Dulce De Leche Frozen Yogurt

Dulce De Leche Frizen Yogurt

Dulce De Leche Frozen Yogurt

I decided to make this delicious combination because the other night my lovely husband treated me to a yummy dinner at Zydeco’s and then a frozen treat at Sub Zero.  First off  Zydeco’s Cajun Restaurant : DELICIOUS, FUN AND GREAT SERVICE!  Win!  It was featured on  Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a few years back and I see the owner quite often at my part-time job (not the substitute one…the cooking demo one).  Debbie  is a lovely lady and I love to support local joints!  The End.

About the Sub Zero Ice Cream  place.  It was more an experience rather than kick butt frozen treats….in my humble opinion.  The concept is liquid based (ice cream, frozen yogurt, soy milk, coconut milk…etc…).  They add a flavoring and mix-ins and wham hit it with liquid nitrogen.  Cool concept but overall flavor was so so.  I mean don’t take this the wrong way but Ben and Jerry’s still tastes better than that to me.  But it’s fun and you’ve got to try it at least once in your lifetime.  Check.  Done.  Now I want real flavor.

My selection at Sub Zero place: frozen yogurt with Dulce De Leche (as my flavor) and Reese’s peanut butter cup as my mix-ins (yes I am predictable).  Matt picked ice cream with caramel flavoring and toffee mix-in (my suggestion!).

Mine was good but I couldn’t really taste the Dulce De Leche.  Total bummer.  Matt says that it’s because I had too much Reese’s ….sorry but when you add Reese’s you’ve got to go for that extra scoop!   😉

So today, I decided the best way to get this flavor to really hit home was to make it myself.  As my mom always told me: if you want something done right do it yourself!

For some reason I saw a lot of recipes online that  included heavy cream.  I opted for a healthier version…mind you I wouldn’t consider Dulce De Leche healthy but no cream might help a little!

take a close look at this mouth watering frozen yogurt

take a close look at this mouth watering frozen yogurt

Ingredients:

1 13.4-ounce can Dulce De Leche

2 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon agave syrup (or honey if you prefer)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon sea salt (or kosher salt)

3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

How to:

In a large bowl combine your Dulce De Leche, Greek yogurt, agave syrup, vanilla and sea salt.  Using a whisk combine everything well.  Pour your mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instruction.  When the madness has run its course gently add your mini chocolate chips while machine is still running.  When everything looks dandy put your frozen yogurt into a tightly sealed container and put in your freezer until ready to serve.

the mixture...already 100% better than my Sub Zero frozen treat!

the mixture…already 100% better than my Sub Zero frozen treat!

I <3 my ice cream maker! It makes magic!

I ❤ my ice cream maker. It makes magic!

 

In the container it goes....after quite a few taste tests  ;)

In the container it goes….after quite a few taste tests 😉

Or dig in right away!  I did!   🙂

Note: if you do not serve the frozen yogurt within the next few hours it may harden but let sit at room temperature for a few minutes and all will be good.

My after dinner treat! Simply Perfect if you ask me!

My after dinner treat! Simply perfect!

This is super creamy, a little tart and filled with amazing Dulce De Leche flavors….bursting with flavor…lots…tons….a multitude of flavors…OK OK I’ll stop…but it’s really really really good if you ask me  😉

homemade frozen treat truly are DA BESTEST!

homemade frozen treats truly are DA BESTEST!

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Peace and Add Flavoring To Your Life,

Isabelle

Grilled Nectarine Salsa

Grilled Nectarine Salsa

Grilled Nectarine Salsa

I had a huge dilemma over this salsa. I mean HUGE, earth shattering dilemma, I tell ya!  Yes I am being dramatic…I mean in the grand scheme of life is Grilled Nectarine Salsa really an issue?  Nope.  It sure isn’t.  I just couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to put it on: burgers or frozen yogurt.  Here’s the little catch…if I put it on my burger I think I would like some red onions in it…not so much for the frozen yogurt…

I decided, I was willing to sacrifice the red onion in order to have a sweet treat for these hot wonderful blistering awesome summer days.  Yes I am still in love with the heat!  Bring it on!  I even ran 5 miles this morning at around 9 and I was as happy as could be!  Sweating and melting but HAPPY!  🙂

ummmmm so yeah...not a bad decision if you ask me!

ummmmm so yeah…not a bad decision if you ask me!

So the salsa.  Let’s get to that.

Ingredients:

3 ripe Nectarines cut in half and pitted (I had 1 white flesh nectarine and 2 regular nectarines)

2 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 cup fresh basil roughly chopped (plus more for serving if you fancy)

Zest of 1 lime

Juice of 1/2 lime

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon agave syrup

3 tablespoons white rum (optional…if that’s how you fly!)

How to:

Start your grill (evidently…it’s a grilled salsa!) brush your nectarines with your melted butter.  Place on your grill skin side up.  Grill for about 2-3 minutes.  Flip your nectarines and cook for another 2 minutes (not too long, skin tends to burn).  Remove and let cool.

it's all coming together

it’s all coming together

looks at those little jewels glissening!

looks at those little jewels glistening!

nice grill marks....pad on the back Iz.

nice grill marks….pat on the back Iz.

coolin' chillin' relaxin'

coolin’ chillin’ relaxin’

Maybe make a drink and chit-chat while nectarines cool.

Chop your cooled nectarines into cubes (or what ever resembles a cube in your book!)  Add your basil, lime juice, lime zest, salt, agave syrup and rum.  Toss everything together.  Taste.  Adjust seasoning….you might need a touch more salt.  Put in your fridge to chill or serve immediately over frozen yogurt or ice cream…I say go with vanilla so you can really taste the salsa, but it’s your dessert, sky’s the limit!  I opted for frozen yogurt….oh and I did put it on my burger!  DELISH!  YUMMILICIOUS!

so that was somewhere between mind blowing good and knock your socks off crazy good!

so that was somewhere between mind blowing good and knock your socks off crazy good! Perfect sweet & salty combo!

Note: if you decide you are not going for the rum, maybe you should go for tequila? or vodka? or maybe triple sec?  OK OK….maybe add a little more agave syrup and lime juice…whatever!  😉

sweet baby that is one delicious salsa!

sweet baby that is one delicious salsa!

On yet another note: I guess you could also use peaches, go for it….let me know if you do!

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Peace and Salsa is NOT a dilemma,

Isabelle

P.S. if you wish to make your own frozen yogurt please go check out my Brown Butter Frozen Yogurt , it’s super easy and super yummy!  You may want to skip the step with the roasted cherries….or not!

Find my recipe linked here as well:

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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