Saturday, July 21, 2012
I guess we are never really ready for extreme temperatures, especially here in Romania. When it's cold, we moan it's unbearably cold, when it's hot, we ceaselessly complain about the heat. Though I am fine under the a/c 24/7 with either a glass of Saudi Champagne or frozen strained yoghurt aka labneh. :)
Some of my readers might know that I have a passion for strained full-fat yoghurt and a quick search on this blog can unearth some amazing Middle Eastern dishes and fusion combinations: savoury labneh, sweet labneh, labneh cheesecake with lime leaves etc
If labneh comes in endless delicious combinations, I thought to myself why not try my hand at frozen yoghurt with a touch of Middle East?
This is my version of frozen yoghurt, Middle Eastern style. :)
Frozen Labneh with Vanilla, Lemon and Blueberries
900 gr of 7 % fat yoghurt
100 gr double cream
4 tbs of honey
200 gr of fresh blueberries coated in sugar (aprox 2 tbs)
2 tsp of vanilla extract
Strain the yoghurt for 20 minutes and mix it with double cream, honey, vanilla extract and lemon rind.
Cover the blueberries in sugar and leave them for 5 minutes to soak in all the sugar.
The easiest part is when you pour the blueberries over the labneh mix and whisk lightly. Place in a container and freeze for 2-3 hours at -28 degrees C.
I plan on buying an ice-cream machine but until then freezing my labneh does the trick! :)
All I have to add is that it's mouth-watering and mind-blowing. The secret ingredient must be the lemon rind which imparts a delicate flavour and pairs perfectly with the blueberries and yoghurt.