This was the find of the century for me. As you may know, ice cream and frozen yogurt are my weaknesses in life. If slow metabolism wasn’t my mortal enemy, I would eat frozen yogurt every minute of my waking life.
The only reason I am not constantly making ice cream or frozen yogurt at home is twofold. First, my willpower will not let me. But secondly, I sometimes dread standing over the stove while constantly stirring egg yolks, praying that they don’t scramble before the custard reaches the point where it can coat the back of a spoon, then chilling the custard for several hours before I can process the mixture in my ice cream maker.
Sometimes, I think it is for the best.
Well, the best (or the worst) thing may have just happened.
I found a recipe that requires NO COOKING AT ALL.
Heavy cream, half and half, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk are all you need to make an unbelievably tasty and creamy ice cream with no work required at all. It took me all of 3 minutes to make the mixture. Since my condensed milk was already cold, I poured the mixture into my ice cream maker and let the machine do all of the work.
I coulnd’t stop tasting this ice cream as it churned. I must have had two servings before it was even fully frozen. The vanilla ice cream was so good, I almost didn’t want to add the banana. But I did, and it was worth it, because it was AMAZING. Rich. Unbelievably creamy. I was shocked. This tastes exactly like ice cream that would have taken me a half an hour to make beforehand. The best part is, it is unbelievably versatile. This mixture could act as a base for any kind of ice cream. Rum raisin. Cookies and cream. Mint chip.
A world of possibilities lay at my fingertips now. And more time at the gym.
No-cook Banana Ice Cream Recipe: Adapted from PinkBites.com
makes 1 quart
You will need:
2 cups of half and half
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 very ripe bananas
2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
Mix together the first four ingredients until combined, making sure the condensed milk is well blended with the other liquids. Chill until cold.
Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze accordingly.
Mash the bananas with the lemon juice and add to the ice cream maker 2 minutes before it's finished. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container, cover and freeze for at least 3 hours.