Tangy Frozen Greek Yogurt

Let me tell you how lucky I've been lately. You know how a little while ago I won an awesome cookbook from JennaLaughs? Well, just a few weeks ago I won some Cabot cheese from Fitting Back In. Believe me, you'll be hearing more about that when the cheese comes because I'm a huge fan of Cabot cheese. Well, after I won the cheese I told my husband I had won two things in a row, and that it was almost not fair to other people to enter contests anymore since I'd win them. He laughed at my confidence in my luck, but I still swore off entering giveaways for the next little while. 

Then I got an e-mail from Dishing the Divine telling me I had won an Amazon gift certificate.

What? I had sworn off entering giveaways! It turns out that Paula from Dishing the Divine had found my site (Through her mom, isn't that awesome? I love sharing recipes with my mom.) and I checked out hers and really liked it. We've got similar tastes, and I love finding new blogs to follow. (To other food bloggers that read this site - you all are so creative and give me such great ideas!) Anyway, since I love when people "like" me on Facebook, I made sure to "like" her site, and that's when I unwittingly entered the giveaway. To everyone else that entered the giveaway, I'm sorry. You were no match against my lucky streak. I will try not to enter future giveaways for the sake of fairness. For the record though, I crazy love Amazon and I'm pretty excited that I won the gift certificate. (Thank you, Paula!)

It turns out we are all in luck, though, because I put the gift certificate toward an ice cream maker. Woo hoo! I've never had one before and I'm super excited about it. Expect all kinds of delicious ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt treats to show up on here in the coming months. The ice cream maker came this weekend and I've already been busy churning up all kinds of recipes. So far the one that I was super excited about trying  (cheesecake ice cream) turned out to be a little sour and not-so-tasty so I'm looking for a better recipe. (Any suggestions?) The surprise hit of the weekend, though, was this Tangy Frozen Greek Yogurt, and I was so excited about it I just couldn't wait to share it with you. 

Are you a fan of Greek-style yogurt? I love the stuff. I love how thick and creamy it is and the extra flavor that it has compared with regular yogurt. I'm one of those weird people who actually likes plain regular yogurt, so the extra tang in the Greek yogurt is one of my favorite parts. It's delicious with fruit or just some honey, but just wait until you try it in a frozen yogurt. It's amazing! I love this recipe because it's smooth and creamy, but still retains that delicious tanginess. It has just enough lemon juice in it to give a hint of flavor but not so much that it would interfere with any fruit or other topping you might want to put on top. It's simple to make and the only bad part is waiting for each step to cool so you can get to the finished product. If you like Greek-style yogurt, this frozen yogurt is for you.

Tangy Frozen Greek Yogurt

  • 1 cup sugar (this recipe is fairly sweet. Cut this to 3/4 cup if you want it less sweet.)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups plain whole-milk Greek-style yogurt (2% works, too)
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk (no substitutions here)
  • 5 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Equipment: an ice cream maker

  • Warm sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a large bowl and cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Whisk in yogurt, buttermilk, and lemon juice and chill until very cold, 3 to 6 hours.

Freeze yogurt in ice cream maker. Transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to firm up.

Recipe Source: Gourmet, August 2009

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