Monday, June 11, 2012

Frozen Delight For Summer Night

Ever since mom and dad got here, we have been having a gala time planning meals, grocery shopping, cooking together and sitting in the backyard, reminiscing the good ol' days over dinner. The summer night breeze goes great with a veggie flat-bread pizza, a yummy sandwich with homegrown basil pesto, tacos or burritos or a simple rice and daal dinner. I pride in cooking healthy ; but I've been making an extra effort to cook low-cal to suit my mom's diabetic diet. Eat whatever you want, a summer meal enjoyed in the backyard warrants a dessert though; and what's better than some ice-cream? Mom doesn't care much for sweets, but ice-cream is something she loves and misses having; especially since sugar-free, fat-free ice-creams are still rare to find in India. So I turned to a much healthier and just as satisfying option to sate her craving - Frozen Yogurt. A delicious dessert to indulge in on a summer night without all that guilt.

Frozen yogurt is ridiculously easy to make as long as you have an ice-cream/FroYo maker. You just need some thick, strained yogurt and your favorite fruit for flavoring. Sugar is optional. You can also buy Greek yogurt; but I find straining yogurt just as simple as picking up a Greek yogurt container from the grocery store. Just hang some plain (low-fat or regular) yogurt in a cheese cloth for 3-4 hours and you are done. You can use a variety of fruits, such as berries, mangoes, nectarines, to make the frozen yogurt interesting. If you are a chocolate person, go for some good quality chocolate chips. I used apricots this time since my mom loves them, and they turned out to be a great choice. Apricots have that gorgeous mango color and the flesh is juicy, sweet and slightly tart. Whatever your choice of fruit may be, you are less than 5 ingredients away from this frozen treat!

Apricot Frozen Yogurt

1 1/2 Cups strained yogurt/Greek yogurt
4 Apricots
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla essence
2 Tablespoons water
  • Wash, pit, and chop apricots finely. Keep a little less than a 1/4 of the apricots on the side and add the rest to a saucepan.
  • Add honey, vanilla essence and a little bit of water to the saucepan and cook the mixture on low-medium heat for about 5 mins or until the apricots are soft. Vanilla is great to enhance any flavor. Cooking helps bring out the sugars in apricot and the consistency helps mix the fruit well with the yogurt. It gets you that gorgeous color too. If you want sugar in your FroYo, just add it to the fruit while cooking. 
  • Cool the cooked apricot mixture in the fridge for a few minutes and mix it with the yogurt. Add the remaining uncooked apricots as well. The uncooked fruit added a great bite. 
  • Put this mixture in an ice-cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions. 
There, you have a gorgeous looking, wonderful tasting, absolutely no-guilt dessert for a lovely summer night!


Anonymous said...

loved this post.

Anonymous said...

All your recipes look absolutely delicious and pretty easy to follow. Nothing complicated or too fancy but the outcome is amazing!
Simplicity is what I loved the most..

Looking forward to trying all the dishes one by one.
Will leave further comments as I go on.

Snehal said...

@purevegetarianbites: Thank you!
@Anonymous: Thank you so much! I save all the fancy cooking for special occasions. These simple dishes are what we can go to on a regular basis. Do let me know how your dishes turn out. Would love to get some input.


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