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Caramelized Honey-Banana Ice Cream


Makes 1 1/2 – 2 quarts of ice cream.

4 ripe bananas, sliced in 1 inch chunks
1 1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
You can also add a teaspoon of cardamom or ginger or both to make the flavor more exotique.

2 cups whole milk
1 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup white sugar
4 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

– Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
– In a baking dish, combine bananas, honey, butter, sugar, and spices.
– Bake for 30-40 minutes, taking them out once or twice to give a good stir. Cook until the bananas are bubbling and have caramelized.
– Let bananas cool.
– Whisk together 3/4 cups honey and 2 tablespoons sugar with milk.
– Bring to a boil over medium heat, letting the milk heat up slowly.
– Reduce heat and simmer for 15-30 minutes, stirring regularly.
– The mixture should thicken and turn a caramel color.
– There are two things to watch for: don’t let the mixture boil over and don’t take it off too soon. It took me a while to get it to become caramel-like, but it does happen!
– Remove caramel from heat and whisk in 1 cup of milk.
– In another bowl, whisk eggs and salt.
– Take 1/4 of the caramel mixture and add to eggs to temper them – so they don’t scramble.
– Then pour the egg mixture slowly back into the pan of caramel and cook for five minutes to thicken.
– In a blender, blend remaining cup of milk and bananas.
– If you’d like chunky banana ice cream, set 1/4 of the caramelized banana mixture aside.
– Add caramel mixture to blender until everything is smooth.
– Stir in vanilla.
– Chill this mixture for at least four hours. To speed up the process you can pour mixture into a bowl and set it inside another bowl filled with ice and water – an ice bath.
– Once mixture is chilled, put it in an ice cream maker – use as directed.
– Usually after about 20-30 minutes, the ice cream will be well aerated and the consistency of soft-serve.
– Pour ice cream into air-tight container.
– If you want chunky monkey, this is the time to add the remaining caramelized bananas into the ice cream mixture.
– Freeze.
– This is great to make the day before you plan to serve.
– Delicious served with caramel sauce and coconut cake.

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