June 28, 2008

Think Pink - Sour Cherry Frozen Yogurt

This year's bounty of sour cherries were turned into some fantastic, colorful, sweet and savory concoctions.

First, I got a batch of Liqueur de Griottes started, then made several jars of Griotte Cherries with Bay Leaf and Sour Cherry Compote. Then, just as I was about to make a tub of Sour Cherry Gelato, I stumbled across a recipe for David Lebovitz's Strawberry Frozen Yogurt and decided to try the same thing with some of the sour cherries.

The result was amazing!

I cooked the griottes a bit first, then cooled them down before adding plain yogurt and churning in the ice cream maker. The cherries released juices that turned gorgeously, vibrantly pink. The flavor was both sweet and tangy...just perfect for summer.

Sour Cherry Frozen Yogurt
makes about 1 quart

1 pound sour cherries, washed and pitted
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Put the cherries in a heavy pan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the cherries give up their juice.
If you want a smooth texture, place the cherries in a blender or food processor, pulsing several times. (I left mine whole.)
Stir in the sugar and let sit, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Stir in the lemon juice and the yogurt and make sure everything is well blended.
Place in the refrigerator for an hour then freeze in an ice cream maker according to its manufacturer's instructions.

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wcs said...

No such luck up north. We had a good cherry year last year. This year, rien.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

How delicious and what a gorgeous colour...yes your right, just perfect for the summer :-)

francetales.com said...

Just yesterday I took out my ice cream machine. I bought one in the states just before we moved and I never used it. I had the most delicious handmade sorbet here in Toulouse but it was so expensive so I broke out the ice cream maker. This looks so good, I'm going to try it, but right now I await my lemon strawberry sorbet.

Loulou said...

They disappeared quickly but we had a good, short season.
I am thinking of trying it with apricots or peaches next.

It is a fantastic recipe! You should try with other fruit if you can't get cherries.

Lemon Strawberry sorbet sounds so good right now. It's 95 degrees out there and I could use something cold and refreshing!
Hope you like the frozen yogurt when you try it.

Half Baked said...

yum yum the color of that yogurt is fantastic and it sounds even better!

Loulou said...

half baked
It was so, so good!
You have to try it!

hannah said...

i have two trees in my garden of sour cherries - I was totally unsure as to how to use them, your ice cream sounds divine - but i am thinking maybe a vodka liquer....i'll keep you posted...lovely blog.

Chez Loulou said...

Yes, please let me know how the liqueur turns out! I love making cordials and apéro drinks from fruit.
You have a lovely blog. Love the header photo!

Jeanette Schmidt said...

I love the frozen yogurt since the yogurt is naturally tart. Furthermore, frozen yogurt is a lot easier to make than custard-based ice creams, but can still be quite creamy and smooth.Very delicious!