Mango Basil Frozen Yogurt Inspired by Ecuador’s Helados de Paila

helados de paila ice cream in Quito Ecuador

I am convinced there is no lactose intolerance problem in South America. I just returned from Ecuador and on every street corner, in every mom and pop convenient store, I was tempted by ice cream and frozen fruit treats galore. Just as much as this sweet man…

helados de paila ice cream in Quito Ecuador
Enjoying helados de paila ice cream in Old Town Quito, Ecuador

I am a sucker for all things milky and when you add fresh fruit to the mix I could die happy. Well Ecuador was a food lover’s dream – from the freshest shrimp ceviche to nearly 70 varieties of potatoes – but life’s short, so for frozen treat lovers young and old I wanted to start by sharing the sweeter side of my trip.

Cauldron ice cream (also known as helados de paila) is a traditional frozen delicacy in Ecuador that has been passed down from generations, using a typical bronze cauldron, ice, rock salt, and some of the country’s most iconic fresh fruit. Mango is among them.

Making helados de paila ice cream in Ecuador
Creating the Quito sweet treat delicacy helados de paila
Making helados de paila in Quito
Making helados de paila in Quito marketplace

It is a beautiful process and a delicious outcome (similar to a sorbet), but I thought I would simplify the method a bit and add in the milk. Thank you, food processor.  All you need is your favorite summer fruit, yogurt, a little sweetener and a few hours to spare while it freezes. Life’s too short so don’t forget to eat dessert first.

 

Ice cream flavors in Quito Ecuador
Ice cream flavors in Quito, Ecuador
Mango Basil Frozen Yogurt
This frozen yogurt treat is inspired by Ecuador's helados de paila. All you need is your favorite summer fruit, yogurt, a little sweetener and a few hours to spare while it freezes. Life’s too short, so eat dessert first.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
5 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
5 hr
Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. 3 ripe mango, pitted, skinned and chopped
  3. 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  4. 5-10 large basil leaves
  5. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional
  1. 1/3 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Puree mango in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Add the yogurt, basil leaves, lime juice and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. Pour the yogurt mixture into a shallow metal pan until the yogurt freezes, about 4-6 hours.
  4. Break the frozen yogurt into chucks and process in the food processor again until smooth.
  5. Serve frozen.
Notes
  1. Keep leftovers frozen in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Soften slightly before serving.
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