Sunday, May 22, 2011

The smoothie king

A few weeks ago, my trusty KitchenAid blender bit the dust. It was in the honorable service of making a smoothie when a puff of stinky smoke rose from the base. This weekend, after considerable research and consultation, I became the proud owner of a Breville BBL600.

Despite its price and advance praise, and even after seeing it featured in Giada's TV kitchen, I didn't expect it to be much more than a power blender. But for smoothie lovers, this thing is the bomb. A dedicated smoothie function whips and pulses frozen fruit and yogurt into submission, yielding a sublime blend that looks like something you'd pay too much for at a specialty shop.

My first effort produced a drinkable mix of frozen strawberries and fresh peaches. Tonight's concoction was thicker, more the texture of ice cream, featuring frosty local blueberries and frozen peaches. Substitute any mix of fresh fruit or frozen you've got on hand.

2 containers plain non-fat yogurt
2 cups frozen peach slices
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 tbsp agave syrup
1/4 cup juice, such as Tropical Splash

Set both cups of yogurt and rinsed blueberries in the freezer for about 45 minutes, until firm but not frozen solid. Transfer with all other ingredients to blender jar. Blend to desired consistency and pour into three dessert glasses. Serve immediately.

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