Bananas Foster Ice Cream

Bananas Foster Ice Cream

Is That a Banana in Your Pocket or…Oh, It IS a Banana? Nevermind.


I don’t care what anyone says, I’m not an ageist.  I have an unrelenting, claw the walls kinda hot love for an old banana.  In this society where the young and supple are lauded as beautiful and all else is garbage, I have to call shenanigans.  Mother.fucking.shenanigans!  And you know why?  Because in that shriveled, overripe, black banana lies a sweet treat so complex and dark and mysterious, you will be captivated the first time that you learn to wield its powers.  Those with a fabulous banana bread recipe tucked in their back pocket know the drill (mine is Adesina’s Kitchen’s Dark Chocolate Pecan Banana Bread) already, but my favorite usage of the gems is much, much dirtier.  Cook the bananas in the three B’s – booze, butter and brown sugar.  Then, blend them with cream and eggs to form an ice cream base.  Freeze, scoop and drizzle with caramel and banana chips.  Old age, butter and treachery always beat youth and skill.

Bananas Foster Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS
4 old bananas, cut into chunks
2 tbs. of butter
1 c. of brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tbs. of creme de banana or banana schnapps
1 tbs. of spiced rum
1/8 tsp. of fine sea salt
2 eggs
2 c. of heavy cream
1 c. of milk

caramel
pecan pralines

In a skillet, melt the butter.  Add the bananas, sugar and cinnamon and saute until the bananas start to get mushy and a caramel forms.  Carefully pour in the creme de banana and the spiced rum and continue to cook until the alcohol cooks off.  Do not use 99 Bananas in the recipe as you will probably set your face on fire and your ice cream won’t set properly.  We do, however, encourage you to take shots of 99 Bananas while you are waiting for your ice cream to finish churning.  Set aside and chill.

Begin making the ice cream base by beating together the eggs, cream, sugar, milk and banana mixture until frothy and lovely, about 5 minutes.  Pour base into your ice cream maker and chill according to the manufacturer’s directions.  In the last five minutes of mixing, you can toss in a handful of crushed pecan pralines or squeeze in a caramel swirl.  Both are completely unnecessary, but the dirtiest kind of decadent.

Alternatively, if you don’t have an ice cream maker but do have a food processor, freeze the custard flat in a gallon bag.  Once solid, break into chunks and put in the food processor in two batches, blitzing until smooth.

Transfer into an airtight quart container and chill.  Eat with reckless abandon.

Cassandra Wellington

A walking contradiction, Cassandra has a philanthropist’s God-complex by day, and a hedonist’s appetite by night. She swears she doesn’t eat KFC and shops organic, but catch her in the wee hours of the morning making out with an everything burrito and then you’ll see right into her soul. Give Cassandra a thousand bucks at 2pm and she will create a revelation for you by way of a nine course gourmet tasting menu. Give her that same amount of cash at 2am and she’ll blow it on tacos, malt liquor and gummi worms. What? Don’t judge.

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18 Responses

  1. chocchipuru says:

    This ice cream looks so decadent!!! I am loving the flavours in it and the twist on the average banana ice cream 😀
    Great recipe!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Upcoming: Traditional Lemon Meringue Tart
    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

    • Cassandra Wellington says:

       @chocchipuru Thanks for the sweet words!  As if the ice cream itself wasn’t rich enough, the caramel sauce and banana chips take it right over the top.
       
      By the way, your Lemon Meringue looks amazing!  I particularly love the photo with the blow torch – nobody is messing with you in the kitchen!

  2. All bananas; whether green, yellow or black, are deserving of love and/or sugar. #eatallthebananas

  3. thesmartcookiecook says:

    I love, love, love this post. So true! And can I just say how brilliant a bananas foster ice cream is? I’m sorry I didn’t think of it sooner!

    • Cassandra Wellington says:

       @thesmartcookiecook You are just the sweetest!  And the smartest 😉  It was all born of a conniption fit over what to do with some black bananas that did not want to become bread.  They were so happy that I lavished them with booze, sugar and cream instead.  SO happy!

  4. vanilla_cake says:

    Pure deliciousness! Banana’s Foster’s ice cream sounds heavenly! Iam loving this recipe, and wish I had some right now!!

    • Cassandra Wellington says:

       @vanilla_cake It’s dangerously perfect, and a little too easy to make.  Not that I’m complaining!!!

  5. cakealana86 says:

    This is awesome and I love all things bananas foster!

  6. Ummm.. Nice. Shame on you for not announcing your arrival back onto the scene.

    • Well, it was only hushed whispers and bedroom talk of our "homecoming" because we don't officially come (back) until Thursday. Go to our Facebook and guess what we are cooking for our reunion battle and we'll give you a sweet ass prize. You know you want too…

  7. Ummm.. Nice. Shame on you for not announcing your arrival back onto the scene.

  8. Well, it was only hushed whispers and bedroom talk of our "homecoming" because we don't officially come (back) until Thursday. Go to our Facebook and guess what we are cooking for our reunion battle and we'll give you a sweet ass prize. You know you want too…

  9. mjskitchen says:

    I usually don’t eat ice cream in the winter, but I could make an exception with this one. Give me anything that has “bananas foster” in the name and I’m all in. Great shot!

    • Cassandra Wellington says:

      MJ, we missed you, chica! Please tell us you are still keeping it spicy in your kitchen. Because a) that’ll be reason enough to eat boozy fucking ice cream all year round and b) a hot tamale like you should never, ever, ever cool down!

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