I had a conversation the other day with a friend who is thinking of starting a family. He asked me, "Kids--they're worth it, right?" My response? "Most of the time." I love my girls, and I can't imagine life without them. But sometimes, like tonight, they just push all my buttons. Awhile back I decided that Thursday is invariably the worst day of the week--prime time for some sort of meltdown. Everyone is tired. We're tired on Friday, too, but by that point, the end of the week is definitely in sight. On Thursday, we're almost as cranky, and still have to find a way to get through another day.
Fortunately there wasn't a homework meltdown from B this evening. (That was last night.) And at least G didn't wait until right before bed to have her every-other-day marathon bathroom session. (Sorry, I know it's mostly a food blog, but anyone have any great solutions for 4yo constipation?) But by now, I really just wish they'd finish up with the fooling around in the bathroom (they're supposed to be brushing their teeth) and go to bed already... Though on the plus side, I did manage to feed them something for dinner that they both ate without complaint. And it wasn't macaroni and cheese--there were actual vegetables involved. =)
Oddly enough, although I'm feeling tired and decidedly cranky, I have no interest in one of my usual stress remedies, chocolate. (I know, crazy, right?) I do, however, wish I had some of this frozen yogurt left. It would really hit the spot right now. It's lemon frozen yogurt with raspberry sauce, from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home.
I've made about a dozen recipes from the book so far--some that I've posted, and some that I haven't. (There's some Milkiest Chocolate with Marshmallows and Fudge Swirl in the freezer right now, for instance.) But it really hadn't occurred to me to try any of the frozen yogurt recipes. Then I went to a class that Jeni did here at Central Market last month. She mentioned that the lemon frozen yogurt was her favorite, and we got to sample it at the class. So I put it at the top of my list to try next.
More than with Jeni's ice cream recipes, you have to plan ahead a little for the frozen yogurt. The recipe calls for draining the yogurt for at least 6-8 hours to remove excess liquid. I didn't have cheesecloth, so I improvised. I lined my medium strainer with coffee filters, put it over a bowl, and added my quart of lowfat yogurt. I covered the top with plastic wrap, and stuck the whole contraption in the fridge overnight. By the way, can I just say that it's harder than I expected to find lowfat plain yogurt? I saw plenty of nonfat, and several brands of whole milk, but not a lot of choices for lowfat. I used Wallaby for the lemon. I think I'm going to try Stonyfield for the next batch, and see which I prefer. Another thing to note--you won't need all of the yogurt for this recipe, but the extra can be used for other things, like in place of sour cream in dips.
Besides draining the yogurt, you make a lemon syrup with lemon juice and sugar. The zest from the lemons gets added to the milk/cream mixture, which is similar to the ice cream, but with smaller amounts to account for the volume that will be added by the yogurt. Once the milk mixture is boiled and thickened with cornstarch and whisked into the cream cheese, the strained yogurt and lemon syrup are whisked in. I did add a pinch of salt that wasn't called for in the recipe. I also chilled my finished mixture in a regular ice bath rather than in a ziploc bag. Once the mixture was thoroughly chilled, I churned it and then layered it with Jeni's raspberry sauce as I packed it into a freezer container.
The verdict? I think I have a new favorite flavor. Much as I love chocolate, and the salty caramel (when I don't overcaramelize it), the lemon frozen yogurt is to die for. I do want to try the Lemon Cream ice cream as well, for comparison. What's actually up next is lime frozen yogurt with blackberry sauce. I'll keep you all posted on how that goes. Molly of Orangette says that she likes to eat this frozen yogurt from a teacup. I'd have to say my favorite way to eat this flavor is in a cone. You have the tart, refreshing tastes of lemon and raspberry with the crisp texture and browned butter-vanilla flavor of the cone. Mmm. I admit, I polished off most of the quart all by myself.
If you'd like to try this one for yourself, you can find the recipe here at The Splendid Table. But I strongly encourage you to get your hands on a copy of the book, so you can try lots of other fantastic recipes as well.