If you already have strawberry jam on hand and you use Greek yogurt, the prep for this recipe is literally minutes: just open the jars, toss it all in the food processor and puree! But even if you use regular yogurt (I used Stonyfield’s Smooth and Creamy Whole Milk Plain yogurt) and strain it, the hands on time is still brief.
(Side note: I’m not usually big on single-use tools, but I make an exception when it comes to preserving prep. When you’re dealing with 10+ pounds of fruit at a time, anything that can make the process a little simpler is a win! Case in point: OXO’s strawberry huller. I used one back when I made the jam last summer, and it was such a time-saver!)
I’ll definitely be making this frozen yogurt again – it is just sweet enough, and the red wine accentuates the strawberry flavor. And I can’t wait to try some other recipes from Yogurt Culture, such as the Folded Omelet for One with Lox, Shallot and Yogurt or the Milk Chocolate Yogurt Pots with Salted Peanut Crush. There are so many ways to use yogurt here that I’d never thought of! Plus, I giggle every time I come across a sidebar, because they are all headlined with “Yo!” and I find this to be far more entertaining than I should. Can I blame that on having a newborn? I’m going to go with yes.
Adapted from Yogurt Culture by Cheryl Sternman-Rule
- 2½ cups plain whole-milk yogurt (not Greek) or 1½ cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
- 1 pint strawberry jam (I used strawberry red wine jam )
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (use this only if you are using plain jam)
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- If using traditional yogurt, spoon it into a fine-mesh sieve set over a deep bowl. Refrigerate to drain off the whey for 1 hour only. Discard the whey or reserve it for another use. You can skip this step if you are using Greek yogurt.
- Spoon the yogurt into a food processor and add the jam, vinegar (if using) and corn syrup. Process until nearly smooth. Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Continue churning until the mixture has fully thickened and is nearly scoopable. You may eat it now, soft-serve style, or transfer it to a metal loaf pan to further chill and develop deeper flavor. Press a sheet of parchment directly on the surface of the frozen yogurt, then cover tightly with aluminum foil. Freeze for several hours.
- Let the yogurt stand at room temperature at least 20 minutes before scooping with a hot, dry scoop.