Roasted Strawberries Frozen Yogurt

Roasted Strawberries Frozen Yogurt | Playful Cooking

After a heavy lunch and several super tight hugs to all the lovely folks, I left from Carmel Valley Ranch with a bag full of goodies from the CA Strawberries Tour. My chauffeur (yes, I got a fancy ride for the tour) was a very interesting tall lady with grey hair and a very loving personality. What I assumed to be a boring drive, which is why I even carried a book with me, turned out to be quite the opposite. We chatted the whole time! We discussed recipes, seasonal ingredients, cherry picking, strawberry picking and how it gave her a back ache the next day. The two hours just flew by!

 

On arriving home, I was motivated from all the food talk. Had a quick glance of the goodies, did a quick instagram (it’s like a ritual these days) and immediately jotted down the recipe idea that was hovering on my mind.

 

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Roasting fruit always brings out the flavor; it’s more perfumed and robust. And when you throw in some sea salt along with freshly powdered whole fennel seeds plus balsamic vinegar, it takes the strawberries to a whole new level of flavor fiesta! Now, try not to lick all that roasted strawberries straight from the hot pan. Let me warn you, it will smell divine and it will be extremely difficult to resist. But save some to enjoy it slowly after you make the delicious froyo!

 

I made the frozen yogurt twice in the same week and I used non-fat plain chobani greek yogurt during the second time. Thanks to the Chobani guys for sending me a huge box to sample. Earlier, I had made the same froyo with another brand yogurt and it was really good but with chobani greek yogurt, it was so much better. It was much smoother and creamier, almost like ice cream.

 

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Roasted Strawberries Frozen Yogurt | Playful Cooking

 

Since greek yogurt is already thick, you don’t have to strain it before making the frozen yogurt. However, I would still suggest you to extract out any amount of water that is there. It will be worth the effort as the end result will be richer. The froyo was not overly sweet, had the right balance of tartness and creaminess giving that perfect depth of flavor from the roasted strawberries.

 

Roasted Strawberries Frozen Yogurt

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 10 hours

Yield: a little less than 2 pounds

Roasted Strawberries Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1 lb strawberries, cut in half or quarter
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 lb greek yogurt (I used chobani)

Directions

  • Place a kitchen towel on a colander and drop the yogurt in it. Tie the ends of kitchen towel tightly and extract the water. Let it rest on the colander and keep a heavy jar or bowl on top of the tied kitchen towel. It will help straining all the water. Allow it to set in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In a baking pan, add strawberries, balsamic vinegar, powdered fennel seeds and salt. Let it bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Allow it to cool completely and then blend it to a puree.
  • In a bowl, add strained yogurt and roasted strawberries puree along with sugar and whisk. Check for sugar. If you want it sweeter, add more sugar.
  • At this stage, you can pour it in a container and let it rest in the refrigerator to set for few hours or churn it in your ice cream machine.
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Carmel is beautiful. Love going there.
Your sorbet sounds so intense, especially with fennel and sea salt, perfect. I believe desserts with a tiny pinch of sea salt just takes it to another level. Nicely done.

I love this recipe! What a great way to use up some of those strawberries lady! 🙂

loving this .. so creamy and luscious. Greek yoghurt is beautiful and the colour .. oh that burgundy colour is to die for!

Kiran says:

LOVE roasting berries with balsamic!! Nice touch of fennel powder too 🙂

soma says:

Hi Kankana,

I am already drooling. I got a ton of strawberries too. I do not have an ice cream machine and have no plan of buying one.Do you have any tip on how to make it without a machine? Would love to make it though.

Thanks,

Soma

Kankana Saxena says:

Last year I made a lot of frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt without any ice cream machine. Ice Machine only helps freezing it faster and churning helps creating that creamy texture. You can always make this frozen yogurt without an ice cream machine. As I mentioned in the direction above, you can pour the strawberry mixed yogurt in a container and let it rest in the refrigerator to set for few hours! Hope this helps.

Soma says:

Thanks Kankana, I have already started the process…so should be able to do it. Will let you know. 🙂

jehanne says:

Love the addition of fennel seeds, Kankana..and the pictures are so stunning! I can sit here for hours admiring your boards, and that raw strawberry pics:-)

Liren says:

You can just see how creamy and rich the froyo is! What a lovely way to elevate the strawberry,too!

Rosa says:

Exquisite! Roasted strawberries have a wonderfully intense flavor. That addition of fennel seeds is really interesting.

Cheers,

Rosa

The fennel and sea salt must taste great in this fro yo. Lovely and creamy!

nisha says:

fennel and strawberry… thats a combo i never thought would work.. but yes, since i like both the ingredients im sure this will go down well with me

I’ve been thinking of making some frozen yogurt for the last few days but didn’t get around. Roasted strawberry and fennel. What fantastic combination!!

Yummy – looks so creamy and delicious. Love the roasted balsamic strawberries in them. Loved the color contrast in the pictures..really beautiful!

The addition of sea salt and balsamic vinegar sounds sooo perfect. I would devour this!

Anna@CCS says:

Beautiful photos! I love the gorgeous color of this frozen yogurt.

I have had such experience several times. I would assume that it would be boring and it would turn out to be an interesting meet. Love the delectable marriage of my favorite ingredients

This sounds like the perfect summer treat, Kankana! And what a wonderful time you must have had in the strawberry fields. I can only imagine how good it must have smelled! Ripe strawberries are my favorite smell of summer, along with musky tomato vines 🙂

Oh wow, I am salivating over this recipe! It looks so refreshing and delicious and full of summer goodness!

This is awesome! Love the color and love strawberries!

Pia says:

Roasted strawberries! Such a lovely texture and flavour for yogurt.
I’m loving the look of it! And that photograph of the little jar of sea salt.

dixya says:

I am veryyy inspired to make this now. Never thought of adding fennel.

What a great recipe! And lovely photos too. Yum!

I so need this! It looks incredible!! The roasted strawberries are an awesome twist.

Love the recipe, especially the mature flavors here like the fennel with the roasting and balsamic vinegar. It’s the perfect adult frozen yogurt thought I am sure kids will love it too!

I love roasted strawberries, your yogurt is so beautiful!

nipponnin says:

An amazing strawberry pic! And other pictures are also fabulous! I want to know who the guy sent you yogurt? Lucky you! I love to make this dessert, like this afternoon!

Amy Tong says:

What a lovely recipe and beautiful pictures. 🙂 I agree, roasting the strawberries really brings out the flavor. That’s how I make my roasted strawberry ice cream. I gotta give this frozen yogurt a try next time. I know my family will love it just as much.

The fennel is such a clever addition! It sure took the flavours to a different level. Beautiful flavours and a great textured.

carey says:

I have been obsessing over the combination of strawberry + fennel ever since a recent trip to my friends’ juice cart, where they had a strawberry-rhubarb juice on the menu and fennel in the list of optional add-ons. When I asked about the fennel, they told me that they actually didn’t have any fennel yet this season, since it was still in the baby stages (and they can’t get much juice from those). This is taking that obsession to a new level. (Because, let’s be real, I’d rather eat frozen yogurt than drink a juice!) The color of the frozen yogurt is absolutely gorgeous, and the photos are stunning! (:

Love all the touches of the roasted, balsamic & fennel. Brilliant recipe as the photography. DId I tell you frozen strawberry yogurt is my husband all time favorite?! 🙂

Kankana, must have this now!Seriously what a perfectly refreshing combo of flavors.
xo
E

Fennel seeds infused frozen yogurt sounds exotic ! Would try it no matter what 🙂
And your too-much-perfect pictures triggered my craving even more 🙂

the combination of strawberries and fennel seeds is interesting!

How on the earth I missed leaving a comment here… See thats what happens I check your post gorgeousness on my phone n then keep drooling over it beauty… In between sometime miss leaving my comments…LOL
Beautiful Kankana as always babe…
I can only imagine the freshness from sauf in this… LOVE!

Ooo, I like the idea of throwing fennel in the mix!

strawberry ice cream is one thing- roasted strawberry ice cream is a whole new idea to ice cream and I just love this! LOVE LOVE LOVE this

I never roasted strawberries (or let me think…maybe any fruits?). I have to try it myself! Love froyo and strawberry is my #1 pick before chocolate. 🙂

This photo looks like the sea salt landed on an island in the middle of rough dark ocean at dusk. Imaginative, I know… but if you look at it, the colors says that 🙂