Homemade Frozen Yogurt Recipes

French vanilla, raspberry, carob, peach, honey-lemon, coffee and desert oasis frozen yogurt recipes, and how to make yogurt at home.

| July/August 1984

Frozen yogurt ... the tangy treat that was practically unheard of only a few years ago is now a summertime staple in many American kitchens. It's easy to see why: Not only does the iced confection taste great, but it's chock-full of protein, calcium, and healthful lactobacillus bacteria. What's more, a serving of frozen yogurt contains only half the calories present in an equal portion of ice cream.

With that many nutritional pluses, it's not surprising that frozen yogurt has achieved such phenomenal popularity in so short a time. There's hardly a town that doesn't boast a "soft-serve" outlet ... and the product is also available in hard-frozen form at most supermarkets. You haven't really tasted frozen yogurt at its best, though, until you've enjoyed some that you made yourself.

Homemade frozen yogurt is even easier to prepare than ice cream ... it can be produced for a third the cost of the store-bought brands ... and it lacks the stabilizers, emulsifiers, preservatives, antioxidants, and "imitation" ingredients that inevitably find their way into the commercial concoctions. (In fact, you might be surprised to know that many of the frozen yogurt products on the market contain "dead" rather than viable bacteria, thus reducing the health benefits of the dessert. And because regulations for frozen yogurt have not been standardized, even the amount of yogurt present in commercial brands varies considerably.) And by making your own yogurt to start with, you'll be able to regulate what goes into your dessert from the cow—or goat—onward. Best of all, you'll be able to prepare any flavor of frozen yogurt that you've a hankering for, instead of limiting your taste buds to a few varieties in your grocer's freezer.

The following frozen yogurt recipes are some of our favorites. In most cases, whole milk yogurt is specified because it imparts a richer, smoother taste and texture to the dessert than does low fat yogurt. But you can use low-fat or even nonfat yogurt if you prefer ... though you'll probably need to add a thickener, such as gelatin or beaten egg whites, to give the yogurt the proper consistency. Also, because tartness is part of the charm of frozen yogurt, these recipes call for a minimal amount of sweetener ... and whenever possible, natural sweeteners—such as fruit juices—are employed. Each of the recipes makes about a quart of frozen yogurt unless otherwise noted.

After sampling a few of these concoctions, you'll probably want to expand your gastronomic horizons and come up with your own taste designed favorites. Whatever variations you devise, however, we think you'll agree that homemade frozen yogurt makes for simply scrumptious summertime fare.

Frozen Yogurt Recipes

French Vanilla Frozen Yogurt 

12/22/2007 1:13:10 PM

Hi, thanks so much for all your yummy recipes. I thought i would put my two cents worth in and let you know how i make my yogurt. Easy. All i do is to use as much milk as you need and just bring it to the boil in any saucepan,then simmer for about five minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool just enough so that you can stick your little in finger in without burning it {just warm}, then mix a little yogurt with some of the cooled milk and add to the milk that you have poured into any type of containers by the way. Cover with a lid and then the secret, wrap the yogurt up in as many blankets as you can find and leave overnight to set. That's it. Perfect yogurt. Enjoy.

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