Cherry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Stracciatella

Many wonderful fruits are available again as summer rolls around, and one of my favorites: cherries! There’s something fun about having a ton of cherries and just lazily working through them, munching and spitting out the pits. While this dessert won’t give you the pit spitting experience, its still a delicious way to enjoy these little red jewels: Cherry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Stracciatella.

I really enjoyed the taste of this and was especially pleased since this was my first foray into the world of frozen yogurt. It was rich, but not as heavy as the ice creams I’m used to making. I was also quite pleased that it was similar in texture to the ice creams I’m used to–creamy, easily scooped, but firm enough to hold a respectable shape. Plus, the flavor was wonderful–the fresh, sweet, dark flavor the cherries combined with the rich tang of the yogurt put this on a much higher plane than the alleged “frozen yogurt” we’re all used to from some other eateries usually found in a mall. I chose to round the flavors out a bit with some cognac, almond, and since I think cherries and chocolate are a match made in heaven, stracciatella. If “stracciatella” sounds fancy and intimidating, its really just a high fallooting way of saying chocolate chips/shavings in ice cream that earns you cool points and classy points for every time you say it (and yes, I’ve technically misused it since it really refers to a vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips, but I still get all the cool points. Questioning my word usage means you lose 10 cool points).

For all the similarities, I was also quite pleased with how much easier it is–no eggs to separate/cook, no straining, no steeping, etc. So if you’ve been tempted to try making ice cream at home but have thus far been afraid to try it, what I’m trying to say is frozen yogurt is a fantastic compromise–you’ll get spectacular results for very minimal effort and its healthier than ice cream.

This is also another one of my entries in You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts, an event focused on the cold treats to fight off the summer heat. Join in the fun and whip up something cold. Also, be sure to check back later to see what everyone else has been churning!

I derived this recipe from the sour cherry frozen yogurt from The Perfect Scoop, which was derived from Adam of the Amateur Gourmet.

  • 3 cups cherries (I used Bing cherries)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp cognac
  • few drops of almond extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate

The first step is the most labor intensive step of this recipe: prepping the cherries. If you have a cherry pitter, I’m sure you can fly through this step, but I don’t. Granted, I think its pretty easy and something you could have done in under 10 minutes, but the prospect of pitting all of those cherries by hand merits an audible groan. So let it out and get to work. Pop off the stems, roll them under your knife to quickly split them in half, and just fold open, tossing the pit to one side and the cherry flesh into a saucepan. Be careful not to stain your clothing during all of this. One cherry in there is plotting against you. Watching. Waiting.

With all of your cherries pitted, toss them with the sugar in the saucepan and crank up the heat to medium-high. Stir this periodically and the cherries will begin to soften and surrender their juices while the sugar will dissolve and form a delicious syrup. After about 10 minutes or so, the cherries ought to be fairly tender and you should have a good bit of juice. Remove from heat once you do.

Now, while the cherries are hot, transfer this to the food processor or blender. If you want cherry chunks in your final frozen yogurt, don’t puree just yet, but maybe give a quick few pulses. If you’d rather have the cherry completely mixed in to your final frozen yogurt (as I chose to do this time), puree this mixture well.

If you have a lot of free time, let this cool to room temperature before you go any further. I sped things along by setting this in a bowl over an ice bath for about 20 minutes. Once the cherry mixture is sufficiently cool, add the yogurt, cognac, and almond extract and stir everything together (or, like I did, simply put it all through the food processor!) until well mixed.

Set this aside in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap (press it right against the surface), and let this rest in the fridge for about 2 hours so it can cool down.

Once time is up, churn this in your ice cream maker according to the directions that came with your machine.

If you choose to add the stracciatella, about 2 minutes before the churning is done, melt your chocolate in a bowl in the microwave (30 seconds, stir, another 30 seconds, stir, and repeat if necessary until totally and nicely melted down). Once the chocolate is in liquid form, pour a very thin stream into the churning ice cream maker, doing your best to avoid the dasher (but let’s be realistic…). The thin stream of chocolate will resolidify into little chunks on contact with the cold yogurt and it will be quite nicely dispersed throughout the frozen yogurt.

Transfer this to an air tight container and let it rest in the freezer over night. Then, either grab a bowl of cherries, or if you’re not in the mood to spit pits, a bowl of cherry frozen yogurt, and enjoy!

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40 Responses to “Cherry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Stracciatella”

  1. Graeme Says:

    They’ll fight you all the way, but they all end up frozen in the end; you know they love it though.

    I love frozen yoghurt, often moreso than regular ice-cream. I admire the purity of what you’ve done here.

  2. Meeta Says:

    oh i am loving this. i actually bought a huge bag of cherries but had another cherry ice-cream in mind. however with the chocolate bits you are tempting me to your side!

  3. joanne at frutto della passione Says:

    I have no problem with the use of stracciatella, after all the yogurt was white before you added the strawberries, wasn’t it? It looks and sounds wonderful, and my desire to purchase an ice cream maker grows!

  4. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Says:

    Even though I am reading this at breakfast time, I’m tempted to get started making some right away. Cherries aren’t in season here yet, but strawberries are — and strawberries go well with chocolate, too. Hmmm….

  5. Raquel Says:

    Splendiferous! Absolute nirvana! I love cherries and chocolate by themselves, what could be better than together AND mixed into an ice cream!

  6. Nora Says:

    My knees feel weak from looking at all those cherries!! I LOVE cherries. I actually saw some at the grocers today, but they are not in season, so it’s $19/kg :-(

    Your frozen yogurt looks great. When will it be available for sale? 😉


  7. nina Says:

    Although I have an ice-cream machine, I shy away from making ice-cream simply because of my fear of failure. Your recipe bridges that step and I am happy to say – I WILL GIVE IT A GO!!!!

  8. Peter Says:

    Ice cream man…that’s Mike’s new moniker!

    Cherries, tangy Greek yogurt, booze…all in!

  9. Sandie (Inn Cuisine) Says:

    Mmm…. I’m all in too! I actually prefer frozen yogurt to ice cream. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been on a cherry bender as of late, and that this has Cognac in it (AND chocolate), and I’m in frozen dessert heaven. Time to break out the electric ice cream maker for sure!

  10. Jeff Says:

    About dang time you posted this walkthrough. How can you go wrong with cherries and chocolate and all you do is tempt me weeks ago with pictures.

    Telling you brother ice cream maker centered blog will make you a killing.

  11. Joy the Baker Says:

    Just lovely Mike! And I love that’s it’s frozen yogurt… I’m not the biggest fan of egg yolks in my ice cream. It’s just so rich. Great job!

  12. noble pig Says:

    Oh wow, what a special treat, I love making ice cream but cherry sounds delicious!

  13. noble pig Says:

    I mean frozen yogurt..duh!

  14. pam Says:

    Well, I just added cherries to tomorrows grocery list!

  15. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy Says:

    This looks fabulous! David’s fro yo recipe is one of my absolute favorites. I’ll never go to TCBY again!

    We must be on the same wavelength lately. I’m just getting ready to post about cherry vanilla ice cream! 😉

  16. Jyothsna Says:

    Mike, this is an awesome recipe! Thanks, I’m going to try it really soon. I guess any other fruit in season will work the same way.

  17. grace Says:

    yes, you definitely earned some classy points here. i always award such points when people break out words i’ve never seen before and have no idea how to pronounce. :)
    oh, and clearly, your fro-yo is fab. :)

  18. the caked crusader Says:

    Surely making a frozen dessert guarantees cool points? (Ha ha – I made a joke!)

    Great colour; if we eat with our eyes then I want a big bowl of this!

  19. Mari Says:

    Wowsa Mike, this is gorgeous, and I bet it tastes even better! Btw…thanks for stopping by!

  20. Ivy Says:

    Mike, I really need to get that ice cream machine. The combinations are infinite.

  21. FlaNboyantEats Says:

    another one bites the dust. great helado.

  22. heather Says:

    mmmmm this sounds delicious!! i am gonna get working on my submission for this challenge tonight! so, so very excited :)

  23. Stacy Says:

    This looks so unbearably good. Can I pretend this is healthy because it’s frozen yogurt and not ice cream? Good, thanks. 😉

  24. Kevin Says:

    That cherry frozen yogurt with chocolate looks great! I recently tried making a frozen yogurt as well and enjoyed it.

  25. Shandy Says:

    WoW! This is so beautiful and I am dying to make this right now, except that I do not have any cherries in my kitchen right at this moment. That will be rectified shortly! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe =D

  26. brilynn Says:

    Oh how I love cherries…. this looks delicious!

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  32. Memoria Says:

    Is the alcohol a requisite for this recipe?

  33. Memoria Says:

    Thank you for answering my question about the alcohol. I added honey to the yogurt as a substitute, and the consistency of the yogurt was good. I was able to scoop it out without allowing it to sit for a few minutes.

    I admit that I was a bit wary about adding cherry with chocolate, but it was actually a good compliment to each other. It tastes really good. Thank you!

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