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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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:

1. Like Urban Dazzle's Facebook page
2. Follow Urban Dazzle on Twitter
3. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus
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.




29 comments:

  1. Perfect way to chill with this fro-yo and fairly healthy too :)
    I prefer the boozy version ;)

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  2. Love love love the pretty pictures. Because I"m from the dinosaur age, I did Nirulas all the time from school. 21 love was a flavour that intrigued us forever, nd thr hot choc fudge was to die for. What a nostalgic post, nd whas a fun giveaway. I love white ceramics, though hv tajen a shine to your pink nd white plate too. Purty!"!!

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  3. I been eyeing them at urban dazzle since the baked curd n granola at your place. I found them at a good price too but then some people are without a permanent home for a while now.where will I keep them?

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  4. Strawberry is my favorite.....your looks so yum....Urban Dazzle had been my fav online destination store these days...

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  5. love the strawberry frozen yogurt.............

    i like all of the Devnow ceramics in the Urban Dazzle..........

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  6. Done everything but the Facebook stuff! Love the recipe:) Will try soon..... I love love love to get the Ice cream servers or the Creme Brulee ramekins :0 Wish me Luck <3

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  7. Hey this ice-cream is something which I wanna have right now. Can't bear the Bangalore heat.
    I am following all the 4 rules of the giveaway and liked "Alla Moda Ribbed Ramekin 3.8inches".

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  8. Love the loads of strawberries in the healthy frozen yogurt and so loving the ceramic pie dishes. Done with all the liking and following:) I would like to have the Leaf ribbed snack plate

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  9. Yummy with strawberry flavor.
    Liked the both pages.
    Following on twitter.
    Liked Apetitoso Ribbed Fruit Plate 12.5cm

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  10. your food memories make for wonderful read...and make me go back to mine..have fond memories of nirula's and used to go there so much!!!

    loving the giveaway and am follwing urbandazzle and you everywhere except google plus (since its going to be shut soon!!)..hope that doesnt disqualify me :)

    what i would love from the giveaway is apetitoso fruit plate - http://www.urbandazzle.com/apetitoso-ribbed-fruit-plate-12-5cm.html

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  11. Its yumm!! Have made it a couple of times. My son just loves it. But your click is awesome!! Nirula's mention made me nostalgic too. Can u beat it 21 was my favourite flavour too. I also loved their paneer jalapeño pizza, I forget what it was called. I love all of Devnow 's collection but would love to have their pie dish 4 inches. I hope I win this time.

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  12. I love frozen yogurt and I am tempted to have some right now but the Doc has given a thumbs down for cold / cool stuffs for a few days.Lovely clicks :)
    And the giveaway is awesome. Liked UD on facebook n following uD on twitter. I am already your fan in FB and following u thro GFC and G+.
    I love that Assorted Charm 7 Pcs. Serving Set :)

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  13. I just love the colour of it...they look gorgeous!

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  14. Love froyo. It is such a simple dessert to make and I really don't get why people crowd into froyo stores and buy it at exorbitant prices!

    Aparna

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  15. Just entered the giveaway! it is so difficult to pick a favorite among the ceramics. The fruit plates in your photograph seem to be really versatile.

    Aparna

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  16. Simple and a fab recipe... Already following you on fb, twitter and now on Google plus too. Following urban dazzle in fb and twitter. Love the Elegance gravy boat from urban dazzles...

    Keep blogging

    Shobana Arunkumar
    shobskitchen.blogspot.in

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  17. Entering the giveaway!
    Adored the Bel Ribbed Ceramic Cups, have got so many dessert ideas just looking at it!

    Love FroYo!

    Aishwarya :)

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  18. Following you in FB and google. Following Urbandazzle in FB too... Loved these cute Fruit plates the most.

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  19. I like them on Facebook as Lle Schreiber

    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

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  20. I follow them on Twitter as @LiveLearnEat

    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

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  21. Hi
    I am joining again! facebook :anusha puri
    twitter :@nami_shopaholic
    google plus :anusha
    I loved that Fascino Delicato Serving Set

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  22. I looove the green and black ramekins but what I love more are the Assorted Charm 7 Pcs. Serving Set, what a great set to serve starters at parties!

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  23. What brand of ice cream maker do you use Ruchira? I think its high time to invest in one!

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  24. wow..I want those white cute pie dishes..but I know they wont come to me :-(

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  25. Those pie dishes looks abs beautiful!! love them!!

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  26. And I liked Peony salad plates at UD :-)

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  27. I've made Strawberry ice cream and its setting in the freezer! Isn't David Lebovitz just such a genius?? Awesome!!

    Love the pics..

    Oh! And I love the Assorted Charm 7 pcs. Serving Set from Urban Dazzle :)

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  28. Hi Ruchira!

    Didn't even realize Cookaroo is your brainchild! Have been an email subscriber for some time now. You responded about waffles on Home Bakers Guild in Facebook remember?

    I'd love these set of 6 ceramic pie plates or Alla Moda Ribbed Ramekin 3.8 inches Set Of 6, or Pristino Ribbed Ramekin 4.5 inches Set Of 6. I bought a smaller set of ramekins last time, and they were too small :) Have ofcourse liked you and Urbandazzle on facebook already! Don't use Twitter and G+ yet!

    Btw, your strawberry yoghurt looks just fab, sitting in hot n' sultry Chennai!

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  29. Hi Ruchira!

    Just now realized your blog is Cookaroo. You responded to my question on waffle makers on Facebook remember. Have been an email subscriber of your blog updates for a while now.

    I'd love to get these set of 6 pie plates or Alla Moda Ribbed Ramekin 3.8 inches Set Of 6. Bought a smaller set last time, and they turned out to be too tiny :)

    Have of course already followed you and UD on FB. Don't use Twitter or G+ yet! Just Fab looking Strawberry yogurt! Perfect for the Chennai heat!

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