Prep 45 mins
Cook 24 hrs
This is an adaptation of an Alton Brown recipe from foodnetwork.com. I experimented with it; the first time I halved the amount of yogurt, but used the original amounts of lemon juice and ginger. Too fiery for us! Now I use just enough ginger to give it flavor, but the lemon predominates. The crystallized ginger gives it that ginger "pop." The 'Zaar nutritional information may be off -- I use Fage Total Nonfat Yogurt, which means a 1/2 cup portion is 87 calories, 0 g. fat (2 WW points).
- 4 cups plain yogurt (plain, I use Fage Total nonfat yogurt)
- 1⁄4 cup light corn syrup (light)
- 3⁄8 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (fresh)
- 2 teaspoons lemon peel (finely grated)
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (fresh, finely minced or grated)
- 1⁄4 cup crystallized ginger (I use The Ginger People's crystallized ginger chips)
- If you use Greek strained yogurt, you don't need to do this step. If you use regular supermarket plain yogurt, it's a good idea to place it in a colander lined with cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Drain it for 12 hours in the refrigerator. When you're ready to make the yogurt base, throw out the liquid in the bowl and use the strained yogurt.
- Combine yogurt, corn syrup, sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, and fresh ginger. You can mix it in a blender or food processor, or just mix it by hand. Refrigerate overnight.
- Transfer to your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- A few minutes before the yogurt is done, add the crystallized ginger chips. (If chips are on the large size, run 'em through a mini-chop before you blend them into the yogurt.).
- You can serve immediately, or pop it back in to the freezer for two hours and then serve.