Thursday, 4 February 2010

Margarita Frozen Yogurt

While I'm a big fan of ice-cream and gelato, I absolutely adore the tangy taste of frozen yogurt. While the leading US yogurt brand, Colombo, launched their range of frozen yogurt in the UK in 2001, it never really took off with us Brits. For a long time, the only place in London you could find any sort of soft-serve frozen yogurt was The Rendezvous Cafe in Leicester Square or Nando's.

However, there's been a second coming; frozen yogurt's suddenly become hip. As people look for 'healthier' options, stores have sprung up across London. For example, Snog is just about to open its fourth outlet in two years. But it's not a cheap treat and the flavours are still somewhat limited (fine if you like toppings, although that defeats the low-fat benefits)....so I've been experimenting with making my own at home.

After many hours roaming the internet and several attempts (the mixture below is the result of several tries), I think I've finally got it sussed. Inspired, as ever, by my love of Mexican food, here's a winner of a recipe. You don't need an ice-cream maker, it scoops straight from the freezer and has a lovely smooth texture. Best of all, you can really appreciate the taste of tequila without the burn. Definitely for adults only.

Margarita Frozen Yogurt
400g tin of condensed milk (regular or light)
400g low-fat plain yogurt
Zest of a lime
75ml fresh lime juice (2-3 limes)
4 tbsp tequila
Small pinch of salt

Empty the condensed milk into a bowl and mix well with the yogurt (it's much easier if you warm the condensed milk first to make it runnier). Add the lime zest and juice, tequila, and a small pinch of salt. Pour the mixture into a freezer proof container and place in the refrigerator for an hour or so.

When chilled, put the container in the freezer and give the mixture a good mix after two hours. Freeze again until needed. It will take 6-8 hours in total to reach the right consistency.

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