Fresh fruit with yoghurt is one of K’s favourite breakfast treats. Encouraged by her enthusiastic response and willingness to try out new stuff, I have introduced her to most of the age-appropriate fruit available here in Singapore. Inspired by her (and my) love for cherries with yoghurt, I created a super simple frozen dessert that we (mom & dad) enjoyed on a warm saturday afternoon as I am a bit cautious about offering her something too cold as yet. You can most certainly treat older toddlers and pre-schoolers to this healthy yummy dessert on warm sunny afternoons.
Cherries are a great source of Vitamins A &C, Calcium, Potassium, Iron as well as trace amounts of Copper, Zinc and Manganese. Yoghurt as we already know is a great source of Protein. The added the vanilla for some extra flavour and a wee little bit of sugar to make this “dessert” worthy. I used Greek yoghurt to make this as it is creamier than regular yoghurt. But if you don’t wish to buy this, you make some of your own by draining the water out of regular whole milk yoghurt by hanging it in a clean muslin cloth over the sink for a couple of hours.
As I do not own an ice-cream maker, I used a simple trick to achieve an ice-creamy texture without the icicles (from the water in the yoghurt) spoiling the fun. This yoghurt needs about 5-6 hours in the freezer before serving. About halfway through the freezing time – pull out the semi- frozen yoghurt and blend in a food processor to break up the icicles and incorporate some air into it. Pour back into the box and freeze till firm. Scoop into bowls and eat up!
– 2 cups greek yoghurt
– 12-15 fresh cherries, stems removed and pitted
– 2 tsp fine sugar
– 1/2 vanilla pod. seeds scraped (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
1. Heat a few tablespoons of water and add the pitted chopped cherries along with the sugar. Simmer till the cherries are soft and the sauce is reduced. Cool the sauce and puree the cherries till its slightly chunky.
2. Swirl the pureed cherries into the vanilla- yoghurt and mix well. Pour the mixture into a freezable container and freeze for a couple of hours.
3. Blend the semi- frozen yoghurt in a food processor to break up the icicles and pop it back into the freezer till it hardens.
4. Scoop the frozen dessert into a bowl and enjoy immediately! 🙂