Monday, March 21, 2011

BANANA ICE CREAM



There are bananas and then there are bananas. Anyone who lives in a tropical country will know that there are at least four kinds of bananas commonly sold in fruit shops this side of the globe. And anything in the shape and form of a banana is a banana.

So plantain has always been one of the most puzzling words in my vocabulary. Until I googled it and came to know that they were bananas after all.  No? The only difference being that you cook them rather than eat them raw. But they are bananas just as cooking apples are apples....yes? I rest my case.



My favourite eating banana is the miniature golden banana or Pisang Emas. It is sweet, it is mini, it is cute and it deserves its name. My least favourite banana is the Rastali. Its skin is spotty, its texture kelat....a taste impossible to describe in English and I won't even try. It simply doesn't dance on my tastebuds. But there are many who love it. The banana I often buy though is the Pisang Berangan (Dreamy Banana). Because that is the compromise that we, as family members, have come to.

Then, as if things could not get more agreeable, I had found here that there is such a thing as a 110 per cent delicious and creamy healthy ice cream that is cream free. As in cows. It seemed to good too be true! I so wanted to believe. 



So I made some. Once from some Pisang Berangan (Dreamy Banana) and another time from Pisang Montel (Chubby Banana).  And........ I believed.


I also believe the Chubby Banana (Pisang Montel) is the banana that is widely sold in the west. Unfortunately, for my tastebuds, it just doesnt work very well as ice cream. It was too fluffy and airy and lacked the creaminess that the Dreamy Banana (Pisang Berangan) gives. Dreamy Banana ice cream was so creamy it tasted just like an ice cream should taste albeit a shade yellower. But rich and creamy. And dreamy. If you don't mind the flavour of banana that is. 

I wonder what it would taste like if I had added some vanilla bean paste? Or chocolate chunks? Or peanut butter? Or mars bars? Or twix? Or......and made it unhealthy?

Anyway I now have a frozen dream in my freezer 24/7 at my disposal. Heavenly banana ice cream for my wannabe healthy body.

Recipe ........... 



Simply slice some bananas, keep them in a ziplock bag and freeze them. After a few hours take them out of the freezer and process them in a food processor until smooth and creamy. It will look just like vanilla ice cream. Add honey of you like it sweeter. You could eat it straight away while still chilled and freeze the rest. Unbelievable. But true.

Top with any sauce you like. I would have preferred a thick glossy chocolate sauce but I only had some dulce de leche and for crunch I sprinkled some crushed pistachios. 

21 comments:

Yin said...

Cherry:
I couldn't believe these ice cream made without cream! They looks so yummy good like vanilla ice cream.

Anonymous said...

Salams Puan,
TQ for the banana ice cream recepi.I must try making banana ice cream for the first time.Thanks a million.

wawa

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Creamy and dreamy? I'm in!! ;)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

so simple yet look so yummy!

Medeja said...

I dont know much about bananas, but I can see that this ice cream looks great :)

La Table De Nana said...

Great photos Zurin! And the dish is beautiful!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

That's all? Just freeze the banana and process them? This must be one delicious ice cream! A big treat for a banana lover like myself!

Janine said...

i use the same recipe too :) love the fact that it's healthy!

Through My Kitchen Window said...

Very different recipe - almost too easy. Just one question - you say "churn in a food processor". I'm not sure what that means. Is it churn in an ice cream churner or is process in a food processor? Sorry. Im really interested to know, so pardon my ignorance for not getting it.

And I think your choice of topping was perfect. I prefer caramel these days to chocolate on my icecream. Maybe thats why the hips are broadening.

Your beautiful post from before was always going to be hard to follow. Those roses just amaze me and I have to keep admiring them everytime I pop in. Mariana.

Joy said...

I love banana ice cream. that looks great.

Zurin said...

Mariana,

Yes it is indeed too easy. unbelievable isnt it? It is process in a food processor not churn. I just wrote the first word that came to my mind :P

hope you'll try it because its just too easy. And healthy. If you like the banana flavour its a great ice cream to have everyday and not feel too guilty or guilty at all. :))

hugs

zurin

once in a blue moon said...

only you could make me swoon over a banana... and salivate too! your pics always send me to the moon~

The Sweetylicious said...

im waiting for the bananas at home to ripe, for me to make the ice cream (: and i cant wait for it to ripe after looking at the ovely pic and ice cream you made! yummy!! (:

Federica said...

semplicemente delizioso!complimenti!

Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet said...

Wow, would have never thought there wasn't any milk/cream in there. Great idea!

busygran said...

You make me go bananas over your banana ice-cream! This is something I must try. Healthy ice-cream yay!

Sharon said...

Wow.....I gotta try this. I wanna say your wedding cake was superbly done and so beautiful to look at.

Can you please check your other blog as it says the Sleepless at Fifty is not found. Thanks !

Linda said...

What beautiful pictures Zurin! This looks great. I keep my over ripe bananas in the freezer, right in the skin and then use them for smoothies, milk shakes, and banana bread...frozen bananas are also great dipped in melted chocolate...but your ice cream is a stroke of genius! Yumm...looks marvelous!

pigpigscorner said...

I like the small bananas too! They are so yummy. Here, we only have 1 type of banana =(

Through My Kitchen Window said...

Thanks Zurin. One of the ventures we are looking into is growing bananas up on the top of our mountain at the farm. It used to be a banana plantation once. Ceased operation in 1980. The location and the climate is perfect. It would be good to start something up again. And of course any recipes to do with bananas would be of benefit. Thanks for clarifying about the 'churn or process'. Like I said, its almost too easy. Thanks dear. mariana x

Percicilan said...

Bila lah saya boleh rasa nihh.. hehe

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