This blackcurrant frozen yogurt is fruity and refreshing with a strong berry flavour. It's delicious as a snack or dessert and a slightly healthier option than ice cream!
Until a few weeks ago I had never ever been to a pick your own. Apart from blackberries I'd always relied on someone else, usually the supermarket, to pick, package and provide me with the fruit and vegetables I ate.
And I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. Half my fridge is probably dedicated to them and they rarely go off. I'm quite good at eating them all up. And yes, I'm quite smug about it too!
We picked our own blackcurrants for this frozen yogurt
But, going back to the subject of pick your own. This summer it has become a weekly trip out for Little Miss Spice, Master Spice and me. Little Miss Spice is a very fussy eater so we try to pick something new each time.
I'm hoping it might help encourage her to try a few more vegetables. Although she was happy to try the broccoli we picked last week, it didn't stay in her mouth long and one try was enough.
Fruit is not such an issue. She happily ate a few blackcurrants before we made the frozen yogurt, although I didn't manage to persuade her to try the finished product. I don't think she trusted it after seeing the natural yogurt go into it.
It was the first time I had made frozen yogurt and the first time I'd used my ice cream maker this summer. I love yogurt and using it instead of cream gives a much lighter dessert and as I used low fat yogurt, a much healthier dessert too, although I can't claim the amount of sugar I put in is healthy.
The finished frozen yogurt had a lovely strong blackcurrant flavour and I could happily have eaten more and more of it. Luckily, I forced myself to put some in the freezer for later and it kept there really well too. It didn't go too hard and was still easy enough to scoop out whenever I wanted just one more spoonful!
The first time I ate Frozen yogurt
The first time I had and heard of frozen yogurt was as a child on holiday in Spain in the 1980s. At the time most ice cream in the UK was pretty boring - strawberry, chocolate or vanilla. In Spain you could get all types of combinations and flavours.
I remember one cafe we used to go to with about 40 different flavours and I would have a different one every day. Some of the flavours were frozen yoghurt and I remember trying a lemon one and a red one although I can't now remember what flavour the red one was.
Maybe it was blackcurrant, maybe not. Anyway, as this frozen yoghurt is also a reminder of those first ones I tried all those years ago.
How to Adapt this Frozen Yogurt
This recipe is really easy to adapt. Any berries could be used instead of the blackcurrants. If they are really sweet you may be able to cut down on the sugar content too. However, be careful about reducing it too much as the sugar helps keep the frozen yogurt scoopable.
Don't feel you have to remove all the seeds. If you want to skip that step then it'll still be delicious. However, I find that some picky eaters prefer the seeds to be removed so it has a smoother texture.
Blackcurrant Frozen Yoghurt
- 200 g blackcurrants
- 100 g caster sugar
- 50 ml water
- 250 g natural yoghurt I used low fat
- Put the blackcurrants, sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and let it bubble for about 5 minutes. The blackcurrants will break down quickly and the mixture will go quite syrupy.
- Press the mixture through a metal sieve and leave to cool.
- Stir the yoghurt into the berry mixture. I used an ice cream maker and then poured it into the machine. When the ice cream maker finishes, either eat it immediately or transfer it to another container and put it in the freezer.
- If you don't have an ice cream maker, put the mixture into a container in the freezer. Take it out after an hour and whisk it. Return it to the freezer and keep taking it out and whisking it every 20-30 minutes for the next 1.5 hours. It should then be fairly stiff and you can leave it until you are ready to eat it.
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Places I'm sharing this Blackcurrant frozen yogurt
Shop Local at Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary
Ren Behan's Simple and in Season, hosted this month by My Custard Pie.
This is a fantastic recipe ! I used fresh goat milk yogurt which gave it the extra little tang... wonderful!
How long do you think it keeps in an airtight container in the fridge?
We ate this up within a week but generally you can keep frozen yoghurt for about 3 months in the freezer. I'm so pleased you like the recipe! I've never tried goats milk yoghurt so I'll have to look out for it!
i just got an (old) ice cream churn and can't wait to start making frozen yogurt!! yay. it'll be so good with fresh fruit. my favorites to pick are black raspberries 🙂
That would be lovely! I love making frozen yoghurt as it's so refreshing and a bit healthier than ice cream!
I love blackcurrants and think they are a super food. We used to have loads from our garden when I was a child. Thank you so much for entering Simple and in Season. The round up is now published
They have such a strong flavour they must be a superfood! They feel like they are packed with nutrients when you eat them. I was quite new to fresh blackcurrants when I made this but I'm definitely a convert to them now.
I love blackcurrants and I bet this frozen yogurt tastes fantastic. Thank you for sharing with Shop Local!
Bunny Eats Design
Pick your own is a lovely memory to give to your kids. I remember picking strawberries as a kid, though I need to do it as an adult at some stage. Perhaps this summer! Your yogurt looks stunning. The colour is so vivid. Hopefully your kids will remember this fondly too. Funny how Miss didn't want the yogurt but would rather eat the berries. I guess that's very easy for you!
It is easy for me! Luckily she loves fruit with nothing done to it but will hardly eat any vegetables. That's always my big challenge!
What a gorgeous color, love the fact that I can make this without a ice cream maker.
Thank you. It may be slightly less smooth without an ice cream maker but it should still be lovely to eat.
Tandy | Lavender and Lime
I am still salivating over the colour! And so nice to pick your own, this is something I have not done for years 🙂
If I hadn't had children I don't think I'd have gone to the pick your own either. I'm loving it this year for the first time.
Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist
Beautiful colour! It looks so fruity and summery. I have never made frozen yoghurt, but this one makes me think I should!
I hope you manage to get around to making some!
Unfortunately, I have yet to make ice cream or frozen yogurt this summer. Need to get on that!
Hope you manage to make some nice ones soon!
I love frozen yogurt and cannot go back to regular ice-cream since I have become hooked! This looks so delicious and tart perfect for summer 🙂
I also much prefer frozen yoghurt too at the moment. Since making this I have made a cantaloupe melon one and I'll be posting it soon too.
My Little Italian Kitchen
What a lovely vibrant colour in this ice cream! I like the addition of yogurt. I always buy yogurt ice cream whilst in Italy. I find it difficult to find in the UK. Shame as it is so good!
Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe!
I love that it tastes as vibrant as it looks too. I think blackcurrants are a great choice for ice cream now.
I have strong childhood memories of pick your own! Hopefully your daughter will appreciate them when she's older. And yes I remember going on holiday abroad when all we had was chocolate, strawberry and vanilla and being amazed!
I still wish we could get more different fruit flavoured ice creams over here as I'm not really into all the caramel, fudge, cookie dough, chocolate variations!