Sweets & Desserts
Homemade Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips
Enjoy a scoop (or two) of this favorite summer treat loaded with bananas and chocolate chips. Nothing screams summer more than ice cream!
|2 cups||Heavy cream
|5||Grade A Large Phil’s Fresh Egg Yolks (save the whites for another use)
|1 cup||Whole milk (yes, it must be whole milk!)
|⅔ cup||Granulated sugar
|¼ tsp||Kosher salt
|3 large or
|Very ripe bananas (the browner, the better)
|1 Tbsp||Pure vanilla extract
|1 Tbsp.||Dark rum or vodka*
|4 oz.||Bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped (about ⅔ cup)
- Prep your work station: Create an ice bath by placing a moderate amount of ice and water in a large bowl. Set an empty, medium-sized bowl inside the larger one on top of the ice. Pour the heavy cream into the medium bowl and set a strainer on top. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until well combined.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the milk, sugar, and salt until small bubbles form along the edges and the sugar has dissolved. Do not let it boil. Remove from heat.
- Gradually pour some of the milk into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking constantly as you pour (I like to use a ladle instead of pouring). Once you’ve poured in some of the milk, return the saucepan to the stove over low heat. Slowly pour the yolk/milk mixture into the saucepan, stirring constantly. This process is called “tempering” and will keep the eggs from scrambling as they cook.
- Continue cooking the egg/milk mixture (also called custard) over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the saucepan with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spatula. Strain the custard into the bowl with the heavy cream, discarding anything that remains in the strainer..
- Place half of the custard into a blender or food processor with the bananas. Puree until smooth, then pour back into the bowl with the rest of the custard. Stir in the vanilla extract and rum or vodka. Cover, pressing a piece of plastic wrap against the surface, and chill thoroughly in the refrigerator for at least four hours or, if time allows, overnight.
- Freeze the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the chocolate during the last 5 minutes of churning. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze 3 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving.
*The addition of hard alcohol helps to keep the ice cream softer and creamier. If you like the flavor of rum, it’s delicious in this recipe. If not, vodka is a flavorless addition that will still keep the ice cream creamy. If you prefer not to use alcohol, it can be omitted completely, although the ice cream will freeze slightly harder.