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Banana Cajeta Cashew Ice Cream

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First I would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to enter my giveaway for a $65 dollar gift certificate to CSN Stores! It ends September 14th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Click here to enter 🙂 *The giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered!

Ok now onto this delicious ice cream. I have to admit that this is the first time I have made homemade ice cream. Scratch that. That was a lie. I have made homemade ice cream before but it was a long time ago and I did all by hand. Churn, churn, churn. I’m pretty sure my Dad bribed me with a 50 cent piece to do that job. I have a feeling I was underpaid. This was technically the first time I used my handy dandy KitchenAid attachment I received for Christmas from Mr.NN’s wonderful parents. I don’t know why, at the end of summer, I felt compelled to finally make ice cream but I did. That is the only explanation I have. I did however pick this recipe for several reasons.

1. I had brown bananas

2. I had seen cajeta* before but never had a reason to buy it…now I did

3. I have about 5 pounds of cashews that need to be used

This ice cream recipe has the typical custard egg base and and even though it contains fruit it does not get overly icy. It stayed nice and creamy.  When it was first made the cashews were still a little soft but hardened up once the ice cream froze solid. Although my ice cream did not get nice long swirls of cajeta it did have nice little blobs. I’m not sure what I did wrong but it just didn’t want to swirl. Any advice on this?


*Cajeta is a goat’s-milk caramel popular in Mexico where it’s made into candies or drizzled over ice cream and other desserts. The word cajeta is Spanish for “small box,” named for the containers the caramel was traditionally packed in.

Banana Cajeta Cashew Ice Cream:
2 ripe bananas – chilled
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup coarsly choped roasted salted cashews – frozen
1/2 cup cajeta – slightly warmed
Make the Plain Base and chill as directed. (Base recipe is below)

Place the bananas, sugar, and lemon juice in a blender and add half of the base. Blend until smooth, then whisk into the remaining base. Pour the mixture into the container of an ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the cashews 5 minutes before the churning is completed.

Just after churning, drizzle the cajeta over the top and quickly and lightly swirl in a zigzag pattern with a spoon or butter knife.

Plain Base:
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar

In a heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the milk and cream. Place over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally so a skin doesn’t form, until tiny bubbles start to form around the edges and the mixture reaches a temperature of 170°F.

Meanwhile, in a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Gradually whisk in the sugar until it is well incorporated and the mixture is thick and pale yellow. Temper the egg yolks by very slowly pouring in the hot milk mixture while whisking continuously. Return the custard to the saucepan and place over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and it reaches a temperature of 185°F. Do not bring to a boil.

Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl and let cool to room temperature, stirring every 5 minutes or so. To cool the custard quickly, make an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and water and placing the bowl with the custard in it; stir the custard until cooled. Once completely cooled, cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Source: Epicurious

17 responses »

  1. Cookie Makin' Momma

    Looks Yummy!! I love home made ice cream. What is cajeta? I’ve never heard of it/seen it.

  2. I’ve never even heard of cajeta!

  3. Mmmm… even though i dont know what cajeta is, I totally want this!
    *kisses* HH

  4. I have never heard of cajeta, but I know that I’d love it – it’s caramel!! Gorgeous looking icecream Brandy. I’d be happy to scoop it up even though it’s cold outside.

  5. This ice cream sounds amazing! Great combination of flavors!

  6. Oh wow do I need to make this! The combo of cashews, cajeta, and banana sounds fantastic!

  7. Um. Want it. Need it. LOVE it!! Seriously amazing sounding, Brandy!!!

  8. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  9. hey now, i’ll take some blobs of cajeta–no swirls required! great combination of goodies, brandy!

  10. You’ve inspired me to pull out the ice cream maker – your ice cream looks fantastic! Banana, cashew, cajeta- great combination of flavors/textures!

  11. I love the flavors you used! Totally heavenly! A good way to christen your ice cream maker. I’m not going to enter your giveaway – I just won a gift certificate off another blog and I don’t want to be greedy!

  12. Congratulations on making one of the top blogs!

    Gourmet Cupcake

  13. Wow, cajeta and cashews and banana – what an amazing combination!

  14. OK, this sounds and looks fabulous! Bookmarked!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!!! 🙂

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  15. I’m so tempted just to go out and buy an ice cream maker right now. I’m being serious!!

  16. This sounds so ridiculously good! Makes me want to go out and buy an ice-cream machine!


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