pineapple yogurt ice cream

Pineapple yogurt ice cream recipe

Well that was a long vacation in Japan! I was there for just over five weeks and now that I am back in Brooklyn, I feel refreshed and ready to get back on the food blogging horse. I spent most of my vacation in the south of Japan, Fukuoka to be precise, with my mother, a wonderful and funny woman I wish I could see more often. I got my fill of Japanese food feasting on nigiri zushi, ramen, soba, curry rice, bread and pickled plum 😉 . We took a short trip to Yufuin where the hot springs are stunning, saw a baseball game (go Hawks!), had coffee and pasta in a famous cat cafe and of course, shopped until we dropped. We also watched a lot of TV since I love Japanese quiz shows!

While I was there relaxing on my mother’s couch I had plenty of time to flip through Japanese cookbooks and magazines. The idea to make a pineapple yogurt ice cream sprouted from a shaved ice cream recipe I saw in one of them. There is nothing more refreshing than a big pile of shaved ice topped with sweet syrup and a little condensed milk in my book! When it’s 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, my diet consists of ice pops, ice cream sandwiches, chocolate sundays and now that I have something healthier, pineapple yogurt ice cream.

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You see the picture above with only four ingredients? That’s all you need to make this recipe! The texture is like a creamy version of a granita and its taste is mild with a hint of sweetness. Both Ben and I instantly fell in love with this dessert as soon as we took a bite. You can certainly use other fruit to create this yogurt ice cream recipe but I chose pineapple because of its bright yellow color and refreshing taste. I think about Hawaii and palm trees when I see pineapples!

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The trick to achieving this texture is to fluff the frozen mixture a few times using a fork – this gives it volume, lightness and creaminess. It pairs really well with a baseball game, a purring kitty and the sound of wind chimes 🙂 .

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Pineapple Yogurt Ice Cream

pineapple yogurt ice cream
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapples
  • 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • mint (as garnish)

Instructions

  1. Put pineapple and yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Put sugar and water in a microwave safe bowl and zap for 15 seconds. Stir until sugar has completely melted.
  3. Add honey to yogurt and pineapple and blend.
  4. Add sugar mixture to blender and blend for a few seconds.
  5. Put mixture in a tupperware, cover with a lid and put in the freezer for 3 hours.
  6. Using a fork, fluff up the mixture, return to freezer and leave for another 2 hours.
  7. Fluff with a fork again and serve topped with mint.
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