Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream!

I know, I know, I’m a little behind on posts, but it’s just been so busy around here! Lots of weddings going on, engagement parties, dinner parties, birthday parties…. You name a party and I bet I’ve been to it in the last month or so!  In fact, I’m supposed to be going to my friend Chelseas today for a pool party, I know, be jealous.  However, I wanted to take some time and check on and post this recipe!

I posted a poll type thing on our Facebook page (@isbutteracarbblog) to see which ice cream recipe people wanted the most and (not surprisingly) this is the winner!  Hopefully We can do more things like this in the future and possibly some giveaways and things like that as well!

So with that being said let’s jump in to this delicious ice cream recipe!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup heavy cream

1 3/4 cup whole milk

1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch

2 Tablespoons corn syrup

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 egg yolks

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups of bananas, mashed

 

Instructions: 

Grab yourself a saucepan and add in your milk, 2 egg yolks, heavy cream, corn syrup, cornstarch, brown sugar, and salt.

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Now that you have all that in the saucepan, whisk it up! Whisk it up real good!  I’m not joking, WHISK! Well, whisk until everything is well combined and make sure you don’t have any lumps of cornstarch floatin’ around.

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Put your pan on the stove on medium to medium-high heat. While that concoction is heating up, let’s mash-up those nanners (bananas)! I think I ended up using about 4 medium bananas for mine, but as long as you have 2 cups of mashed bananas you’re good to go!

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Just use a fork to mash these suckers up!

Stir your mixture on the stove frequently.  Continue whisking it until it reaches a boil. Once it reaches a boil take it off the heat and pass it through a sieve or strainer.  We are doing this just incase some of the egg yolk got cooked and we don’t want little chunks of egg in our ice cream.

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Let’s add that vanilla extract and those mashed bananas to the mixture!

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Make sure you mix those bananas in really well.

Let the mixture cool down for about 15 mins, then put it in an airtight container and pop it in the refrigerator.

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You’re going to want to let this hang out in the fridge for about 10 hours.  We really want to give those flavors time to meld together and thoroughly chill.  Plus, if it isn’t chilled well, it won’t freeze well.

Ok, 10 hours is up!  Now let’s add our ice cream to our ice cream maker.  You’ll need to follow your ice cream makers manufacturers instructions on times and things like that, because they all vary and I haven’t a clue as to what type you’re using. My Kitchen Aid mixer usually takes about 20 minutes.

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So churn away until it looks something like this….

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All that’s left to do now is scrape all that ice cream goodness into an airtight container and put it in the freezer for 4-6 hours.  If you’re impatient like me you can always eat a little bit straight out of the mixer…. it’s like soft serve.

After that 4-6 hours though your going to have a beautifully decadent Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream!

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Man is this ice cream good! The brown sugar lends a delicious caramel flavor to it and the egg and cream give it such a rich and luscious texture. Plus there’s banana in it so that makes it healthy….. right? RIGHT?!

Anyway, I hope y’all give this ice cream a try, you won’t regret it!  Let me knew how it turns out in the comment section! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page (@isbutteracarbblog) for polls, giveaways, Q&A’s, and whatever else I can think of!  Thanks for stopping by, until next time! Ciao!

P.S.- Speaking of parties…. Check out this deer party in my yard! 

Watermelon Agua Fresca!

With Cinco de Mayo and summer right around the corner I thought I’d share a delicious and refreshing drink recipe! I love making this drink for our dinner parties in the spring and summer, plus you can add a little vodka to really get the good times rolling! I’m going to be telling you about two recipes by the way, one for the Agua Fresca and one for simple syrup.

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can use just about any fruit that your little heart desires.  I just really prefer the watermelon, it’s just so invigorating on a balmy day! Anyway, let’s get to it!

Ingredients for the Agua Fresca:

1/2 of a seedless watermelon (about 6 cups)

2 cups cold water

Simple syrup to taste

Ingredients for the Simple Syrup: 

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup of sugar

Instructions: 

First we need to make our simple syrup and despite what the name says, it really isn’t that hard.  You can make any amount you want, by simply using a 1 to 1 ratio. Just dump your 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water into a little sauce pan over low heat and give it a stir.

20170426_212151You’re just going to let that hang out and stir it every so often, until it becomes completely clear!

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Now, once it looks like the picture above, remove it from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. After it cools down it’s ready to use!

On to the Agua Fresca! Get your seedless watermelon and cut it in half.  Take a little taste to see how sweet it is, so you’ll know about how much simple syrup to add later.  At least that’s what you should tell people if you get caught eating the watermelon, I mean it sounds like a legitimate excuse, right?

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Next scoop out 6 cups of the watermelon flesh and put it in your blender, along with the 2 cups of water.  Don’t get any of the white parts of the melon (rind), it’s super bitter and isn’t very tasty.  Well, unless you pickle it, but that’s a whole other story.

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Place a towel over your blender(you don’t want watermelon juice all over your damn kitchen) and then pulse it a few times. Slowly increase the speed on your blender until you get to max speed. Let that blend for a minute or two, until you’re satisfied that it is thoroughly blended.

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Now pour the freshly blended melon through a fine mesh strainer to get all the fibrous bits out.

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Just take a spatula and scrape it around the mesh strainer.  This will take a little bit of time, not a long time, don’t worry.  When you’re done it should look close to this.  Just discard all the fibrous materials.  Now, you should have something that looks like this! 20170426_214949.jpg

You may want to skim some of the foam off the top (I did), however it isn’t necessary and it completely optional.  Have a taste and see how much of the simple syrup to add, I added about 2 Tablespoons to mine.  I can’t give you exact measurements here because all watermelons are different, you may have a sweeter one. So, the amount of simple syrup you use is completely up to you.  Next just pop it in the refrigerator and let it get cold, then it’s ready to serve!

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I really hope you try this drink recipe out!  It is just the perfect beverage for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or just a random Tuesday.  It’s wonderful mixed with vodka or just by itself.  Pine thing is for sure, your guests will surely be impressed!

So, give this one a try, let me know how it turns out in the comments. Don’t forget to follow the blog and check us out on Facebook (@isbutteracarbblog). Thanks for stopping by! Adiós!