Every now and then a girl needs to buy herself a present.
Which is why I bought myself a Cuisinart ice cream maker last Mother's Day. I saw it at Costco. It was less than $25. I had to have it.
We actually used to have an ice cream maker, an old Danvier. My husband contributed it to the marital household. It involved a hand crank. The most action it saw was in 2003, when baby Weston's favorite pastime involved carrying the guts of the ice cream maker from the kitchen to the bathtub at the other end of the house.
With the new ice cream maker, I mix up my favorite flavors, pour the goop into the machine, turn it on, and come back half an hour later. The hardest thing about using the new ice cream maker is making room in the freezer for the canister. Oh, and portion control - the thing doesn't hold as much as I thought it did, which I found out when one batch of ice cream overflowed its banks and flooded the kitchen counter.
I'm just as lazy when it comes to frozen desserts as with everything else I make. No egg custard base for me. I put my ingredients in the blender, whip them up, and freeze. Works out fine.
I created this dark chocolate frozen yogurt flavored with orange and studded with chocolate chips for my husband, whose college diet relied heavily on chocolate orange chocolate chip milkshakes. He smiled when he tasted it.
Chocolate orange chip frozen yogurt
This tart, creamy frozen yogurt takes just a few minutes to prepare and is one of the best reasons to own an ice cream maker.
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup cream
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup raw sugar (substitute turbinado or demerara sugar)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
- 3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips (semisweet)
If you have the kind of ice cream maker that requires the bowl to be pre-frozen, make sure you put it into the freezer the day before you want to make the frozen yogurt.Put the yogurt, cream, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and orange extract into a blender and whip until well blended and frothy. Pour the yogurt mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to the directions for your machine. During the last 5 minutes of churning, add the chocolate chips.When the frozen yogurt is done churning, spoon it into a freezer-safe container and cover tightly. Freeze at least 2 hours. Serve, obviously, very cold.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approximately 1 quart