Happy First Official Day of Summer!
Summer is in full-force here in California and I couldn’t be more excited. Autumn is still my favorite hands-down, but summer is a close second.
Reasons I love summer:
Fresh Summer Fruit
(omg delicious, fresh apricots galore in my backyard right now, they’re the best snack ever!)
Opportunities to tan
The fact that flip flops are acceptable to wear nearly everywhere
Fun Summer Beverages (iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade, limeade, etc…)
Summer dresses & outfits
Santa Cruz in the Summer
Summer make-up (ie no frills makeup, just the basics, light & natural looking)
Summer fruit pies & frozen pies (see my favorite frozen yogurt pie recipe at bottom of post!)
Eating ice cream outside on a hot summer day
Sitting outside to paint my nails and read a book
I could go on and on but these are just a handful of the reasons I love summer :]
To start off the summer right, here’s a super easy Summer dessert that’s a great end to a BBQ.
Frozen Yogurt Pie
Recipe courtesy of my mother
4 fruit-flavored yogurts of your choice (I like to use Yoplait – they have the best consistency for this – I typically choose Strawberry or Cherry, but you could definitely use a citrus yogurt like Key Lime or Lemon)
1 container Cool Whip
1 graham cracker pie crust (you can make the pie crust, but for a quick/easy dessert, I would just buy a pre-made one, also I like to use the lid that comes with the pre-made pie crusts for the freezing process, rather than wrapping it with foil or plastic wrap)
*Note: an Oreo pie crust pairs well with strawberry yogurt
1 package frozen fruit (optional)
[strawberry yogurt, use frozen strawberries or mixed berries; cherry yogurt, use frozen cherries, mixed berries, or blueberries; lemon yogurt, use blueberries or no fruit]
Fresh fruit for topping (optional)
In a large bowl, combine your yogurts and the entire container of Cool Whip. Stir until thoroughly combined. If adding frozen fruit, mix in the entire bag after the Cool Whip and yogurts have been entirely combined. Spoon the mixture into your pre-made pie crust. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon or an offset spatula. Replace the lid onto the pie crust container and freeze for 3 – 4 hours. Allow about 10 minutes for the pie to thaw before serving.
Optional: Top with freshly cut fruit before serving. Also optional, criss-cross chocolate drizzle over the top of the pie. I recommend using the magic-shell chocolate drizzle as it will harden when it touches the frozen yogurt, creating a nice crunch on top of the pie. You can also melt chocolate chips for a similar effect, but the texture will not be exactly the same.
The combinations are pretty much endless for this easy summer dessert. Let me know what combinations you try!
Happy First Day of Summer!