One of my colleagues asked on Friday what I was doing this weekend. I said, “making ice cream”, which I think covered the most important aspects of it 🙂
So there I was yesterday, hazelnut-infused roasted banana concoction churning away to my left, a cheeky caramel sauce bubbling away in front of me, feeling like a dessert goddess.
Next minute, the ice cream maker screeched to a halt and by the time I’d realised it didn’t want to start again, I had a lump of tooth-shatteringly hard burnt sugar in a panful of dirty-looking liquid.
I’d made half-quantities of the roasted banana recipe from David Lebovitz’s book and it did say to add more liquid to the mixture before you put it in the machine, “if it looks too thick”. Well clearly it was, which is why the maker couldn’t cope. But as a novice in the world of ice cream, (or the world of making ice cream) I didn’t realise. I scraped the mixture out of the machine and froze it anyway.
It tasted amazing, even though it wasn’t quite creamy enough and I didn’t want to start again so today, I used this frozen yoghurt, with bananas instead of the strawberries, mashing them, melting in the microwave and using maple syrup in stead of the agave.
I’d also half-heartedly had another go at the caramel, which didn’t look much cop but by adding loads more milk (Kara coconut works perfectly) and reducing it over a low heat, I came up with some cajeta:
Clearly I’d reduced it a bit too much; it was like toffee this morning – and yes, I know what it looks like in that picture 🙂
But microwaved and with a bit more Kara added, it was fine (and amazingly addictive).
I scooped the ice cream into mini pots, topping each one with a spoonful of the caramel:
It was brilliant – I love the roasted banana taste, you couldn’t fail to want to eat a whole bowl of the cajeta (or is that just me…?) and the chopped hazelnuts’ flavour goes perfectly. But the consistency still wasn’t quite right; the machine instructions say to stop “when it reaches the desired consistency” but I haven’t got any sort of clue what consistency I do desire…
Looks like I’ll just have to keep practising then *sigh*. It’s a hard life 🙂
Have a great week!