With the heat of the summer upon us, it’s the perfect time for ice cream and frozen yogurt! Last year, I blogged about our frozen yogurt recipe here and how wonderful it is being able to make our own frozen yogurt whenever we want with our Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment. We wanted to experiment with some different flavours, so we tried making a lychee frozen yogurt since lychee is so sweet, refreshing and light. We’ve made this lychee frozen yogurt many times for our friends and family, and they all absolutely love it! Some have asked for the recipe, so I thought I might as well blog about it!
Ryan and I got married in September 2010. Our wedding photographers, Anthony & Rina of Infused Studios did some one year anniversary photoshoots with us in November - December 2011 (and hence very much pre-pregnancy! By the way, today is the first day of my third trimester- exciting!!!). They are a very creative team who like to push their boundaries, so they proposed doing a food-themed anniversary shoot centering around our favourite recipes. They shot us prepping different meals, showcasing our life in our new house one year after our wedding! They created a recipe book for us with beautiful images as well as narratives that we wrote on what life is like one year after getting married. This book is such a great keepsake, and we are so thankful to have something so special to help commemorate our one year of marriage! We included our lychee frozen yogurt recipe in our anniversary cookbook, so I thought I would share some images from the shoot with you all!
Check out how smooth our lychee frozen yogurt looks!
Placing a lychee perfectly ontop!
We were joking that this is always how we place lychees ontop of our frozen yogurt…don’t you? ;)
We had a lot of good laughs on our multiple shoots for this anniversary cookbook. Anthony and Rina have become very good friends with us! It’s important to choose wedding photographers that you get along with since they will be spending so much time with you on your big day!
Here is the finished product with a cute little Spring Bunny in the back! This is a very refreshing and light treat :)
If you would like to try making some for yourself, here is the recipe! It is very quick and easy to make. Please refer to my previous frozen yogurt recipe blog post to see step-by-step photos and a description of what particular brand of yogurt we used HERE.
Lychee Frozen Yogurt Recipe
- Two 650 g containers of Greek or Balkan yogurt
- 2 1/4 cups of sugar (adjust to your liking)
- 2 cans of lychee, drained and pureed
1. Mix the yogurt and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Mix in the pureed lychee.
2. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and churn for 30 minutes.
4. Enjoy soft yogurt now or freeze for a couple hours or overnight.
5. Add favourite toppings!
Hope you enjoyed seeing some photos from our anniversary shoot! Let me know if you will be trying out this recipe or if you have some other great frozen yogurt recipes- we are definitely interested in experimenting with different fruits and flavors! Enjoy the summer :D
Whenever I go to California or New York, I always have to stop by Pinkberry to get my frozen yogurt fix. I’ve tried other frozen yogurt places (although I’ve yet to try Yogurtland), but Pinkberry is still my favourite!
Toppings, toppings and more toppings…
On this particular visit, I tried their lychee yogurt with strawberries, mango, and mochi! Oh, how I love the chewiness of mochi :)
I was soo ecstatic when Ryan and I started making our own frozen yogurt after we got the ice cream maker attachment for the Kitchen-Aid mixer. It tastes pretty darn similar, and it’s a whole lot cheaper! Now I can have delicious frozen yogurt whenever I want :) It’s always a hit when we have guests over!
I start off with Greek/Balkan-style yogurt because it is creamer and thicker than normal yogurt. This is the exact brand that I like to use (purchased from Safeway).
You mix sugar and vanilla extract into the yogurt and refrigerate for one hour.
Then your pour the yogurt into the ice cream maker and churn for 30 mins.
Next, you pour it into a container (I like to use a flat one so it’s easier to scoop later on) and freeze it for a few hours. You can actually start eating the yogurt right away if you like it soft, but I like it when it’s firmer.
This is what it looks like after a few hours or overnight, all ready to be scooped!
And now to add our favourite fruits :) I need to figure out how to make mochi to complete this delicious dessert!
Here is my recipe, adapted from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop.
Recipe: Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
- Two 650 g containers of Greek or Balkan style yogurt
- 2 1/4 cups of sugar (adjust to your liking- we like our yogurt sweet!)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (be sure to use real vs. imitation)
1. Mix the yogurt, sugar and vanilla extract together until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and churn for 30 mins.
4. Enjoy soft yogurt now or freeze for a couple of hours or overnight.
5. Add favourite toppings!
It is so simple to make homemade vanilla frozen yogurt, and you can add so many toppings, from fresh fruits to delicious chocolate chips. I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of my ice cream maker as the summer approaches- I can’t wait to try different flavours!