June 1st. The month when SUMMER begins! Did you know today is National Barefoot Day? I'm going to honor it by going barefoot and enjoying a bowl of this yummy ice cream we made over the weekend. I first tasted this when my sis in law, Diane made it for us in her hand crank ice cream maker. Why would anyone purposely buy a hand crank model over a standard electric model? Diane, a total yellow (party) personality, as opposed to my red (as a mom) personality, thought it would be fun to have the kids take turns cranking and taking part in making the ice cream. Well, that lasted for about 2-3 minutes tops, then they found more important things to do, like PLAY. Even though we had 10 kids between us, we would get about 12 minutes of total hand crank time out of the kiddos. A few years later, Mother's Day rolled around and I scored on a lovely Cold Mountain electric ice cream maker. Now, the machine does the work. It's tart, sweet, fruity, rich, creamy. So easy. So yummy.
It's like tasting summer.
This is how it looks after hard packing or freezing it overnight...
Creamy Banana Berry Ice Cream
3 ripe bananas
Juice of 3 lemons
Juice of 3 oranges
6 cups fresh strawberries or raspberries, cleaned and hulled
3 cups of sugar
4 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
Place first 5 ingredients in bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade ( or use blender and blend bananas and orange juice, then sugar, strawberries and lemon juice, then combine). If using raspberries, leave whole do not process. Add cream slowly, then add milk. Pour entire mixture into a 6 quart ice cream maker and freeze according to freezer instructions.
makes 1 gallon.
-Don't over process the fruit, it's nice to have chunks of fruit in the finished product.
-This recipe is really simple to prepare. Total prep time, about 10 minutes.
-You can make the ice cream ahead of time, then pack it into a container and freeze if you like hard pack ice cream.
-It all depends on the day, but yesterday, it only took 15 minutes for this to set up. I have made ice cream where the freeze time has been 45 minutes...I think it all depends on the weather outside if you are making it outdoors, the temperature of the ingredients, and the type of ice cream.