Friday, April 18, 2014

We all Scream for Ice Cream- that's maple banana ice cream with strawberries and chocolate chips

This is what you get when you consult a three year old!  Aaliyah has great taste!  I proposed maple ice cream and she added the rest... banana, strawberries, chocolate chips.

Homemade ice cream is so much healthier and you can make it to order.  It's well worth investing in a good ice cream maker... I like to make about 1 - 1 1/2 litres and finish it in small molds.  When I want a sweet treat, I need only take out a small portion and avoid temptation.

Here is the recipe for about 1.5 litres.

1     cup maple syrup
4     egg yolks
2 1/2 cups milk
1/4  tsp sea salt
1/2  cup heavy cream
2     overripe bananas, mashed
1/2  cup strawberries, small dice
1/2  cup mini chocolate chips (I use semi sweet)

In a medium-sized heatproof bowl, beat together the maple syrup and the egg yolks until the mixture is lighter in colour.

Heat the milk and sea salt in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat.

Whisking constantly, pour 1/2 cup of the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture.  Pour the warmed egg mixture back into the larger saucepan with the rest of the milk.  Add the cream and the mashed banana. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat your spoon.  Take the pan off the heat.

Place a fine mesh sieve over a container and strain the ice cream base.

Let the mixture cool for about 20 minutes.  Then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Freeze the ice cream in the ice cream maker according to the maker's directions.  I add the strawberries and chocolate chips half way through the freezing process.  When the ice cream is ready, you can store it in a large container.  I like to put it small molds that I can pull out of the freezer when I want a sweet treat.

Wanna Play?
You can use just about any fruit for ice cream.  You could replace the chocolate chips with coconut, chopped nuts... be creative! Or, ask a three year old!

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