Ice cream flavor showdown
July 25th, 2007

I know, I know, I promised more ice cream recipes and I certainly won’t stand you up, but to be honest, narrowing down my favorite top 3 flavors wasn’t as easy as I had thought. Not a single ice cream experiment failed – quite the contrary and if only because of continuously enhancing the flavor throughout the preparation process up to to the very final step of freezing it. More sugar here, a bit more lime there, added some chocolate, even with the custard ready to chill there’s still a chance of adding a last spoon or drop of something. Of course this entails not sticking to any recipes. The upside is, once you figured out the general process and methods, custard-based, yogurt-based or sorbet, there’s hardly a chance to wreck things. Be adventurous is the credo!

Blueberry frozen yogurt

Over the last weeks Aperol and San Bitter found their way into our sorbets, chili, lemongrass and ginger as well as sesame into other ice cream concoctions. While it’s fun to experiment, even taking it to an extreme once in a while, we always tend to come back to more down-to-earth flavors. After our no. 1, the boosted walnut creation, no.2 has to be a cup of delish frozen yogurt with fresh seasonal fruits, which – if prepared with Greek yogurt – will always help to keep my cravings in check during hot summer temperatures. The blueberry one is a perfect example (recipe below).

My no.3 reveals a somewhat strange eating habit of mine: during scorching summer days I skip regular chocolate and opt for white bars – straight from the freezer, rock-hard as can be. My teeth are still doing great, thank you. Far from being fancy, the Milka white chocolate lime yogurt is my current favorite chocolate bar and inspired me, here is number three in our countdown. White chocolate + lime + yogurt were meant to be, the creamy result tasted exactly like the bars – find the recipe and ingredients below.

To make sure we won’t run out of new ice cream ideas, what extravagant creations have you tried so far? What would be your very first ice cream of choice when buying a new ice cream machine?

White chocolate and lime

For hot summer days – blueberry frozen yogurt:

Wash the blueberries and heat them (still wet) in a small saucepan together with the sugar until they get soft and the dark violet juices start to run out (5 to 10 minutes). Make sure to use the right kind of blueberries, if you want colorful results! Carefully (stains!) work the berry compote through a fine mesh sieve with a ladle and discard the firm remains.

Add the Greek yogurt to the blueberry juice and stir well, then chill for an hour.

Setup your ice cream machine according to the instructions and freeze your frozen fruit yogurt. Leftovers tastes great as a smoothie, mixed with some milk and a dash of lime juice.

White chocolate&lime addiction:

Combine heavy cream, sugar and lime zest and heat up in a small pot until the sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat. Add the chopped white chocolate and stir until it has completely dissolved, then add the freshly squeezed lime juice. Strain through a fine mesh sieve before finally adding the Greek yogurt and let cool down in the fridge for at least an hour.

Setup your ice cream machine according to the instructions and freeze your ice cream. As soon as the ice cream comes together nicely and may only need two or three more minutes, add the additional lime zest. The lime zest in step 1 will lose its vivid green color quickly (and ends up in the sieve), but the freshly added lime zest stays green and gives extra tanginess and mouthfeel.

 

Blueberry frozen yogurt

Recipe source: own creation

Prep time: 15min. plus chilling & freezing

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Ingredients (~4 scoops):

250g wild blueberries

100g white sugar

400g Greek yogurt (substitute with regular drained yogurt)

decorate with white chocolate shavings if desired

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White chocolate&lime addiction

Recipe source: own creation

Prep time: 20min. plus chilling & freezing

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Ingredients (~4 scoops):

250g heavy cream

50g white sugar

zest of two untreated limes

50g white chocolate, chopped

juice of 1 lime

200g Greek yogurt (substitute with regular drained yogurt)

to finalize: zest of another untreated lime

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