Sour Cherry Frozen Yoghurt

August 3, 2011



I love frozen yoghurt almost as much as I love ice cream, which you’ll know, if you’ve read this blog before, is rather a lot. Natural yoghurt is one of the top ten ingredients I couldn’t live without, up there with the high and mighties like butter and herbs. I eat it strained and spread on toast; in curries and with curries; in dips; slaws; through rice with pickle, or just plain from the tub, dolloped on ripe, honeyed chunks of mango.

Last night I turned to it again; the past couple of evenings have been cloying and muggy here in London and I needed the sharp, bright tang of frozen yoghurt. Despite fro-yo being surprisingly rich given that it’s just, you know, yoghurt, it boasts natural sourness, making it fresher and lighter than ice cream and much more desirable, to me at least, in the stickiest of weather.

This basic recipe consists of just yoghurt and sugar, plus any flavouring or embellishment that takes your fancy. I had a jar of sour cherry jam knocking about, so I stirred in a couple of tablespoons for a Middle Eastern flavour reminiscent of heady Arabian nights.

Sour Cherry Frozen Yoghurt

2 x 500g tubs full-fat Total natural yoghurt (Total is my preferred brand as I find it creamier than most)
75g caster sugar
2 tablespoons sour cherry jam

Mix the yoghurt well with the sugar. Transfer to an ice cream machine and churn until frozen. Decant into a tub and swirl through the jam. Freeze for an hour or so before serving.

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    Reply Gary August 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Sounds great in the weather. Really wish I had an ice cream machine to make it

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    Reply Rachel K August 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Looks divine and I bet it tastes heavenly 🙂

    BTW – love natural yoghurt in potato salad!

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    Reply Leigh August 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Delicious. Do you think it could be made without an ice cream maker? Perhaps just by stirring it regularly whilst it freezes? Would love to make this but I’m not quite ready to invest in an ice cream maker (read that as I have a kitchen full of machine and gadgetry and will get in big trouble if I buy anything else 😉

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    Reply Sharmila August 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    That looks amazing. I love frozen yoghurt (well, yoghurt of all forms). Got a David Lebowitz recipe for an ice cream topping of sour cherries in syrup that I’m desperate to make. I’m pretty sure I will end up just eating it on it’s own.

    And thanks for the link! Just to let you know, the site is now pretty much dead, and have moved everything over to the new blog. So same post, different link here:


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    Reply Helen August 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Gary and Leigh – you could try making it as you would make ice cream without a machine ( I’ve not tried it though so i can’t guarantee a good result with yoghurt. At least it’s basically no effort and really cheap!

    Rachel – me too, so much better than mayo.

    Sharmila – Ah thanks my dear! (for the recipe and the link, will update it).

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    Reply thetwicebitten August 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Oooh I like this.

    Super easy and, i’m guessing, super tasty.


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    Reply Deptford Dame August 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    hmm, I’m tempted to try this even without an ice-cream maker! I buy 1kg tubs of Aytac strained yoghurt from Deptford’s fabulous Housewives Cash n Carry for £1.69 which is bloody bargainous imo! I love the fact that the packaging declares ‘10% cream!’

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    Reply Belinda Y. Hughes August 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Oh, Helen! You just pressed my memory button – cherry ice cream, only w yogurt and sour cherries. I’m definitely scouting ice cream makers on clearance.

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    Reply Gary August 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Thanks Helen, I’ll have a look at the link and perhaps give it a go 🙂

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    Reply Leigh August 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Thanks Helen. I’ll give it a go without the ice cream maker.

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    Reply Scott at Real Epicurean August 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’m up for this; think I’ll modify the idea a bit and blog it, if you don’t mind?

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    Reply Helen August 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Scott – Go for it! Glad to have inspired you.

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    Reply Mazii August 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    My ice cream machine has been unused in the attic for over a year as I treated myself but found expensive recipes and ingredients with a diet a big concern. This recipe has made me want to rush up their rescue it and finally find out if it works. Thank you

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    Reply msmarmitelover August 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Sounds perfect…

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    Reply Shu Han August 17, 2011 at 10:21 am

    looks brilliant! and perfect for the heat. try yeo valley (full fat!) plain yogurt. that’s the creamiest one i find, and it’s organic too (:

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