Tuesday, April 16, 2013

30 Before 30: Chocolate Banana Ice Cream (#6)

It has been a long time since I've made a new ice cream recipe. Aaron and I had some friends come down last week and they have a 2 very precocious daughters. I thought about making cupcakes, mini pies, other small things, when ice cream came to mind. The leftovers would be easier to deal with, it's (slightly) less messy, and like I said, it's been awhile. If I do this again, I might throw peanut butter into the mix because why not.

If you ever get take out pho, keep the containers. They are perfect for homemade ice cream storage.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream via Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book:

Makes about 1 quart

1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ c. milk
2 large eggs
¾ c. sugar
1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 overripe bananas
Juice from 1 lemon

Melt the unsweetened chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water. Gradually whisk in the cocoa and heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. There's a warning here about the chocolate seizing. It has every time I've done this recipe. Don't worry about it. The milk dissolves the clumps. Whisk in the milk, a little at a time, and heat until completely blended. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream and vanilla and whisk to blend.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the cream mixture and blend. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 to 3 hours.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze for 28 minutes.
While the ice cream is mixing, mash 2 overripe bananas and the lemon juice in a bowl, then whisk until smooth. Add the mixture to the ice cream and freeze for 2 more minutes. Transfer to freezer safe containers. Also, eat a lot of it.

This is a pretty darn good ice cream. You should eat it quickly though because it gets a little gritty/grainy the longer it sits in your freezer. So have an ice cream party! 

Recipes Complete: 6
Recipes to Go: 24

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