Friday, March 29, 2013
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt and a giveaway with Urban Dazzle
I was lucky I grew up in a city that had a lot of ice cream. I mean lots of flavours to choose from. I remember going to Nirulas with my grandfather, where we had 21 (21!!!) flavours to choose from. Most times, he'd let us taste a few before deciding on what we'd want to eat. Other times, he'd just get us our favourite. And sometimes he'd let us order a pineapple soda pop.
With my father though, my ice cream experience was always very different. He was a lot more sure of his tastes, so he'd make us try new flavours. But nine times out of ten, he'd get mango or coffee for himself. By the time I was 10 I was pretty certain what I liked best - Mint Chocolate Chip. I loved the bits of chocolate chunks that popped in your mouth while you were actually licking a lovely peppermint flavoured ice cream. It was only in my teens that I had discovered the Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae. Or the HCF.
But that was when we went out. At home, we'd always get a brick of Vanilla ice cream and sometimes if my mom was feeling like making milkshakes, strawberry. You see, unlike most young kids, we weren't particular strawberry ice cream fans. My sister liked chocolate or coffee, but mostly wanted nothing sweet. And I was happy with a soda pop or a cone of mint chocolate chip. But strawberry milkshake we made an exception for.
And there was a reason for it. Pop Tates made them. No, not in Delhi. But in the Archie comic books. Remember the ones Jughead loved? So enamoured were the both of us with the comic book, that we'd want to eat burger and fries whenever we went out. But that was a lifetime ago.
My mother's strawberry milkshake was nothing but really cold milk, some strawberry ice cream and a bit of sugar, but in the heat of Delhi, standing in front of the cooler and sipping the milkshake, just made it worth the while.
A couple of days ago, I ended up buying a 10 boxes of strawberries at Rs 30 a pop. A froze a whole lot of them, and then decided to use some to make a frozen yogurt. I'd found David Lebovitz's recipe a few days earlier and it had been in my head.
But I was lazy, I didn't particularly want to use my ice cream maker, so while I followed his recipe more or less, I just didn't bother churning it. Which turned out to be fine, but it did leave a few crystals. I should have blended it a couple of times, but really it turned out just fine.
Made from fresh strawberries and thick yogurt, this is an amazing dessert or even something that can be thrown into a smoothie. Soaking the berries overnight in a bit of vodka and sugar really made them sublime. I made a smoothie with it this morning and it turned out so strawberried! Make!
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
From David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop. Available in India, US and UK
450g strawberries, rinsed and hulled
2/3 cup sugar
optional: 2 teaspoons vodka or kirsch
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1. Slice the strawberries into small pieces. Toss in a bowl with the sugar and vodka or kirsch (if using) until the sugar begins to dissolve. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring every so often.
2. Transfer the strawberries and their juice to a blender or food processor. Add the yogurt and fresh lemon juice. Pulse the machine until the mixture is smooth. If you wish, press mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any seeds.
3. Chill for 1 hour, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Anddddddd... Announcing a new giveaway. See these lovely pie dishes, that the fro-yo is on? That's what you're going to get:
Called the Fruit Plates, these a-mazing. They double up as pie-dishes, fruit tart plates, ice cream servers, creme brulee ramekins- oh I could go on. Bottom line is, they are extremely versatile. So here's the deal to get these awesome ceramics:
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4. Click on this link and leave a comment on my blog about which Ceramic you like from Urban Dazzle
The giveaway closes midnight April 7, 2013. So go ahead, like, follow and comment. Oh and this giveaway is open to everyone across India. In case you'd like to participate, and do not live here, please send me an address in India where this can be shipped to.