Thursday, August 20, 2009

Scattered Thoughts On A Hot Day

My electricity bill for this month is going to hurt. I just know it. How can it not?! After all, our damn AC has been working pretty much non-stop all day and all night long. Even though when I wake up in the morning and set it for 78 or 80 degrees F, it still comes on after an hour or so of silence and the poor thing just keeps slogging along - because the temperature inside our house easily goes above my setting these days. Walking around in my t-shirt and shorts helps, but when internal temps hit the 85 or 90 F mark, well, that's when Ozzy and I give up all pretense of being productive. We're left with no other choice than to flop about in our own sweat (although, cats don't sweat, lucky them), and ideally pass out in the second-coolest part of the house (my bedroom - the coolest is the bathroom, but it's too small for comfort).

Curling up to cool down in my armoire drawer; I'll have to go in there with a lint-remover after he gets done.

The only way to beat the lethargy is to treat ourselves to some home-made ice-cream. Not just any ice-cream, mind you, but rather David Lebovitz's Roasted Banana Ice-Cream. His book, The Perfect Scoop, is on my wish-list (yoo-hoo, DH dahlin', have you seen my cookbook wish-list lately? I have a birthday coming up sweetheart!). Look how easy this recipe is to put together ...

Roasted Banana Ice-Cream (found the original recipe here on The Traveler's Lunchbox)
Yields about 3 cups

Click here for printable recipe

3 medium-sized ripe bananas, peeled
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a 2 quart baking dish with parchment paper.

2. Slice bananas into 2 inch pieces. Toss with butter and brown sugar in the prepared baking dish, and roast in the oven for 30-40 mins till caramelized and tender. Stir only once after the first 20 mins of roasting.

3. Scrape the bananas and the thick caramel syrup into a blender immediately. Add the milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and salt. Puree well till smooth.

4. Chill this mixture for 4 hours in the refrigerator. Whisk once, then pour it into your ice-cream maker, if you're using one, and follow manufacturer's instructions. (or you could freeze it in a container, using an immersion blender every 2 hours on it, to make sure it freezes smoothly)
Verdict: What is it about combining caramelized bananas with ice-cream that just elevates the whole thing to a superior level?! Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question. All I know is that this ice-cream does not suffer from the lack of cream or custard base. It is smooth and luscious and just the ticket on a hot day. But you can easily make this all year long - use it in sundaes, to top off pies, crepes, make ice-cream sandwiches for the kids (or the kid in you), and so on. Eat this with vanilla or chocolate wafers, or better yet, mix some chopped nuts and chocolate chips right into it. I think I might drizzle mine with some dulce de leche (hot damn, that just came to me!). We still have some left over, and DH has to to pry the bowl away from my clawing hands to get at this - it's definitely his current favorite ice-cream too. Won't you make it yours?


Cathy said...

Banana ice cream has always been my favourite - I personally support the Chunky Monkey movement for Ben and Jerry's! I'm going to try this one soon :) Glad you are having nice weather still!

Jennifer said...

Ohh man my husband would DIE for this and I need to make more ice cream! I hate it when it gets that hot, sucks!

Varsha Vipins said...

Caramelized banana's sounds soo good..Beat the heat with this galie..:)

Foodiewife said...

I hope that your wish comes true for this book. I finally bought it and I can't decide which one to make next. We love bananas foster, so this one kinda sounds similar. Great choice! As for hot weather, I guess I should stop whining about the grey skies and fog where I work (Pacific Grove, CA). At home, we average 70 degrees. I have never lived in the kind of heat you describe, and I'd probably melt. C'mon to the West Coast to cool off! PS: Your kitty is just too cute!

Kerstin said...

This looks like the perfect way to cool off, it sounds delicious and completely addicting!

Anonymous said...

So,the poor Ac turned hardworking..
Hey i loved that drawer scene..cozy..

Icecream..perfect for the season..(am not an ice cream person)

Kate said...

Sweet, no eggs or cream! I'll be making this in the weekend - even though it's winter here!

Parita said...

I recently tried ben & jerrys vanilla banana ice cream and fell in love with it, i usually dont like bananas but in icecreams they taste soooo good, roasted bananas sounds a winner, got to get my hands on this book!

Anonymous said...

This would be my husband's favorite too - he loves banana-flavored ice-creams! This is delicious!

NKP said...

Yay for ice cream! Looks delish!
Uh oh, I keep the dial at 75.. not looking forward to the bill! How can you live at 80? I would die.

Teanna said...

I honestly can taste this ice cream now! And it tastes SO GOOD (in my mind)!

I'm with you on the heat! Cant' WAIT for the fall!

Kate said...

i just made this and it's soooooo good I want to eat it all! I'm not an icecream fan these days - I usually stick to sorbet as it doesn't have that cloying after taste - but with no eggs or cream this RULES!!! YUMMMM!!!!

Donna-FFW said...

Roasted banana ice cream, love you.. this sounds lovely.

I am also frightened of this months bill, Imay have to just throw it away;)

Muneeba said...

Kate, isn't it surprisingly amazing?! so happy u tried it & liked it!
Natashya ... I'd like to have it at 75F too! Soon I hope!
Donna ... I think I DID throw mine away .. 'coz I can't remember for the life of me where I put it!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Seriously, roasted banana ice-cream?! That's brilliant! I'll have them even on a cold winter's day! :) Looks absolutely smooth.

lubnakarim06 said...

Oh wow that's an drooooooooool worthy ice cream. Thank you for adding the logo in the sidebar. If u want to share any recipe which is traditional/special/healthy, you are free to participate dear. I bet u will enjoy the experience.

megan {a dash of megnut} said...

i have the mixture chilling in the refrigerator right now! i dont think i can wait any longer to get this in my ice cream machine. it took so much restraint to just not eat the carmelized bananas right out of the oven!