I was a little hesitant about using apples in frozen yogurt. I mean, I’ve tried adding diced apples or apple butter to my Greek yogurt in the past, and it just didn’t work. The tart creamy yogurt combined with crisp bites of apple or mellow flavor of apple butter just didn’t do it for me.
I think I need to reconsider my position on apples + Greek yogurt. Because I can’t get over the brown sugar and apple frozen yogurt I made the other evening. The brown sugar frozen yogurt is sweet and tart and studded with sauteed apples, making for a delicious fall dessert, especially on warmer evenings like the ones we’ve had this week. Plus, it turned a pretty pale pink color from the apple skins.
Sure, frozen yogurt takes a bit more time to prepare than ice cream. But most of that involves waiting for yogurt to strain, rather than actively working. And the final product is more than worth it.
The sweet sauteed apples go perfectly with this brown sugar frozen yogurt. The yogurt may get a little icy during processing. You can remedy this by using full-fat yogurt instead of low-fat. Or, if you'd like, you can add a few tablespoons of heavy cream to make the texture even smoother and creamier. I chose to just use the low-fat yogurt...I still like the texture, and it is a little healthier that way!
- 32 ounces plain or vanilla low-fat yogurt
- 4 small apples
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Line a strainer with cheesecloth, and place the strainer in a large mixing bowl. Pour the yogurt into the cheesecloth, cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours. Discard the liquid that accumulates in the bowl and measure out two cups of the strained and thickened yogurt.
- Dice the apples and combine with 1/3 cup brown sugar, the cinnamon and the nutmeg in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low. A sort of syrup will form in the pan from the brown sugar and apple juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are softened and the syrup is reduced by approximately half. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
- Combine the yogurt and 2/3 cup brown sugar in your ice cream maker, and process according to your ice cream maker's instructions. After 10 - 15 minutes, add the apples. Freeze any uneaten frozen yogurt in a freezer-safe, airtight container.