A cherry pitter comes in handy when making dishes with fresh cherries. You can also use a paring knife to cut out the pit.
- 3 cups pitted fresh or frozen cherries
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sugar (more or less depending on how sweet the cherries and how sweet you want your frozen yogurt to be)
- 1/4 cup whole milk (can substitute half-and-half or cream for creamier version)
- 1 1/2 cups full fat yogurt (if you are using non or low-fat yogurt, add 2 Tbsp heavy cream)
- 2 Tbsp almond liqueuer such as Amaretto (optional)
1 Cook the cherries with lemon juice and sugar: Place the pitted cherries, lemon juice, and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
While the mixture is heating, use a potato masher to mash up the berries in the pot which will release some of their moisture.
When all of the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
2 Place the cherry mixture in a blender and pulse until smooth.
3 Make and chill yogurt base: Mix cherry purée, milk, and yogurt together in a bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour; the longer the mixture chills the better (can chill overnight).
4 Process in ice cream maker: Right before processing in an ice cream maker, add the almond liqueur if using. The alcohol in the liqueur will help keep the frozen yogurt smooth, but it is not necessary.
Process the mixture in your ice cream maker for 25 minutes.
You can eat it right away (it will be rather soft) or put it in the freezer for a few hours to harden up a bit.