Aug 252010
 
Thanks to everyone for the Birthday wishes!  23 isn’t necessarily the most exciting age to achieve…no special privelages, no cards at hallmark that say, “you’re 23!”, just another year deep into adulthood.  Even better when this nothing birthday falls on a Tuesday, possibly the least exciting day of the week.  Luckily I have some great friends and family who helped make it not just another tuesday.  I know you’re not supposed to bake for yourself on your birthday…but I couldn’t help myself.


One of the amazing birthday gifts I got this year was a cuisinart ice cream maker.  I know i talked smack in my peach sorbet post about not needing an ice cream maker, but I was lying.  I decided for my first attempt I could go with basic tart pinkberry style yogurt.  All you do is strain greet yogurt, mix with some sugar and let it rip in the ice cream maker.  I also made a pie crust out of low fat graham crackers, oats, flax seed, brown sugar, apple sauce, and a tiny bit of butter.




The key to this birthday treat is all the beautiful fresh fruit that went on top.  You can use any that you like, but the more colors the better.


Decorate the pie and you’re ready to go.  Just as tasty as it is beautiful.  And the fro yo is homemade!!! Can’t wait for more adventures with my new ice cream maker.



Tart Frozen Yogurt


Ingredients:

  • 32 oz greek plain frozen yogurt (2% will be a creamier fro yo but I guess fat free is ok too)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (less or more depending on how tart/sweet you like it.
Crust:
  • 10 ghraham crackers
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce

Directions:
1.  For the crust, gring the graham crackers in the food processor until finely ground.  Add the oats, flax seed, brown sugar and salt and pulse a few times to combine.  Add butter (cubed), apple sauce, and vanilla and pulse so the mixture becomes crumble.
2.  Press into a pie pan (I didn’t end up using all of the crust mixture because I think my pie pan is on the small side).  Bake in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.
3.  Before starting the fro yo process, make sure you ice cream maker bowl has been in the freezer for 24 hours and that you’ve strained the yogurt.  I did this by putting a strainer on top of an empty bowl, lining the strainer with paper towel and pouring the yogurt in.  Cover with paper towels.  This will draw all the liquid out so the yogurt is extra creamy.
4.  Mix strained yogurt with sugar and pour into your ice cream maker following the directions for your machine.  Should take about 25-30 minutes.
5.  Fill pie crust and put in freezer for about and hour so everything sets.  Top with fresh fruit and serve. 

  2 Responses to “Happy Birthday to…Me. Homemade frozen yogurt pie.”

  1. Your pictures make my mouth water! I have enjoyed reading your blog — found out about you via a friend who works for your dad (I think?). Anyway, keep up the good, healthy cooking! -www.everythinggal.com

  2. So happy you found it!! Yes, makes sense that my dad is the source…i’m pretty sure my blog is now blocked at their office. Proud father to the extreme. Love your blog as well and am excited to follow it!

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