Monday, May 16, 2016

Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt #SecretRecipeClub

It's time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal day for my new group, Group C! What is Secret Recipe Club? It's a bunch of food bloggers separated into three groups that post once a month on a designated Monday. Each month, we are paired with another foodie from our group secretly (hence the name). We then pick a recipe (or two or more) from that blog and make it. On our reveal day, we reveal whose blog we had and what recipe(s) we chose all at the same time. It's like a Secret Santa every month, but with food and blogs! It's a great deal of fun :)

Group D kept getting smaller and smaller and the other groups were also starting to shrink, so we decided it was time to go back to 3 groups until we need the 4th group again. With that shift, I moved to Group C and also took over the hostess duties for Debbi, who has been very busy lately - so it worked out well for both of us! I'm very excited to get a new set of bloggers to visit and feature for reveal days.

This month, I was assigned to Group C member, Sara. She blogs at Cook With Sara - let me just say that I have had the hardest time making sure I didn't add the "h" at the end. Sara - do Saras without the "h" refer to it as the right way to spell it? Because that's what I always do - Sarah with an "h" is the right way :P I digress, Sara describes herself as a Midwestern girl with a love for food and cooking. She learned how to cook and bake from a young age from her mom and focuses on making old and new recipes with mostly every day ingredients. And I love that! I knew from the get-go that I would have no trouble finding a recipe to make on Sara's blog. I decided upon the Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt because I love frozen yogurt and have only made a few recipes. Two, if I remember correctly.

Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt // If there ever was a healthy version of cheesecake, this is it!! #froyo #recipe #cherry #cheesecake #SecretRecipeClub

I definitely went the sweets route when looking for recipes, so before I talk about the froyo, let me discuss the other recipes I almost made. Prepare yourselves because this is about to be a lot of recipes. I saved Pineapple Sorbet, Caramel Toffee Crunch Cheesecake, Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake, White Chocolate and Macadamia Blondies, Peach Cobbler Bars, Cookie Butter Blondies with White Chocolate Chips, Butterscotch Cashew Bars, Carrot Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting, Peach Cobbler Coffeecake, Blueberry Oatmeal Bread, Bananas Foster Bread, Lucky Charms Chex Mix, and Blackberry Rhubarb Bread. As you can see, I had a hard time choosing a a really hard time. But since I had only made froyo twice, I had to make her froyo!

Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt // If there ever was a healthy version of cheesecake, this is it!! #froyo #recipe #cherry #cheesecake #SecretRecipeClub

Best decision ever!! I only made some slight adjustments. Instead of plain yogurt, I used vanilla yogurt and I couldn't find any fresh cherries, so I resorted to a mix of frozen, pitted cherries from Kroger's Private Selection brand. I thawed them a little bit and then chopped them. I had no problem with the recipe with those adjustments and I froze it overnight. It was so lovely. It literally tasted just like cherry cheesecake. It was super rich though, so you can't really overindulge on it even though it's a little healthier than ice cream. It got huge thumbs up from everyone in the family. You would never know it was frozen yogurt, so it could definitely trick a few folks who may think froyo sounds weird. I'm convinced it could turn a froyo hater (if that is such a thing) into a froyo lover!! :) Thanks, Sara, for the awesome recipe. I cannot wait to try more of the recipes on your blog!

Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt // If there ever was a healthy version of cheesecake, this is it!! #froyo #recipe #cherry #cheesecake #SecretRecipeClub

What you need:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups frozen pitted cherries, partly thawed and chopped

  1. In your stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add lemon juice and 1 cup of yogurt at a time and beat until smooth.
  3. Pour into your ice cream maker and make your froyo according to ice cream maker instructions. During the last five minutes, add cherries.
  4. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for several hours or overnight.
Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt // If there ever was a healthy version of cheesecake, this is it!! #froyo #recipe #cherry #cheesecake #SecretRecipeClub

Recipe slightly adapted from Cook With Sara


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