I live in the South where the summers are very long, very hot, and very humid.
Since I try to use my oven as little as possible during these months, I often
turn to frozen desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth. While reading Emily
Luchetti's book, A Passion for Ice Cream,
one recipe that caught my eye was her Dulce de Leche Frozen Yogurt. I love its
pretty caramel color and how its texture is light, with a refreshingly tangy
sweet caramel flavor. It can be served plain or
you can fold in some toasted and chopped pecans or walnuts, or even chocolate
chips. It's also very nice with a drizzling of chocolate sauce (recipe
This Dulce de Leche Frozen Yogurt resembles ice
cream in texture and it is made like ice cream (that is - churned in an
ice cream machine). But unlike ice creams that have a custard base, this
frozen yogurt just stirs together plain yogurt, heavy cream, and Dulce de Leche.
Now, the texture of frozen yogurt depends on the type of plain yogurt
used. If you use 'whole milk' plain yogurt, the texture of the frozen
yogurt will be quite thick, like ice cream. If, on the other hand, you use
a 'reduced fat' plain yogurt, the texture of the frozen yogurt will be
like soft serve ice cream. However, one way to use low fat yogurt, yet
still have a thicker frozen yogurt, is to drain the yogurt first to remove
some of its liquid. Do this by putting the yogurt in a cheesecloth lined
strainer that has been placed over a large bowl. Cover and put it in the
refrigerator and allow the yogurt to drain for several hours, or
Dulce de Leche (pronouced DOOL-say day LAY-chay) is a
thick, rich and sweet, caramel flavored and colored cream that is made by
cooking sugar and cow or goat's milk until it is thick and caramel
colored. Dulce de Leche means "sweet of milk" or "milk candy". It is also
known as cajeta, arequipe, manjar or manjur, and doce de leite. You can
make your own or it is sold in cans, jars (my favorite is the brand
LaSalamandra), or tubs and can oftentimes be found in grocery stores, in
Latin markets, or on line.
Dulce de Leche:
In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt with the dulce de leche. Then whisk in the
rest of the ingredients until everything is well combined and the mixture
is smooth. Cover and refrigerate four to six hours, or overnight.
Once the mixture
is thoroughly chilled, place in your ice cream machine and process according to
the manufacturer's instructions. Once made, the frozen yogurt may still
be a little soft. So I like to place it into a covered container and
freeze for a few hours before serving. If freezing overnight, the frozen yogurt
will become very hard. So place it into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to
soften before serving.
Makes about 6-8
servings. Preparation time 30 minutes.
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