Double Cherry Frozen Yogurt

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“So we grew together like to a double cherry, seeming parted, but yet an union in partition, two lovely berries molded on one stem.”

― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Before the season ends take this stone fruit so plentiful in the summertime and make it delicious and refreshing. I love frozen yogurt in all its rich flavors and smooth texture as my favorite hot weather indulgence to beat to cool off my palate. I often like to go to one of the many frozen yogurt shops and take advantage of the endless number of flavors and toppings. This is the best time of the year to prepare your own and you might be surprised that you just need a freezer and a blender or food processor to make frozen yogurt at home.
Red cherries have a sweet and tart flavor which is intense and works well for a yogurt flavor. By de-stoning several plump fresh cherries you can freeze the fruit and combine it with yogurt frozen in cube form in a blender or food processor to create a soft and creamy rich dessert. To further enhance the flavor, I added a cherry liquor of good pedigree. This becomes even more decadent with …wait for it…. dark chocolate morsels. Sorry for those of you clinging dearly to ‘simple’ because here comes the topping…nothing less than roasted and chopped pistachios. Once these have landed on top of a couple scoops of this romance you will certainly experience nothing short of Cherry Ecstasy followed by perfect summertime bliss.

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Double Cherry Frozen Yogurt

Serves 4-6 on a midsummer afternoon…

2 cups greek yogurt frozen into ice cubes tray.
1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and frozen.
1/4 cup agave nectar
1-2 ounces LUXARDO Il Maraschino Originale

Toppings:

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks, I used Scharffen Berger Chocolate, Fine Artisan Dark, Baking Chunks, Semisweet
1/4 cup Roasted pistachios

 

Preparation Method:

1. Using an ice cube tray pour the yogurt and freeze. You can do this step one day in advance. During summer time I always have yogurt ice cubes handy to make a quick frozen treat, they are life savers when you are in a snack attack mode! I like to use this rubber ice cube trays they are super easy to pull out.

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2. Cut in halves and Pitt the Cherries. If you do not own a cherry pitter I’ve heard good comments on this one, or since you are just pitting a small amount you can use my super easy “clip” method check this out:

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3. Once you have every frozen item you need, place the yogurt ice cubes, frozen cherries, agave, and one ounce of the LUXARDO liquor and blend well until smooth. Taste, and if you want to go ahead and add the other ounce of liquor is up to your taste. The Maranchino cherry liquor enhance the cherry flavor with some almond and honey notes, it is the perfect complement to this frozen treat. If you do not care about this liquor, just add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract.

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4. Line up a loaf metal pan with parchment paper and poor half of the cherry frozen yogurt, sprinkle some chocolate chunks, cover with the rest of the frozen yogurt. and cover with parchment paper making sure it makes contact with the mixture, to avoid freezer burn.

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5. Place in Freezer for about 2 hours. Serve and sprinkle with some chopped roasted pistachios. Enjoy!

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A dream for two…

Music Pairing: Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady

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10 Responses to Double Cherry Frozen Yogurt

  1. PALOMA SALEME July 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    MARIANA DELICIOSO Y QUE PRESENTACION Y EL ARTE PARA SACAR LA SEMILLAS DE LA CERESA, TIA PALOMA

    • Mariana McEnroe August 12, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      Palomita de maiz! Muchas gracias por tus lindos comentarios, un abrazote! y a hacer nieve de yogurt! xoxo

  2. PALOMA SALEME July 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    DELICIOSO MARIANA , A PARTE QUE PRESENTACION TIA PALOMA

  3. cherry fe vallejo July 30, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Wow I love the way you share the very simple way on how to do it I like it Thank you 🙂 private chef in austin texas

  4. Claire July 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Great post ! Thank you for the detailed photo instruction!

  5. Katie @ Butterlust July 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    I can’t even handle how good this looks!! I’m already feeling guilty because I LOVE my ice cream maker, but it’s getting shelved so I can make this recipe!!

    • Mariana McEnroe August 12, 2014 at 9:47 am #

      Hi Katie! Yes, this is a quick way to get your frozen yogurt! ; )

  6. Jo from Yummyvege July 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    That looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Mariana McEnroe August 12, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      Hi, Jo! great! let me know how didi go! you gonna love it! : )

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