banana ice cream

banana ice cream | the thoughtful plateI’ve talked about my love for Bi-Rite ice cream many times before, whether in person or online (see: here and here). This love is partially based on appreciation of quality ingredients, on friendly employees, on location, and majorly based on roasted banana ice cream. This love even compelled me to create a Yelp account– I don’t know… I just needed to give it 5 stars somehow, and Yelp seemed like the best way. (I haven’t written another review since.)

I realize that Bi-Rite is most famous for their salted caramel ice cream, but- BANANA. Unless you have a serious aversion to the fruit, you should be eating this.

banana ice cream | the thoughtful platebanana ice cream | the thoughtful plateFor the past handful of weeks, I’ve been doing something I like to call #smallbatchsaturday. (It’s a cool way of saying I make ice cream once per week.) Last week, while researching for this week, guess what recipe I came across on the interwebs? The weird part though is that I wasn’t even looking for it! I can’t even remember what I googled, but there it was- a 7×7 article about Humphrey Slocombe and Bi-Rite, and of all the recipes they could have shared, bless them, they shared banana ice cream. <3

 banana ice cream | the thoughtful plateI will admit that I was skeptical at first. Is this really their recipe? Will it taste the exact same? However, I pushed through the doubt (like I was ever really not going to make it), and folks, this is good stuff. I can’t say that it’s exactly like Bi-Rite, but it comes pretty close! It’s definitely a solid, go-to banana ice cream recipe that I’ll be making again.

banana ice cream | the thoughtful plateIt’s so… banana-y! The thing to keep in mind is “the blacker the better” when it comes to bananas + ice cream. Black = flavor. You want flavor. The bananas will be the most pathetic looking ones you will ever see, but they’ll give you terrific ice cream.

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Recipe from 7×7

1¾ cup heavy cream
¾ cup milk
¼ teaspoon salt
5 large egg yolks
½ cup light brown sugar
2 very ripe bananas (almost black), peeled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

First, caramelize the bananas. In a medium pan over medium heat, mash the bananas and brown sugar together until they become rather liquid-y. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the mixture is thick and slightly reduced, remove from heat and purée in a food processor or blender until completely smooth. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Next, make the ice cream base. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk, and salt. Stir occasionally until the mixture is steaming hot and little bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks together in a medium mixing bowl.

Once the milk mixture is hot, gently scoop out ½ cup of the milk and whisk into the eggs. Make sure you add it slowly, and whisk the eggs constantly to avoid scrambling the eggs. Slowly whisk in another ½ cup of the milk mixture into the eggs, then pour the egg/milk mixture into the saucepan and whisk with the rest of the milk and cream.

Cook for 1-2 more minutes, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean mixing bowl. Whisk in the bananas and the vanilla, then chill thoroughly before churning in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, or eat it soft, right away.

Makes about 1½ quarts.

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10 thoughts on “banana ice cream

      • You haven’t seen it before?? Oh Maci….you need to get out more. ;)

        So, have you at least seen those little yellow guys on the front cover of the movie? Well those are the minions and they are all obsessed with bananas. They sometimes randomly yell out, “BANANA!” in their cute little voices. :) When you said, “but-BANANA…” it made me think of the minions banana obsession!

        • No, I really haven’t, and you’re probably right! ;) You would probably faint if I told you how many movies I still haven’t seen.

          Thank you for explaining. I have seen those little yellow dudes, I’m happy to know they’re called minions, and that is hilarious. I’m laughing now :) Now excuse me while I head over to YouTube…

  1. This. Sounds. Awesome. I probably won’t make it because one, I don’t have an ice cream maker, and two, I found out I’m pretty intolerant to dairy. But-BANANA! I read the entire recipe, but I believe you left out when and where to add the vanilla. Thought I’d let you know. Great post, by the way.

  2. This. Sounds. Awesome. I probably won’t make it because one, I don’t have an ice cream maker, and two, I found out I’m pretty intolerant to dairy. But-BANANA! I read the entire recipe, but I believe you left out when and where to add the vanilla. Thought I’d let you know. Great post, by the way.

    • Ah! Thanks for catching that, Melissa! I’ll fix it straight away :)

      I saw on Facebook that you are intolerant to dairy :( Remind me to tell you about my favorite dairy-free banana dessert next time I see you! :)

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