“Philadelphia Style” Banana Ice Cream

With a bunch of nearly rotting bananas crowding kitchen counter space, my parents suggested that I turn them into ice cream. No cream and too few eggs in the refrigerator dictated my recipe choice: a “Philadelphia style” ice cream, a custardless canvas for fragrant fruit. Unfortunately, the paucity of fat in this recipe resulted in clunky ice crystals and a coarse texture. When mistakes happen in the kitchen, however, the end result can exceed original expectations. Light and refreshing, the granité texture of the ice cream cut through a heavy venison-oriented dinner. As the banana’s luxurious perfume evaporated on the tongue, dessert seemed to last for a tropical eternity.

“Philadelphia Style” Banana Ice Cream

5 very ripe bananas

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips.

Heat sugar with milk and half and half, stirring constantly, until sugar completely dissolves. Put milk mixture and all other ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender. Liquefy until the ice cream base is completely smooth. Pour into a bowl, cover, and chill in the refrigerator until cold. Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add the mini dark chocolate chips halfway through the cycle.


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3 responses to ““Philadelphia Style” Banana Ice Cream

  1. I like the idea of this! of course I love the “PA” in it LOL (I’m a Pittsburgher)

  2. I love ice cream and this recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing

  3. Oh yum…that’s awesome…I’d love to try your ice cream! I like the inclusion of chocolate chips!

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