Orange-Chilli-Ricotta Frozen Yogurt

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For the photo above, I used a whole dried chilli and crushed with morter & pestle (you could pulse with a spice grinder.) If you are using chilli flakes, run a knife though the flakes. You want a finer consistency than large flakes. If you want to use chilli powder, then just start with a generous pinch and taste. You can always add more! Yes - the course sea salt for sprinkling is important! Please don't skip this. The salt really brings together the sweet and savory parts of the dessert.

*If you don't have greek-style yogurt, use 6 cups of plain, whole milk yogurt. Line a strainer with a couple of layers of cheesecloth. Spoon yogurt on cheesecloth and let that strain for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator in a bowl large enough to catch the water that strains out. 6 cups of plain, whole milk yogurt will yield 3 cups strained.

Ingredients:

3 cups greek-style yogurt *if you don't have greek style yogurt, see note below
rind from 1 orange (finely grate with rasp grater)
1/4 cup ricotta
1/4-1/2 teaspoon finely crushed, dried chilli
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup sugarGarnish
additional course sea salt, for sprinkling
additional grated orange rind, for sprinkling

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients except the garnish. Taste...does it need more chilli or salt? Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

2. Following instructions (if you can find them) that came with your ice cream maker, churn until it becomes the consistency that you like. My ice cream maker takes 25 minutes.

3. When ready to serve, sprinkle with some grated orange rind and course sea salt.