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Frozen Yogurt Recipe

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

Ingredients:

- 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)

Directions:

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!

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