Blackberry Frozen Yogurt with Lychees

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on March 9, 2009

 

lychee and black berry

We had fabulous weather over the weekend. It was almost like summer! So I decided to do a summery frozen yogurt and pair it with one of my favorite fruits – lychees (or litchis). I made the frozen yogurt with blackberries and piped it into the lychees. So you could also call this lychees stuffed with frozen yogurt.
 
Blackberry Frozen Yogurt with Lychees
makes about 2 servings. you will have left over frozen yogurt.

2 cups plain yogurt, I used low fat.
1 ½ cups blackberries either fresh or thawed from frozen
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice, optional
a 20 oz can of lychees in syrup

Blackberry Frozen Yogurt with Lychees

Drain the lychees and gently pat them dry. Place the drained lychees in the fridge till you are ready to use them.

Place a sieve or strainer over a vessel. Place a double layer of cheese cloth over the strainer. Put the yogurt in the cheese cloth. Gather and tie the ends of the cheese cloth to form a bundle. Put the yogurt bundle with the strainer and vessel in the fridge. We want most the liquid from the yogurt to drain. This will take about 2 hours.

Blackberry Frozen Yogurt with Lychees

In the meanwhile, puree the blackberries, sugar and lemon juice in a blender. Push the blackberry mixture through a sieve or strainer. Discard the seeds in the strainer.

When the yogurt has drained, return it to the blender along with the strained blackberry mixture. Blend till everything is combined well. Taste the mixture and adjust sugar if needed.

If you have an ice cream maker, process the yogurt blackberry mixture according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Blackberry Frozen Yogurt with Lychees

For creamy frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker:
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make creamy frozen yogurt. Pour the blackberry yogurt mixture into a shallow dish, cover the dish, and place in the freezer. Freeze for about 2 hours until the yogurt is half frozen.

Now Scrape the yogurt and put it back in the blender. Blend until smooth. Return the mixture to the dish, cover, and freeze again. Let the yogurt freeze another 2 hours. Scrape up the yogurt and blend again. Repeat the freeze-blend-freeze process 3 times. This will result in creamy frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker!

To serve, fill a serving dish with ice cubes. Remove the drained lychees from the fridge. Arrange the lychees, hole-side up, over the ice. Place the frozen yogurt in a zip lock bag, and snip the end of the bag. Pipe the yogurt into the lychees. Serve immediately.

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Notes
If your lychees aren’t firm enough to stand up straight or hold the frozen yogurt, freeze the lychees for about 30 minutes. This will make them firm enough to hold their shape and easier for you to pipe in the yogurt.

If you decide to place the lychees on a bed of ice, make sure you serve the dish immediately. Otherwise the ice will melt and your lychees will drown.

An easier method – simply chop up the lychees and top the frozen yogurt with the chopped lychees.

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1 Varsha Vipins March 9, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Oh..back with a bang!!!..Abs fantastic dish..what pretty pics Sala..:)Lucky u..we hav still snow all here..:p

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2 Chris @ Beyond Ramen March 9, 2009 at 11:50 pm

I should have known better, but I never thought that one could make frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker! This method might be a little labor intensive, but probably well worth the effort :) I am totally going to try this when I go home – thanks!

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3 Superchef March 10, 2009 at 12:04 am

that is just mind-blowing!!! lucky you, to have all that sun…it still snowing here! :(

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4 Gina March 10, 2009 at 12:59 am

Too adorable!! I love it!

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5 Sara March 10, 2009 at 1:15 am

This looks beautiful, I love lychees. I usually just eat them plain, can’t wait to try them this way!

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6 Soma March 10, 2009 at 2:17 am

What an absolutely gorgeous idea!! Lychees are my very very favorite & i miss the fresh ones..get the dried (fresh) ones whenever I see them. I can really imagine popping these in my mouth of after another!! blackberry yogurt ..oh my!

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7 Indhu March 10, 2009 at 2:29 am

awesome recipe… love the final picture :)

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8 Cham March 10, 2009 at 3:37 am

The weekend was good but today is cold! I think halving the lychee will make easier the life! I will do in summer when lychee will be appearing here. Beautiful color contrast!

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9 Elra March 10, 2009 at 5:47 am

Oh my, this is also too beautiful to eat.
Cheers,
elra

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10 Esi March 10, 2009 at 6:10 am

So gorgeous as usual. I have to save this frozen yogurt recipe. It sounds so refreshing and perfect for the warmer weather.

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11 Asha March 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Lychee juice and Beer, Shanty! I made it once when I had Lychee juice Carton, was so yum!

http://aromahope.blogspot.com/2007/08/lychee-bread-pudding-and-lychee-shanty.html

Blackberry yogurt so yummy, great for Summer days! :)

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12 A_and_N March 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Lovely ice cream :) and equally beatiful pics!

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13 Happy cook March 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Wow itlooks so beautiful and so yumm.
I wanted to pick them up and pop in my mouth.

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14 heidileon March 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm

what a lovely idea! delicious!!

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15 Alka March 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Talk about Droooooooooooooling captures…this sounds so lovely dessert.
Happy Holi dear,wishing the same to ur family too :-)

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16 Daily Spud March 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

What a great idea, the lychees look superb (though it’s still a bit too cold around here to be considering summery desserts just yet :) )

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17 lisaiscooking March 10, 2009 at 2:30 pm

So pretty! And, it sounds absolutely delicious.

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18 Olga March 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm

what a beautiful dessert! I can’t believe how nice it was over the weekend and now it’s cold again.

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19 Trupti March 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm

what a lovely photos !!! Yogurt sounds very delicious.
Happy Holi !!

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20 anna March 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I love the idea to fill the lychees! I have a can of them sitting in the cupboard and now I think I’ll hold on to them until it gets a liiiittle warmer here, then I’m freezing and filling those suckers with something!

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21 Cynthia March 10, 2009 at 9:51 pm

This is great! I can see them being passed as hors d’oeuvres at a party or as a palate cleanser between courses. What a cool find!

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22 Andrea March 11, 2009 at 1:46 am

I love these! I can just imagine the refreshing explosion in your mouth. I’ve been craving cold foods lately, which is weird since it’s winter. Your pictures are beautiful!

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23 veggie belly March 11, 2009 at 2:16 am

Ash, now that you mentioned it, yes they do look like boobs with purple/hot pink nipples!

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24 Grace March 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

boobs with hot pink nipples. wow. :)
seriously, i’ve never eaten a lychee, but your frozen yogurt looks marvelous! yep, i need to get out more.

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25 Núria March 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Oooooohhhh what beautiful pictures, I love them!!! And the sight of those lychees makes me drool… what a fantastic idea :D

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26 Gayathri March 11, 2009 at 9:40 pm

wow i fell head to toes by seeing u pics, great ones

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27 ASIV March 14, 2009 at 12:24 am

How did i miss this post? These yogurt stuffed lycheese look like pretty flower buds :)

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28 TBC March 14, 2009 at 7:10 pm

The blackberries look absolutely stunning. Have not even looked at the recipe yet…:D

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29 Yasmeen March 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm

WOW lychees,I wish it were less pricey and not so rare.Delightful summer dessert with frozen berry yogurt:)

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30 meeso April 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Now, that’s just simply pretty :)

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