This past Sunday there was a whole lot of crazy kitchen activity around here, culminating in the absolutely sinful homemade ice cream combination of nutella and banana. The velvety vanilla-cream base is very easy to make and lends itself to all kinds of creative possibilites. I see production of a zabaglione ice cream on the horizon...or a strawberries and cream, then maybe a lemon-blueberry...infinite variety to lazy summertime Sundays.
I had 3 frozen bananas in my freezer ready to go--they had been getting too ripe so I just peeled them and wrapped them in plastic until I had an opportunity to use them up. You could use fresh ones instead if you don't have any already frozen. These got sliced up into chips and set back in the freezer to wait their turn to be added into the ice cream.Whisk together 1 cup whole milk with 1/2 heaping cup sugar.After the sugar dissolves (about 1-2 minutes), stir in 2 cups heavy cream......and 1 teaspoon vanilla.At this point, this is your basic vanilla ice-cream base, suitable for many different add-ins. Pour this mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions. Mine is this little R2D2 Cuisinart, it takes about 25 minutes of mixing time.Added in the Nutella--about half of this container. Then after about 10 minutes of mix time, the frozen banana slices got added in as well.After the mixing time was through, it needs to get quickly packed into a container and returned to the freezer for at least 1 hour. It is tasty right away but the texture is very soft-serve--if you want it to be more like ice cream, you'll need to let it freeze up some.It was just a really great combination: tiny bites of banana and frozen chunks of Nutella in a light chocolatey-hazelnut base.