Thursday, August 12, 2010

Honey Almond Frozen Yogurt

Alright boys and girls, what do you do when you went to Costco and bought two gallons of yogurt, and then just wasn't in the mood to eat it?

My solution, and I think it's a good one, is to make frozen yogurt.  Usually I make a fruit flavor, like strawberry or peach but this time I broke from tradition.  I had some wonderful raw, local, vanilla-bean infused honey from Sweet As Can Be honey farms.  It's tasty, and even if you never get as far as the frozen yogurt, this honey is worth the purchase (try it on french toast, seriously). 

I paired this honey with Disaronno amaretto, some toasted almonds, and thinly sliced peaches.  The yogurt serves as the base, the honey is a sweetener and emulsifier, the amaretto adds flavor and keeps the mixture from freezing too hard, and the almonds and peaches garnish the finished dessert.

Flavor wise, the vanilla in the honey enhances the essence of the peaches, and the peaches in turn bring out the flavor of the almonds.  Almonds and peaches are closely related so they're always a sure bet.

Honey Almond Frozen Yogurt 
(all measurements are approximate)

2 c yogurt
1/4 c honey
3 T almond (or other) liquor
peach slices and toasted sliced almonds to garnish

Whisk the honey and yogurt together, adjusting the sweetness to your taste- remember to make the mixture a bit sweeter than you want it because once it's frozen, the flavor will be dulled slightly.  Mix in the liquor and freeze according to your ice cream maker's instructions.

As a side note, if you wanted a more substantial dessert, put this over plain pound cake. 


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