Because it's been so hot, it's been perfect ice cream-making weather. I have a Cuisinart automatic ice cream maker so it makes making ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbets easy. The only thing I wish it had was an extra bowl so I could make two flavors at a time, but that is on my list to buy once summer gets into full swing.
Last night, while dinner was cooking, Bunny and I made banana ice cream. She helped mainly by licking spoons. This isn't a custard-based ice cream (which, texture-wise, I prefer), but it's nice because it's so easy to make. No need to make the custard and wait for it to cool. This week we'll make a frozen custard (one of Nigella's, maybe raspberry?) and I will be sure to post about it.
BANANA ICE CREAM
2 cups very cold heavy cream
1 cup very cold whole milk (or coconut milk would be great, too)
2 tbsp sugar
2 roughly chopped, slightly over-ripe bananas (pref. frozen)
Combine cream, milk, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk together then pour into the frozen bowl of ice cream maker. Turn on and let it run for about 20 minutes until ice cream starts to set up. Then add bananas, run 5 minutes more. Scrape out into another container and freezer for about 2 hrs until ice-cream is set.
Next time I'm going to try making it with all coconut milk to try my hand at a "vegan" dessert.