Thursday, July 11, 2013

sunday dessert - banana cookies and cream ice cream

A few weeks ago, I bought the Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream at Home cookbook and I love it!  I have owned an ice cream maker for over six years and love experimenting with different recipes but none I have tried are as amazing as Jeni's.

When writing her cookbook, Jeni really wanted the at home cook, with the basic ice cream maker, to be able to make good ice cream.  The recipes she developed are perfect for any of us with a simple ice cream maker {like this Cuisnart one that I own} and her flavor combinations are crazy!  So adventurous and unique.  I cannot wait to try them all.

The other day, I used Jeni's base recipe and added a little vanilla extract and pureed banana.  After freezing the mixture in my ice cream maker, I layered it with crushed Trader Joe's JoJo cookies {they're like Oreos}.  You can use any cookies you love or even chocolate chips, candy, etc.  I think M&M's would be amazing in this ice cream.

Vanilla ice cream + banana + crushed cookies or candy is one of my favorite desserts.  This recipe has such a nice banana/vanilla flavor and the crunch from the cookies is perfect.

banana cookies and cream ice cream {base recipe from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream at Home}
-2 cups whole milk
-1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
-3 tablespoons softened plain cream cheese
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1 1/4 cups heavy cream
-2/3 cups sugar
-2 tablespoons light corn syrup {the kind with NO high fructose}
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 banana, pureed
-1 cup crushed cookies

1. In a small bowl or cup, mix 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch to create a slurry.  Set aside.
2. Put the cream cheese in a medium bowl {one that will be large enough to hold all the milk, cream, and sugar} and whisk with the salt.  Set aside.
3. Combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla extract in a heavy bottom saucepan and bring to a boil.  Allow to boil for about four minutes and remove from the heat.  You will need to watch the mixture as it is boiling and stir occasionally so that it doesn't boil over and the milk doesn't stick to the sides and bottom of the pan.
4. Add the milk/cornstarch slurry to the pan and return to the heat.  Set over medium-high heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon or silicone {high heat} spatula.  Make sure you are scraping the sides and bottom of the pan as you are stirring.  After about a minute, the mixture will thicken and you can remove it from the heat.
5. Pour a small amount of the hot mixture over the cream cheese and whisk until smooth.  Gradually pour in the rest of the hot liquid while whisking all together.  Last, whisk in the pureed banana.
6. Now you will need to cool down the mixture before putting it into the ice cream maker.  Jeni's book suggests pouring the liquid into a Ziploc freezer bag and submerging in a bowl of ice water.  I didn't have any freezer bags {I don't buy or use a lot of plastic bags} so instead, I filled a big bowl with ice and cold water and set the bowl with the hot liquid in it for about 30-40 minutes.
7. Finally pour the cooled down mixture into the ice cream maker and churn for about 25 minutes.  You will know it is done when it begins to pull away from the sides.
8. In a large airtight container, layer ice cream, crushed cookies, ice cream, crushed cookies, and so on until all is gone.  Freeze for a few hours before serving.

When you first remove this ice cream from the freezer, it will be very hard and impossible to scoop.  I let it sit on the counter for about ten minutes before scooping.

I have made several variations of this ice cream using Jeni's base and each time it tastes a little better.  The recipe is simple but might take a little have fun experimenting.  It's summer and the best time of year for ice cream :).


  1. I NEED this ice cream. Like right now! You're totally tempting me to cheat a bit and indulge! Yum! And your photography is just beautiful... as always!

    Chelsea from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles

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  3. I just placed a hold on this book at the local library...I can't wait until I can check it out! I broke out my ice cream maker when summer finally hit - and I'm always eager to try new recipes! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. This looks delicious! I have been wanting to buy an ice cream maker for awhile now. Adding to my wishlist.

    Rachel Follett from Lovely Clusters

  5. omg this looks so yummy!! I'm bookmarking your recipe. I've got a friend who owns an ice cream maker; I think i know what to do next weekend now ;-) xx


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