Wow, two years since having this blog and this is the first frozen treat I've made!
And I only realized this because this does not fall under the category of kneading, baking or cooking. Hmm, I sense a flaw in my recipes section. But, I'll figure that out at another point in time.
Looking back, this is actually the second frozen treat on this blog. Technically, I made these ice cream sandwiches two years ago but the bulk of the recipe was baking and the ice cream was of the store bought variety.
Frozen yogurt brings back memories of high school in Hawaii and going to Yogurtland after school with friends. It was such a treat. I, of course would go the all chocolate route. Chocolate froyo with Heath bar bits, chocolate chips, malt balls and M&Ms all hopefully at an appropriate weight of pure goodness. You would rarely ever find fruit in one of my frozen yogurt concoctions.
Since Kristen moved back to Hawaii and left me to take care of her ice cream maker (read: use it at your leisure) I've been using it once a month when it is too hot to turn on the oven and I've run out of sweet treats plus have enough freezer space. While being stuck alone with a whole bunch of ice cream sounds like the best idea ever, I chose to be good and go the more healthy route with some frozen yogurt.
A key part of this recipe is to blanch the nectarines. When I was younger and when Food Network was actually educational, I thought blanching stone fruit or tomatoes was just a foofy technique for people who were didn't like the skin on fruit. After learning and watching it being performed in action last summer, I was amazed. How could fruit skin peel away so easily?? But, I guess that is the whole point. So, take the time to blanch your fruit for this frozen yogurt. Btw, this is a good tutorial.
Technically an ice cream maker is not needed for this recipe since we aren't trying to churn air into liquid cream. But, I wanted to see if it made any difference. Sadly, this science failed because I churned all of it and forgot to leave some aside to just freeze immediately.
The gist of this recipe is to flavor your own yogurt (which you can eat as is) or additionally freeze it and turn it into frozen yogurt. Making your own flavored yogurt is actually pretty easy. I think I will partake in it more in the future.
This Nectarine Frozen Yogurt is slightly tangy from the yogurt and nectarines but sweet and creamy like good ol' ice cream. The addition of nectarine bits is my favorite and is best eaten as a late afternoon snack when the sun is still blazing and it's too hot to start thinking about dinner.
And yes, I totally had some for breakfast, too.
Nectarine Frozen Yogurt
Yields: 8 servings