In my earlier recipes for frozen yogurts, I describe draining regular (non-Greek-style) yogurt to eliminate the liquid. But today I decided to save a step and just buy some organic Greek-style yogurt. Either way works. I put two tablespoons of rum in this batch, as an experiment, and must say I prefer it with just a single tablespoon. With two, the rum is a bit overpowering. Of course, if you're one who likes to be overpowered by rum ...
What's your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt flavor?
Chocolate-Banana Frozen Yogurt
(Makes about 5 cups)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound very ripe bananas (about 2 large or 3 medium), peeled and cut into 1/2 -inch rounds
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon dark rum, optional
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup milk (I use organic 2%)
1 3/4 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the bananas and sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook over medium heat, turning once or twice, until caramelized, about 10 minutes. Stir in the rum; remove from heat. With potato masher or large dinner fork, mash the bananas as finely as possible (there should be just small chunks).
2 In medium bowl (I use a 2-quart glass measure), whisk together sugar, cocoa and salt. Gradually whisk in milk, smoothing out any lumps.
3 Add banana puree, yogurt and vanilla extract; whisk until thoroughly mixed and sugar is dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 8 hours or overnight.
4 Assemble the Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream-Sorbet Maker; turn it on. While it is running, pour the chilled mixture through the spout. Let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Or follow the directions for whichever brand ice cream maker you have. If you have a KitchenAid, you can use their KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment.
5 Transfer the soft frozen yogurt to a freezer-safe airtight container and place in freezer for at least 4 hours. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.
Note: Here is my review of the Cuisinart ICE-21. For more ice cream, sherbet and frozen yogurt recipes, go to the Recipes index page.