Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Roasted Banana Ice Cream

For some reason I have never had any sort of banana ice cream. This seems kinda wrong. I'm a big fan of ice cream. And I'm a big fan of bananas. Maybe because I'm cheap and bananas are pretty much the cheapest fruit there is. Maybe because my tastes haven't matured and bananas are really sweet. Maybe because there is something just a bit phallic about eating a banana. Who knows. Anyway, I like bananas.

I was inspired by this recipe from Evil Chef Mom. She got it from David Lebovitz and I naturally couldn't make it as is. Well really I guess I forgot to check the recipe and add the rest of the stuff. Oops. Mine's pretty good anyway. We'll call mine the simple version. Like all those ice creams that are trying to market themselves on being natural. Like the Haagen Dazs 5 ingredient thing. Only mine is 4 so I'm even cooler. Yup. I did it on purpose. I swear.

I just wanted a little bit to see how it came out. I have to say I am pretty happy with it. The texture is really good. Maybe because there is less volume and it set up better in the ice cream maker. Or maybe because if the higher fat content than some of my other ice creams have had. And it has a really good banana flavor. Definitely there but not overpowering. Now I just need to make that walnut praline.....

I know, the coloring looks really bizarre. But the blue bowl was clean so that's what I went for and my counters are almost the same color as the ice cream. And I was lazy and didn't want to clean my ice cream scoop afterwards so I just used a spoon. It is soft enough that the spoon worked fine for scooping although it doesn't make pretty round scoops.

Roasted Banana Ice Cream.

2 ripe bananas, with some brown spots
1/3 cup of dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups light cream

Roast the bananas with the brown sugar and butter for about 40 minutes at 400F. Scrape the bananas and the syrup into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the cream and blend it again. Put in the fridge and chill overnight. Churn in your ice cream maker.


Amanda said...

Mmm... I think I would like banana icecream!

(The phallic nature of bananas has always freaked me out. Even this morning I felt awkward eating one and I was alone at home. :) Oh well.)

Evan said...

This ice cream seems so simple. Is there a way to make it without an ice cream maker? I've been debating just buying one, and this recipe might just send me over the edge.

Me! said...

You could try the elementary school approach of a small ziplock bag inside a big bag with ice and salt in it.

I don't think it would do well being frozen solid.

You should be able to get a decent ice cream maker for under $50.