It’s been a pretty odd week here in Chicago. Between the appearance of a cougar (!) in a north side neighborhood not far from Wrigley Field to a very bad (even worse than usual!!) week for the CTA to a freaking earthquake (!!!), things have definitely been strange. So, this weekend, I think it’s best we keep this niiice and simple. And what’s more simple than plain ol’ vanilla, right?
But, while this frozen yogurt is certainly plain ol’ vanilla flavored, it’s anything but run-of-the-mill. If the term “frozen yogurt” conjures up visions of styrofoam cups filled with florescent pink, artificially flavored swirls, all topped off with a liberal amount of gummy bears, then prepare to have your mind blown by this more natural, more grown up and more interesting version of frozen yogurt. Don’t worry, though: you can still call it FroYo.
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I’ve swooned over Fage yogurt (a Greek yogurt that you can find in an increasing number of markets; I just noticed it at the Jewel in my neighborhood) on this blog more than once, so I’ll spare you another reverie today. Just know that Fage (or any other Greek yogurt) will be the base of this frozen yogurt. From there, you sweeten the yogurt up ever so slightly with a teensy bit of sugar, infuse it with vanilla and let your ice cream maker do its thing. A quick word to the wise: try to resist the temptation to taste-test the mixture before putting it in the ice cream maker; doing so will lead you to taste-test number 2, 3, 4 and before you know it, you will eat the entire mixture and have to start from scratch.
And, as good as this yogurt is pre-freeze, it’s even better once it’s magically transformed into FroYo. First, it’s gorgeous: pristinely white, flecked with delicate vanilla beans and voluptuous. Then, there’s the texture, which is nothing like the cylindrical stuff that comes out of the lever-ed machine. This frozen yogurt is cool and creamy, but with thickness and body. Last but not least, it’s absolutely delicious: tangy and tart and refreshing and perfumed with vanilla. It will not leave you wanting for gummy bears. In fact, I’m kind of torn about topping it at all. It’s probably best unadulterated.
2 cups fat free Greek yogurt (such as Fage 0%)
1 cup full fat Greek yogurt (such as Fage Total)
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
beans craped from 1 split vanilla bean
Combine the yogurts, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the vanilla beans are well distributed. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an ice cream maker. Run the ice cream maker according to its directions.
I think the yogurt has the best texture when it’s just out of the ice cream maker. But you can also transfer the frozen yogurt to a covered container and store it in the freezer (and it’s still quite good).