Fro-yo is something I've been meaning to tackle, but was daunted. Yogurt can be too watery, too icy, too tart. It's tough to work with without a thousand artificial ingredients to bolster its consistency, so I wanted to get it right.
I also wanted it to be simple, so I started with the basics, thinking I'd move up to more complex recipes from there.
After making this recipe though, I'm not sure there's any need to change a thing. It's perfection. Slightly tart, very sweet, perfectly creamy -- and just three ingredients.
Yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. No really - that's it!
As you can imagine, you can substitute or add anything to this base. Blend up some strawberries to add, replace real sugar with a substitute (or honey), add some mix-ins or chocolate syrup.
The only change I wouldn't suggest is making it fat-free. I think that even a lower-fat yogurt will give you an icier soft serve texture, which ... at that point you could start adding thickeners and binding agents (xantham gum or milk powder, perhaps), but you lose the simplicity.
Keep in mind that yogurt is tart, and tends to destroy sweeteners, so using more sugar than you think you need is advised. This recipe was perfectly bright and just sweet enough - it was devoured in seconds by everyone in the office.
Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Recipe
- 3 cups whole milk plain yogurt (could use Greek, but it will be more tart)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup sugar
- Blend all ingredients together in a bowl using a whisk; pour into Ice Cream Depot SX1000.
In the Ice Cream Depot
- For the entire batch, set the ICD to 12.