Easy Banana Ice Cream

When my father in law came over for his banana bread yesterday we got on the subject of ice cream, and I decided I needed to make some before the Texas heat gave way to cool crisp autumn days. Since my FIL has been so helpful lately, I decided to make him his favorite… Banana ice cream. The man loves bananas, banana pudding, banana bread, banana ice cream. Which is great because bananas are cheap!

Anyways, this recipe is simple. I use a self-freezing ice cream machine, so I don’t need ice or rock salt. I picked it up a few years back off of craigslist from a guy who said his wife was forcing him to get rid of it. He was almost in tears as I put it in my car, and kept saying to be careful and not to shake it. I felt bad for him, but I got an awesome ice cream maker for about $50.

This is the name of the specific one I use: Wolfgang Puck Automatic Self-Refirdgerated Frozen Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

The recipe is out of the user manual courtesy of Marian Getz, and it yields about 1 quart of ice cream. The finished product tastes like banana cream-sicles and is amazing if you love bananas.

Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

16 ounces pureed banana (about 5 bananas)

2/3 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (I used fine ground sea salt)

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2/3 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1. Puree bananas in a blender

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2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl

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3. Chill mixture for at least 2 hours (overnight works too) in the refrigerator.

4. Pour chilled mixture into mixing bucket

5. Insert assembled dasher motor into bucket (this is the gadget that churns the ice cream)

6. Plug in your ice cream maker to an appropriate outlet, and set timer for 40 minutes. Soft serve stage is ready in about 25-30 minutes. When the dasher meets resistance unplug the appliance to prevent any damage.

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7. Twist bucket and gently remove from the machine.

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8. Scrape the ice cream mixture into a freezable airtight container. If mixture doesn’t come to top place wax paper or parchment over the top of the ice cream and press down gently to limit air exposure. Freeze for at least 3 hours to achieve hard consistency.

Notes: Churning times can vary depending on the type of machine you use and how cold the initial mixture is. This is homemade ice cream so some separation may occur after first freeze.

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