Chocolate Crusted Frozen Yogurt Berry Cakes for the Fourth

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Colorful fresh berries, fireworks, bbq's, the heat of summer...  it's time to celebrate our beautiful nation's freedom and independence. We'll be celebrating all day at the beach with friends -- both American and Japanese! and bbq'ing until the fireworks at night. This is the most delicious and perfect dessert for the day: simple with only a few ingredients, refreshing, and a bit of decadence in the chocolate crust and edible gold flakes.

You can prepare this dessert ahead of time tonight or in the morning, keep it refrigerated, and serve it in a large dish or a cute assortment of small bowls.  To all of our American family and friends, Happy Fourth of July!!


Chocolate Crusted Frozen Yogurt Berry Cakes for the Fourth
{makes 6 small bowls or 1 9x9 inch pan}

2 C fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced
1 C fresh blueberries, rinsed
edible gold flakes {optional}
2 1/2 C crushed graham cracker crumbs
2 1/2 C good quality milk chocolate, broken into pieces {look for a chocolate that only has a few ingredients and uses cocoa butter, not an artificial additive}
8 TBS butter, room temperature and cut into eighths
19 oz french vanilla greek yogurt {whole-milk}, chilled

Pour the graham cracker crumbs into a large mixing bowl.

Add the chocolate pieces into a small saucepan with the chunks of butter on top, turning your stovetop to medium low. As soon the heat is on, begin stirring. The chocolate and butter will melt very quickly, so continue stirring so it doesn't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. When there are still a few chunks left, remove from the heat and continue stirring until the mixture is completely smooth. Poor into the graham cracker crumbs, and use a fork to fully combine. Divide the mixture evenly between 6 small cups, or in one 9x9 inch baking pan. Use your fingers to form the crust to the edges of the serving dish{es} and place in the freezer.

This shouldn't take longer than about 10-15 minutes! It's a very quick and simple dessert. After the crust has had a few minutes to cool and form in the freezer, fill it with the chilled greek yogurt. You can either top the desserts with the fresh fruit at this point, or wait until it's time to eat. Place back in the freezer, covered for about two hours. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Top with the edible gold flakes for a little more glam!

19 comments:

  1. ohhhh yum! Your fouth sounds like it's going to be a ton of fun:) In KTM they are holding a 4th of July party close to the US Embassy, and having a BBQ, swimming, and other fun events! I'm excited! Love you...ps- as usual, these look gorgeous!

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    1. be safe my lovely friend (: countdown to euro starts now!!

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  2. Gosh that looks amazing. I may have to try that for my team...no Americans but heck any reason to eat good food gives us cause to celebrate!!!

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  3. MMMMMMMMMMM - I have fallen in love with graham crackers lately so this sounds awesome!! MISS YOU cutie.
    love, lanneybear

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  4. Yum! Sounds delicious! I may add this to my list to make tomorrow. Wearing red white and blue and eating red white and blue!

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  5. Oh my word this looks so good! Wishing I was back in America to celebrate with some yummy red/white/blue food!

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  6. That looks so good. Hope you enjoy your 4th festivities!

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  7. Perfect way to celebrate our country! Happy Fourth of July!

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  8. Oh yum, these look AMAZING!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  9. Amanda, you are beyond adorable! I love all of these pictures so much! Beautiful way to celebrate the 4th :)

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    1. Thanks, Britt!! happy Fourth!

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  10. These sound delicious! Your photography makes everything so lovely, you have such talent! I hope you have a wonderful 4th!

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    1. thank you (: that's really sweet of you. hope you had a great Fourth too!

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  11. We've been picking fresh berries all week--these sound delicious!

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  12. This is perfect! And I love that you're celebrating abroad :)

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