I love bananas and I absolutely love all nuts especially walnuts. So I was looking for a healthy ice cream idea with a unique taste when I remembered this recipe which I saved few months ago. I thought this will be the perfect summer desert for all ages. I decided to use an ice cream maker because of how convenient the whole process is. The end result was ice cream made professionally with unique taste and exceptional texture for the best cold desert experience this summer. This Banana Walnut Chip Ice Cream Recipe is high recommended by my whole family and friends. Try it out and leave a comment about your experience.
Banana Walnut Chip Ice Cream
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 2½ cups heavy cream
- 1 whole vanilla bean halved and seeds scraped
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 large bananas cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2-3 tablespoons rum
- ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ¾ cup toasted walnuts roughly chopped
- 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped
In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, bring the milk, cream, vanilla bean (including the pod), vanilla extract and the salt just to a boil. Remove from heat; let mixture steep for 30 minutes.
While the milk/cream mixture is steeping, heat the sugar with water in a large skillet until it begins to sizzle. Stir in the butter and heat until melted. Add the bananas; cook for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant and softened. Carefully stir in the rum and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Using a slotted spoon, strain the banana/sugar mixture, reserving the sugar syrup and bananas in separate bowls.
Remove the vanilla pod from the steeped milk/cream mixture; discard pod. Stir the lemon juice into the bananas and then mix the bananas into the steeped milk/cream. Cover and refrigerate mixture 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
Turn on the ice cream maker and pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 20 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.
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