but why make it work harder than it has to?

That's where this month's Secret Recipe Club recipe comes into play.  I was assigned to Christine's Kitchen Chronicles.  Christine learned how to cook because she had no choice (eat or die, right?), and she learned to love cooking.  She has so many fantastic looking recipes on her blog--perfect recipes for an everyday cook.  I browsed through Christine's site looking for recipes that didn't require turning my oven on.

Secret Recipe Club

I came across quite a few delicious looking foods before settling on her fabulous looking Strawberry Peach Frozen Yogurt.  I love frozen yogurt but it's so expensive to buy at a fro-yo shop.  For less than it would cost for Mike and I to go out for fro-yo, I made my very own at home. 

This frozen yogurt was delicious!  The flavors of the strawberries and peaches really shined through. I loved the thick and creamy texture of the fro-yo after it had melted a little bit.  I served this with some cake for a friend's birthday last week and it was a huge hit.  Thanks for a great recipe, Christine!

Strawberry Peach Frozen Yogurt

Makes 1 quart

3 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups fresh strawberries, diced
2 medium peaches, pitted and diced
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoon vodka
2 teaspoons lemon juice

1.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, sugar, and vanilla extract.

2.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

3.  In a separate bowl, combine the diced strawberries, diced peaches, sugar, vodka, and lemon juice.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

4.  Place the yogurt mixture in the bowl of your ice cream maker and churn according the the manufacturer's directions.

5.  After 15 minutes, add in the fruit mixture and churn until completely combined.

Serve immediately for soft-serve frozen yogurt. 

If desired, pour the churned mixture into an air-tight container and freeze until ready to serve.  This will yield a hard-serve yogurt.  I recommend letting it sit on the counter at least 15 minutes before attempting to scoop it!

*The vodka can be eliminated if desired.  Its purpose is to prevent the frozen yogurt from freezing rock solid, but I found it did not really help.  My yogurt was still incredibly hard after being frozen.

Source:  Christine's Kitchen Chronicles

What is your favorite frozen treat?

23 comments:

  1. This looks divine! Going to have to try this with all the heat :)

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  2. I know what you mean about heat! Its been 105° where I live. Your yogurt looks like a nice cold treat on a hot day. My ice cream maker is calling....

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe and great minds must think alike since I made Pineapple "Ice Cream" for this SRC reveal!

    I agree it's crazy to pay those high prices for froyo when you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost :). As for the vodka, I wanted to revisit that next time I make this...I'm wondering if perhaps there wasn't enough to have an effect because mine got really hard on freezing, too. Alternatively, the texture is perfect after you first churn it so I guess you can use that as an excuse to eat it all in a single sitting ;).

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  4. July is ice cream month, isn't it? A perfect treat for hot weather! This looks wonderful...strawberries and peaches are perfect together!! Great SRC choice.

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  5. Love the addition of vodka. Will have to give this one a whirl :)

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  6. I love homemade ice-cream and yogurt recipes. I love all the variety this month amongst bloggers.

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  7. Melissa I love this look amazing!

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  8. Love the vodka in this! It looks amazing and sounds so good! I've been making a lot of ice cream this year and I'm pretty sure that this kind is next!

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  9. OMG this sounds so good!! Strawberry, peach & vodka?!?! Yes please!! Yumm!!

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  10. Another cream treat to add to my list, my ice cream freezer is going to be busy! And I feel you on the rock hard yogurt, I've added vodka every time and it still won't scoop unless I let it sit out.

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  11. Wish it were 82 degrees here! :) I think it was 102! So, perfect weather for this treat. Great SRC choice.

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  12. Yeah, we hit 102º here in Indiana today...so frozen yogurt would have hit the spot. I love the peach strawberry combo...and your food styling is beautiful~ Excellent SRC pick!

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  13. I have to try this at home as I cannot get sugar free frozen yoghurt here :)

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  14. What a very beautiful delicious healthy food up there! :O
    I can't stop drooling now :D
    We'd like to invite you to submit your strawberry peach frozen yogurt photos on a Food Photography site so our readers can enjoy your creations.
    It is absolutely free and fun to make others hungry!

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  15. Oh my deliciousness! A perfect summer treat...thanks for making me crave ice cream now!

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  16. This looks like it could easily be made into a sugar free version (or at least with no refined sugar) - so I will have to try it. Craving ice cream right now!

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  17. This looks so refreshing. I would love a bowl right now!

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  18. Oh my heck. My husband and I LOVE frozen yogurt. I would seriously hate to know how much money we have spent on it in our life. Haha I've never thought about making it though. This recipe looks FABULOUS! I can't wait to try it. New follower :)

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  19. I don't think you could have made a better pick than this. Perfect for summer and I love those flavors.

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  20. This looks yummy. We got an ice cream maker this year and now I am obsessed with ice cream recipes!

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  21. Looks so yummy, I love frozen yogurt :)

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  22. I enjoyed reading your work. I'll come back for more

    Keep up the good work :) from TheStillery, a stuart bar in Florida

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