Thursday, August 4, 2011

Banana Ice Cream!

We got a new ice cream maker! It is a Cuisinart and is one of those new kind where you put the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours and then don't have to add any ice or salt when you make your ice cream! We have been making all different kinds of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbets this summer!

When I was younger we used to make a banana spice ice cream. It has been years since we last made it (considering we have mostly just made vanilla in recent years), but I was craving it and new that this new ice cream maker would make it super easy to make my longed-for banana ice cream.

Now, you may think banana ice cream doesn't sound that great. But even I, the girl who thinks bananas are boring, think that banana spice ice cream is top-notch and a delightful culinary experience. And if you have a spare bordering-on-overripe banana lying around, this is the perfect summer treat.

Try it. 
Your taste buds will thank you. 
I promise.

Banana Spice Ice Cream

1/2 cup + 3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
2 cups cream
1 egg yolk
1 banana, mashed
1/2 teaspoon (scant) cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. 

Add milks. 

Stir over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer. 
Simmer 1 minute. 
In small bowl, lightly beat eg yolk. 
Stir 1 cup of hot milk mixture into yolks, then add yolks to milk mixture. 
Cook and stir over low heat 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. 
Stir in bananas, cinnamon and vanilla. 
Whisk until smooth. 

Process in ice cream freezer. 
If you have one of the newer models like ours, it mixes for about 25-30 minutes.


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