Three ripe bananas were sitting in our fruit basket, taunting me with options. Should I make banana muffins? How about sour cream banana pancakes? Banana Crumble was a huge hit around here… maybe I should use these ripe bananas to make that recipe. Undecided, I went about my business for the day, still stewing about how the bananas should be used.
It’s funny how sometimes ideas come from above. I was putting away a favorite cookbook I had recently used and as I was reaching for the top shelf of our pantry, where I keep the books, I lost my balance and the book dropped… hitting me in the head, falling to the ground and opening up to a picture and recipe that solved my ripe banana dilemma.
Banana Gelato from one of my favorite cookbook’s, Seasons & Celebrations (recipes and menus from Relish Magazine), was just the answer I was looking for. Although I had never had Banana Gelato, I figured “who can go wrong with bananas and ice cream?”
This sweet, creamy, full of flavor Gelato is the perfect solution to your ripe banana dilemma. Save yourself a knock in the head and try it today!
- 1¾ cups skim milk
- 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and quartered
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 5 egg yolks
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- Bring milk, bananas and brown sugar to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes.
- Let cool 5 minutes, then puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return mixture to the saucepan; set over very low heat to keep warm.
- Beat egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer at high speed until thick.
- Gradually beat half the milk mixture into the yolk mixture. Return mixture to the saucepan. Set over low heat and cook until thick and bubbling, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla, salt, and cream.
- Pour into a large container. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Pour mixture into the canister of an ice-cream freezer (I own this Cuisinart model and have been really happy with it!)
- Freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Serve or store in freezer in an air-tight container.