Roasted Cherries and Brown Butter Frozen Yogurt

Heaven.

That’s what I picture when I envision this frozen yogurt.  I don’t know why but it just seems so….just so heavenly.

I bought 2 bags of frozen cherries, one I will be used in this recipe and the other in an appetizer….if I can stop myself from eating all the roasted cherries.

The only sad sad sad part of this story is that my sweet little Sunshine is allergic to cherries, so she will not partake in this heavenly treat.  That’s OK I make her so many other treats she won’t really care!

Roasted Cherries and Brown Butter Frozen Yogurt

Here we go….no worries I think it will be a smooooooth ride!

Ingredients:

For the cherries:

1 12-ounce bag frozen cherries (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Zest & juice of 1 lemon (I had about 4 tablespoons of juice)

For the brown butter:

5 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the yogurt:

3 cups plain Greek yogurt (I prefer the 2% fat as opposed to the o%…better texture)

2/3 cup sugar (you can add more sugar if you like a sweeter yogurt but the cherries are sweet & I like the contrast)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

How to:

For the cherries:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine your cherries with your sugar, salt, zest and lemon juice.  Toss well and put in your prepared pan.  Roast in your oven for 30 minutes.  Put your cherries in a small bowl to chill completely.  If you decide to let them cool in your pan just be ready for a very sticky situation!  Set aside until ready to use.

beautiful cherries ready to get roasted ;)

Note: this can be made a day ahead, keep in your fridge but be sure to bring to room temperature before adding to your frozen yogurt.

a bowl of deliciousness!

For the brown butter:

In a small saucepan, melt your butter and slowly let it turn to a golden brown.  Take your time, this is not a race…you don’t want burnt butter just brown!  Remove to a small bowl to cool.  Using a small spoon remove the “froth/foam”.  At room temperature the butter will solidify again.  Keep at room temp. until ready to use.

beautiful golden brown color

removing the foam…and stating the obvious! :)

cooled brown butter…as exciting as….cooled brown butter!

For the frozen yogurt:

In your mixer with the wire whip attachment, combine your yogurt, sugar and vanilla.  Whip this for 1-2 minutes.  Add your brown butter and whip for 2-3 minutes more.  Cover your bowl with a plastic wrap and put in your fridge for 1-2 hours.

adding the brown butter to the yogurt mixture

Using an ice cream maker (following your manufacturer’s instruction) chill your yogurt.  Finally add your roasted cherries, you might have to use a spatula and combine/fold them by hand.  DO NOT overmix the cherries with frozen yogurt.  Be gentle!

probably not the best picture but you get the idea!

Serve immediately or put in an airtight container and put in your freezer until ready to serve.

oh yes….a tub of magic (??!!)

I have to say that this frozen treat was by far one of the best thing I have ever eaten, seriously….the frozen yogurt alone before I added the cherries was unreal…then I added the gooey sweet cherries and it was simply divine!

absolutely delicious!

Note: this frozen yogurt base is extremely easy to adapt to ANY flavors you like.  You could even simply fold in some chocolate and call it a day!  If doing a different flavor, skip the brown butter.

Note #2: yes, you can use fresh cherries but for the sake of year round delight I went with frozen!

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Peace and Heavenly,

Isabelle

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