August 24, 2011


I love black sesame seeds for its sweet earthiness.  I love frozen yogurt for its cool creaminess.  So you can probably guess how much I love black sesame frozen yogurt!

It's really important to strain the yogurt to create a smoother texture.  So first thing is first, line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth or paper towel and scoop in 4 cups of plain whole milk yogurt.  Fold edges of cheesecloth over and let sit in refrigerator for 6 hours.

Frozen yogurt recipe is adapted from 101 cookbooks.
2 cups of strained plain whole milk yogurt
1/2 cup of sugar (less if you prefer)

To make black sesame paste:
1/3 cup black sesame seeds
1/3 sugar
2/3 butter

Mix together yogurt and sugar until the sugar has dissolved.  Put the mixture into the fridge for a few hours.  It needs to chill out and get ready to turn into the greatest frozen yogurt of its life!

In the mean time, pour black sesame seeds into small saucepan.  Heat on medium high until lightly toasted and until you smell the aroma.  Place black sesame seeds into food processor or coffee grinder and grind into powder.  Melt butter in saucepan and add back in black sesame seeds and sugar.  Stir on low heat until mixture turns into paste.

Take out yogurt/sugar mixture and stir in some of the black sesame paste.  Place into ice cream maker and follow maker's instructions.  It will be soft right out of the ice cream maker so you can put it into the freezer if you want it a little harder.

Scoop out frozen yogurt and nom nom to your heart's delight!

Now, these portions are a guide - this recipe is very forgiving.  You can adjust the amount of sugar if you prefer it to be less sweet.  You can also put in less black sesame paste if you want a more subtle flavour.  It's all up to you and any left over black sesame paste can be added to many dishes.  I like to spread it on crepes, add it to cookies for a nutty flavour or make the traditional Chinese dessert glutinous rice dumplings (tang yuan).  Or my favourite use, you can just spoon it into your mouth.


  1. It's simply inspiring. How I wish I was you.

  2. Thank you for the sweet comment! :)

  3. Looks very nice but its a shame there is so much butter and sugar in it. I make mine with non fat Greek yoghurt, a spoon of honey, an optional tbsp of vodka (to stop it going icy when you freeze it) and put it the ice cream maker for 20-30 mins and its lovely... just can't see why you need so much high carb , heart disease inducing ingredients.... but that's your choice :-)
    Thanks for sharing though - it did inspire me to make a healthier version.

  4. Hi Anonymous,

    Thanks for suggesting your healthier alternative to my recipe. I make this frozen yogurt recipe as a special treat on occasion but if I were to make this more often, I would certainly consider your alternative. Thanks for the comment, I always welcome people's feedback and suggestions.


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