By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
For my second test of the Cuisinart Ice-Cream maker, I decide to adventure out a bit and make a banana, pineapple, and coconut ice-cream, without a recipe. In order to keep the ratios within reason I start with the Vanilla Ice-Cream recipe which comes with the maker but modify it.
For the modification I add 3 bananas, one half a can of crushed pineapple, and coconut extract. If you do not dry fruit in the oven before making ice-cream, you will end up with frozen ice “cubes” in your ice-cream. As you can imagine, this is not something you want. I chop the bananas and pineapple, spread onto a cookie sheet, and cook at 350 F using the Convection mode of my oven, for 40 minutes. I let the roasted fruit dry for 4 hours after baking.
To make the ice-cream you freeze the internal canister for 24+ hours, mix the ingredients in an external mixer, pour into the canister, assemble the machine, and push the start button. After 25 minutes, I transfer the now-finished ice-cream to a new container and freeze for 2 hours.
The recipe is as follows:
Banana & Pineapple Ice-Cream
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 3 ripe bananas, chopped and roasted in oven for 30 minutes at 350 F
- 1 cup crushed pineapple, roasted in oven for 30 minutes at 350 F
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- Roast the fruit for 30 minutes and let dry for 2 hours
- Mix the fruit and sugar in a mixer for 2 minutes
- Mix in the whole milk for 5 minutes
- Mix in the heavy whipping cream for 10 minutes
- Mix in the extracts for 2 minutes
- Place into the ice-cream machine (be sure the canister has been cooled for 24 hours)
- Turn on for 25 minutes
- Remove from canister and store in freezer, covered for 2 hours
The ice-cream this time around was a little thinner than the previous batch but it is due to having more milk and cream than before. A few hours in the freezer will “fix” it though. I really enjoy the flavor of it and the hint of nutmeg really sets it apart from what I find in most banana ice-creams. I cannot wait to try the next flavor.