A Frozen Treat to Fight the Heat
Striped Frozen-Yogurt Terrine
Monday is all about cleansing — but by Tuesday, we’re ready to think about dessert again. Meet in the middle with a mostly-healthy terrine made from Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and whole-wheat crackers. Sounds plenty cleansing to us.
Follow this recipe (and the variation that follows) to make terrines using different fruit-flavor combinations; just start with six ounces of each of three types of fruit. Berries and stone fruits (plums, peaches, and nectarines) need to be cooked before pureeing, while melons and mangoes do not.
6 ounces fresh blueberries
6 ounces plums, pitted and chopped
2 1/4 cups sugar
6 ounces seedless watermelon, peeled and chopped
3 3/4 cups plain low-fat (2 percent) Greek yogurt
10 whole-wheat biscuit crackers, such as Carr’s, ground to crumbs in a food processor (about 3 ounces)
Variation: Use raspberries and strawberries instead of blueberries and plums, and chopped pitted mango instead of watermelon.
1. Place blueberries and plums in 2 separate saucepans; add 3/4 cup sugar to each. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until juices are released and sugar melts, 4 to 8 minutes. Increase heat and bring to a boil; cook until fruit breaks down and softens, 3 to 4 minutes more. Pass each fruit mixture through a fine sieve into a separate bowl, pressing on solids to remove as much liquid as possible. Let cool completely. Meanwhile, puree watermelon with remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a food processor, then pass through sieve into a bowl, again pressing on solids to remove liquid.
2. Whisk 1 1/4 cups yogurt into each puree; refrigerate until ready to use. Line 3 mini (3-by-5 1/2-inch) loaf pans or 1 standard (5-by-10- inch) loaf pan with parchment. Transfer watermelon mixture to an ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Spread evenly in prepared pan(s). Sprinkle with crumbs: 1 scant tablespoon for mini pans, 2 to 3 tablespoons for standard. Freeze until set, about 45 minutes. Repeat with plum and then blueberry mixture, layering one on top of the other; omit crumbs from final layer. Freeze until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
3. Run a knife around edges and unmold loaf. Cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices and serve.
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