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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

No-Cook Banana Ice Cream

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I wanted to make an ice cream for Andrew the other night, since he loves banana ice cream, I decided to try this recipe for the first time. Most ice cream recipes call for a yolk-based custard to be made first, then cooled and then put into the ice cream maker. This one skips the custard and instead uses a combination of sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream and half and half to provide the creaminess to the ice cream. The result is a pretty sweet, nice ice cream. But it is not as smooth and creamy as the ones using eggs (like this one). So far I have never found an egg-less ice cream recipe that makes really creamy ice cream, so when that's what I want, I go for the full custard deal.

The advantage of this one is that it is much faster and easier to make, good when you decide at noon that you want to have ice cream for dessert ready at dinner time, for example. Be sure to use very ripe bananas here.

This recipe is from this book I found at my local library, so far it's the second one I try, and there are many more lined up...

No-cook Banana Ice Cream Recipe:

makes 1 quart

You will need:

2 cups of half and half

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of heavy cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 very ripe bananas

2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice

Mix together the first four ingredients until combined, making sure the condensed milk is well blended with the other liquids. Chill until cold.

Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze accordingly.

Mash the bananas with the lemon juice and add to the ice cream maker 2 minutes before it's finished. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container, cover and freeze for at least 3 hours.

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16 comments:

Not Another Omnivore said...

That looks awesome! I hate, hate, hate fake banana flavor. Probably one of my least favorite things ever. But real bananas? A whole other story!

NAOmni

Carolyn (umami girl) said...

Oh, yum, looks good! I've been getting very excited to haul out the ice cream maker these past few days. This reminds me of one of the more fun homemade gifts I once gave a new mom who loved banana ice cream but was having trouble finding it: a "cute little monkey" banana ice cream sundae kit with caramel sauce and chopped nuts. Um, where did I find that kind of time back then?

Hayley said...

I've never had banana ice cream, but it sounds amazing. Maybe with some nutella mixed in at the end? I can't wait to get experimenting. Thanks for the idea!

Deseree said...

Oh I second the nutella addition! I really need to get me an ice cream maker, this sounds super yummy :)

Smas said...

It looks so delicious!!!
I have to buy the ice cream maker...
Tem selo no meu blog para este blog delicioso :)

burpandslurp said...

WHOA! amazing! now I need to get me an ice-cream maker!
AND that adorable cup! where did you get it?

Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks) said...

Custard is such a process. It does make creamier ice cream, but I'm not always up for it. I bet banana is a good flavor to do this way since it's a creamy fruit, not too much water. Thanks for the recipe.

Teanna said...

I made this last night and it is AMAAAAAAAAAAAAZING! And SO EASY! The ice cream even tasted amazing before I put the bananas in!

Linda said...

Nice! I was just thinking about what to do with all the bananas my husband brought home yesterday, now I got an idea! :)

I read at Blondie in Brazil -Lori, that you are from Londrina? I live in Londrina since 4 years, I am actually Swedish :)

Rita said...

NAOmni - fake banana flavour? Never had it, it sounds awfull...

Carolyn - you read my mind, I wanted to add caramel and nuts in this one, but Andrew likes it simple...

Hayley - banana and Nutella always go nicely together!

Des - I just got mine last Xmas and it's lots of fun!

Smas - Obrigada pelo selo! Que delicia, vou passar adiante!!bjs

burpandslurp - thanks! The cup is from World Market, they have different cute animals, all for 1,99. Check it out http://www.worldmarket.com/kitchen-tabletop/glassware/Tumbler/Animal-Acrylic-Juice-Glasses/lev/4/productId/7305/Ne/1100001/sectionId/2866/N/1100486/categoryId/1100486/pCategoryId/1100132/gpCategoryId/1100131/Ns/NEW_ARRIVAL_FLAG%7C1%7C%7CCATEGORY_SEQ_3240%7C0/index.pro

Brittany - that's the advantage of this ice cream, no cooking.

Teanna - Oh, I am so glad!

Linda - what is a sweedish gal doing in Londrina? Do you like it? I 've been to your country and love it there too...

jd said...

This looks lovely. And your pictures are gorgeous!

{lovely little things} said...

Yum, yum, yum!
I love banana-flavored ANYTHING! This looks delicious

Rita said...

jd - thanks so much :)

{lovely little things} - banana is a bit hit here at home too...

the happy couple said...

love this! i am always trying to sneak fruit into my carnivore hubby's desserts. i will add this to my menu in the future. (check out my blog if you are interested in www.cooking4carnivores.com)

Anonymous said...

This is a great recipe, but be mindful that it packs about 350 calories for a half cup serving. Definitely not low in calories or fat, but a great occasional treat!

Carrie said...

How many oz was the can of condense milk?

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