Presenting... Ice Cream of the Month for February!
Ah February the month of love. Here we unite two ingredients, banana, and white chocolate, together blended harmoniously into one of the most tastiest ice creams you may ever have the pleasure of trying. A beautiful relationship they have. Hope you all had a wonderful February!
I made this, fully unsure of if it even appealed to my tastes or not. But I was intrigued!
I do love bananas. Sliced over bowls of yogurt and granola, on top of toast, blended into creamy smoothies... growing up my mom would even sometimes make a lunch that I have NEVER heard anyone else speak of before: Toast topped with banana, bacon bits, and cheddar cheese (the orange stuff), then broiled in the oven to melt the cheese. Has anyone else done this?? Please tell me. I think it is kinda super weird but also kinda delicious too...?
Banana muffins! Banana cookies! Banana loaf! I LUV IT. If our family doesn't have bananas in the house, its time to go grocery shopping. That's just life.
Buuuut, this recipe claimed that the ice cream is similar in taste to banana pudding... Hmmm. The only time I have had banana pudding was an unfortunate experience back in the day at BAND CAMP (ha) when I was 13. I found a BLACK HAIR in my banana pudding. I've been turned off ever since. But it has been a long time since then, and I think I'm ready to give this a whirl...
OMG YUP so glad that I did.
A cool thing we do here in this recipe is make "ice cream freckles". The term alone is cute enough to spark the desire to try it out. Basically, you take chocolate of any kind and melt it down with coconut oil. This makes the chocolate melted at room temperature, but once in contact with the ice cream it will re-solidify instantly, and most importantly, melt easily in your mouth when you are eating the ice cream. You can use any type of chocolate, dark, milk or white.
Here is my game changer: caramelized white chocolate.
I am not the biggest white chocolate fan. Once I came to accept the fact that it is not technically chocolate, but still a tasty treat unto itself, I don't feel so bad about it.
Here's a cool thing: if you melt white chocolate, and keep cooking it (stirring all da time) it will begin to brown and caramelize. MIND BLOWN. It's like BROWN BUTTER!
It tastes like caramel, but also like white chocolate, but also like nothing you've ever tasted before? And luckily it makes best friends with this banana ice cream.
Make it. Share it with all your friends so they know how awesome you are.
Banana Ice Cream with Caramelized White Chocolate Freckles
Recipe from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
(Makes about 1 quart)
For the Banana Ice Cream: