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Sour Cherry Frozen Yogurt

Sour Cherries
Cherries with pits removed
Cherries and sugar, boiling
Cherries, cooling
In the blender. Forgot to snap a shot when I added the yogurt.
Pouring the chilled yogurt and cherry mixture in the ice cream maker
Almost done!
I always fail to take photos of the finished product in a pretty dish.
Sour Cherry Frozen Yogurt (recipe adapted from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop)
3 cups fresh sour cherries
3/4 cup sugar (I used a little less)
2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt (original recipe called for 1 cup, so taste as you add)
3 drops almond extract (measure carefully, this is potent)

Remove the pits from the cherries, and dump them in a medium saucepan with the sugar. Bring to a boil,
then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cook until cherries are soft. The aroma will nearly kill you.

Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. To hasten the process stick the pan in a wide, shallow dish half-full of cold water.

Puree the cherries and their liquid in a blender with yogurt and almond extract until smooth. Chill for at least 2 hours. Then freeze in your ice cream make
r. If the mixture is really well-chilled, it only takes about twenty minutes (it won't freeze as solid as store-bought, because it doesn't have all those chemicals).

Spoon it into the container you'll store it in and stick it in the freezer so it can firm up a bit more. I recommend taking plenty of tastes during this process.

Don't have an ice cream maker? You can simply freeze in a container, and stir every half hour until it freezes. The texture won't be quite as smooth, but I doubt you'll care.


  1. Yum! A good post-Bikram snack!

  2. WHOA. Looks AMAZING. It also looks like a lot of work—I think I would have eaten all the cherries before the boiling process even started. :)

  3. amyreinink - I do recommend you buy substantially more cherries than you intend to put in the yogurt!

  4. Awesome... tho I'm not sure how much I would ever successfully pull out of the freezer.

  5. Oh my this looks so good! I have David Lebovitz' blog in my reader, now I need to get an ice cream maker for my kitchen!


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