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Scooped: Actually Good Frozen Yogurt with Roasted Cherry Compote

[Photograph: Ethan Frisch]

Note: I scream you scream we all scream for...this new column! You already know Max Falkowitz from his spice column here—he's joined forces with Ethan Frisch of the Guerrilla Ice Cream cart, a mobile NYC-based ice cream business, to create frozen dessert recipes for us every week through the end of the summer. And now, we pass the spoon to Ethan and Max! —The Mgmt.

Fro-yo has gotten a bad rap of late, considered behind the times, defunct, and passé. But when stripped down to its essentials, it's a fresh and surprisingly complex change from heavier ice creams. Unlike those leaden with eggs and other flavorings, this uncooked ice cream shows off all the nuances of quality dairy. It's also the perfect marriage of ancient bacteria cultivation and modern ice cream-freezing technology. Yogurt from your local PinkMangoRedBerry outlet simply doesn't compare to the stuff you can make at home. This version has only two ingredients, and making it happens so quickly, you'll worry you missed a step.

A good frozen yogurt is like a good white wine—tart, refreshing, and of course, cold. And like a nice white wine, frozen yogurt is great on its own and paired with all kinds of delicious things: fruit, nuts, and pretty much any sauce or syrup you can imagine. The Guerrilla Ice Cream cart serves Lebanese-style fro-yo with halawah and pomegranate molasses, but here we decided to take advantage of the fantastic cherries that are the first hallmark of the summer harvest.

Roasting cherries whole has a couple of advantages. First, they make less of a mess. Second, the pits impart a subtle almond flavor that pairs perfectly with fruit. Roasted cherries make a rich, luscious sauce, brightened here by lemon zest and intensified with cherry liqueur and toasted spices. The compote has an almost wintry feel, and we think a home-preserved batch would make a great alternative to cranberry sauce come Thanksgiving. We also added some fresh cherries at the end to lighten the sauce and provide some textural contrast.

About the authors:
Ethan Frisch
is the chef and co-mastermind behind Guerrilla Ice Cream, the only ice cream company that looks to international political movements for inspiration and donates all of its profits. He's traveled around the world (30 countries, 5 continents) and worked as a pastry chef and line cook in some of NYC's great (and not so great) restaurants. He lives above a tofu factory in Manhattan's Chinatown.

Max Falkowitz writes Serious Eats' weekly Spice Hunting column. He's a proud native of Queens, New York, will do just about anything for a good cup of tea, and enjoys long walks down the aisles of Chinese groceries.

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