Friday, May 6, 2011

Lemon Basil Frozen Yogurt with Blueberry Compote

Lemon Basil Frozen Yogurt
with Blueberry Compote
So i broke out my ice cream machine again and it really was a great feeling. It's interesting how something like ice cream can have such different flavors when made with different ingredients. The first thing I ever made with my ice cream maker was my Cinnamon Walnut Ice Cream which had a distinctly wintery feel about it.  This time around I wanted to make something that felt more refreshing and perfect for ringing in the summer months. Lemon and basil is a classic combo in sweet as well as savory dishes while lemon and blueberry also go great together so I thought, why not combine all three? I used greek yogurt to make this especially thick and tangy and the blueberry compote was the perfect warm accoutrement. 

3 cups plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 lemon
1 bag frozen blueberries
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons water

Now I know not everyone has an ice cream machine, so if you're not lucky enough to have been given one for your last birthday, then just mix the ingredients together and enjoy the yogurt as you normally would but with much better flavor :) Also, I wanted to keep the integrity of the greek yogurt and not add too much sugar but if you prefer your yogurt to be sweeter then add more sugar to fit your preference.

Mix the first three ingredients together in a medium bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the mixture as well and combine thoroughly. Place in the bowl of your ice cream machine and turn on for fifteen to twenty minutes. Mixture should be partially frozen and in need of some extra time in the freezer. Transfer to a plastic container and place in the freezer for another hour or so.

Meanwhile, place the frozen blueberries in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sugar and water and allow to cook together for at least twenty minutes or until the mixture boils and becomes syrupy.  Use a potato masher or the back of a large spoon to mash some of the blueberries while keeping the shape of others. Serve warm over the frozen yogurt for a refreshing treat. Enjoy!

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