Saturday, August 2, 2014

From the Kitchen - Outside the Nest

Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt 

Let me start with a picture of the finished product.
Can't you just taste the creamy smoothness?
The tang of cheesecake, a hint of cinnamon, the
sweetness of strawberries.
Are you still with me?
Ok then, let us commence to begin to start with concocting a most delectable goodness.
You'll need an ice cream maker.Stick with me now.
You have time to run to the store to pick up your supplies. 

Mix the cream cheese, sugar, half and half, and vanilla greek yogurt.

Pour it in the machine, turn it on.

When the mixture reaches soft-serve consistency (yes, I tasted it),

add the fruit spread (yes, I am using a clean spoon, not one that I licked on),

then the cinnamon graham cracker chunks.

I like to scoop mine into small jars, screw on the covers and lids, and pop them in the freezer.
This keeps me from sitting down and scarfing the entire batch at one time.
Not that I would do that!

Or the ice cream can be eaten right out of the machine. Especially the remaining product, which shall not go to waste.
After all, I am a member of the official taste-testing board of judges.
Yup, that just wasn't enough to fill another jar.
Perhaps all my taste-testing caused a bit of a shortage. So I had to clean the tub. It doesn't pay to dirty another jar for just one small scoop.

Chunks of fruit, chunks of graham cracker.
The best darn cheesecake frozen yogurt known to mankind.
Is it ever good.
May all your ice cream provide you with extreme pleasure ( and not brain freeze).
Happy Saturday.
Now, rush right out and pick up your supplies.

Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt 
3 oz. plain cream cheese spread, room temperature
2/3 C granulated sugar, or 1/3 C honey
1 C vanilla greek yogurt
1 C half and half
4 oz. strawberry spreadable fruit
2 long cinnamon graham crackers

Prepare ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Combine cream cheese spread and sugar, stir until well mixed. Mix in yogurt and half and half, stir until combined. Place in machine and switch on. While mixture is churning in machine, place cinnamon graham crackers in a small resealable bag and break into small, bite-sized pieces. When ice cream reaches soft-serve consistency, add spreadable fruit and crackers, while continuing to mix. When just combined, turn off machine. Working quickly, place ice cream in container and freeze approximately 2 hours. If frozen longer, take out and let sit at room temperature 5-10 minutes. 3-1/2 cups.

*Note: can divide into 4 oz. glass canning jars. Screw on lids and rings, and freeze. Will fill approximately 7 jars.

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