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Best Banana Ice Cream

Best Banana Ice Cream
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing YIELD: 3 quarts.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 to 5 medium)

Directions

  • 1. In a large heavy saucepan, heat half-and-half to 175°; stir in sugar and salt until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon.
  • 2. Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the whipping cream, milk and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • 3. Stir in bananas. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 309 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews

Average Rating:
  • Bryan
    Feb 3, 2017

    After reviewing a few sites, I finally settled on a recipe from Taste of Home.com. The base works great and I’ve used it for a few different flavors but banana is the favorite so far. While there are plenty of healthy options out there, let’s be serious, who wants healthy ice cream? If I am going to eat ice cream, I want it creamy and delicious; this is also why I’m fat. So be warned, while delicious, this stuff will pack on the pounds.

    In fact, I love this recipe so much I even made a posting on my blog: http://sheworksicook.com/2017/02/banana-ice-cream/

    Enjoy,

    Bryan

    Sheworksicook.com

  • Bryan
    Feb 3, 2017

    After reviewing a few sites, I finally settled on this recipe from Taste of Home.com. The base works great and I’ve used it for a few different flavors but banana is the favorite so far. While there are plenty of healthy options out there, let’s be serious, who wants healthy ice cream? If I am going to eat ice cream, I want it creamy and delicious; this is also why I’m fat. So be warned, while delicious, this stuff will pack on the pounds.

    I recently wrote a posting on my blog about this very recipe, http://sheworksicook.com/2017/02/banana-ice-cream/

    Bryan

    Sheworksicook.com

  • MinnieCooks
    Sep 11, 2016

    This ice cream is appropriately named! This is the best ice cream I've ever made. Creamy and rich with great banana flavor. I made it exactly by the recipe and wouldn't advise changing anything. Although I'm not a huge ice cream fan, this stuff was addictive!!!!

  • susanbythelake
    May 30, 2016

    I ran short of cream and had to supplement with 1/2 c WalMart Sweet Italian Cream coffee creamer. It was still fantastic, and very easy to put together. Unlike some other recipes I've tried, leftovers did not freeze solid as a rock but retained a smooth, lovely "ice cream" consistency. Thumbs up for this one!

  • Sparkleharrell
    Jul 28, 2015

    I loved it! I added a box of banana pudding and two cans of eagle brand milk. Try it, it's delicious!

  • burnsfamily3
    Jul 23, 2015

    I didn't change a thing and it was PERFECT! it was creamy, but not too sweet. I did however, keep it in an ice bath till cooled and skipped the refrigeration. I was needing to make it then. Again......it was PERFECT!

  • Kinkead
    Sep 22, 2014

    Thank you for sharing! Husband and I made it last night with our Kitchen Aid ice cream maker. Added walnuts and then froze overnight. Delicious today! Best banana walnut ice cream I've ever had!

  • redmtn1
    Dec 31, 1969

    I halved the recipe and added walnuts and chocolate chips to make homemade Chunky Monkey, it is absolutely wonderful.

  • Londongirl2
    Dec 31, 1969

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is the best ice cream I have ever tasted! It's absolutely addictive! I am trying to re-create the Fantasia ice cream that Disneyland used to sell and banana ice cream is part of it. Thanks to you, I'm off to a great start!

  • ChocolateisImminent
    Dec 31, 1969

    Question: I have never made custard before. When looking up the term "coats back of spoon" I am getting many results. It all depends on if you are making a thick or thin custard. For this recipe- do I need to have a thick coating on the back of the spoon or a thin coating? What happens when you get the temp correct but it isn't coating the way you want it to? Do you cook longer?

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