Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake

This idea came from various daydreams about how to make everything we like to eat during the rest of the year summer-ready. Now, banana pudding, whether it's a childhood classic or a crazy modernization, is good all the time, no question about that. But, oh my goodness, it is all of a sudden verging on painfully hot here in Memphis. And a little cold dessert just helps make that okay. 

The trick is to make your own banana ice cream first and then whip some cream; everything else is simple layering and freezing ahead of time. (Oh, this is our very first ice cream cake! We made it for Fox's baptism lunch. After the ecstatic reaction it got, we'll surely dream up another kind in the same vein soon. Like with chocolate...)

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake 

3 bananas (mashed well)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1/2 cup cane sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla bean (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 bananas (thinly sliced in rounds)
Vanilla wafers (crushed; about 1 cup)
Easy Whipped Cream (for topping; recipe follows)

Whisk together 3 mashed bananas, milk, cream, yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pour into ice cream maker and while it spins, slice 2 bananas and crush vanilla wafers. Line a square pan with 2 layers of parchment paper -- it should overlap to make 'handles' that will pull out the cake once it's frozen. Start layering ingredients: crushed wafers, then bananas, and then spoon half of the ice cream on top. (It's fine, and actually works better, if it's a little melty because you're going to freeze the whole thing anyway.) Repeat layers and then finish with more wafer crumbs on top. Freeze for about four hours or overnight. When you're ready to serve, pick up paper 'handles' and flip cake onto a flat surface like a cutting board. Spread the whipped cream on top. Freeze it again for about 10 minutes and then, with a good sharp knife, cut it into squares to serve. (Serves 16 with small pieces or 8 with generous slices.)

Easy Whipped Cream

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla bean (optional)
pinch of sea salt 

In a large bowl whisk cream vigorously until slightly stiff. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt and whisk to combine.  Set whipped cream aside in the refrigerator until ready to top cake and serve. 


The Yogi Vegetarian said...

This sounds really wickedly yummy- btw have you ever tried the simplest and healthiest banana icecream ever? Just frozen fully-ripe banana thrown in the food processor or Vitamix. That's all. Unbelievably creamy ans sweet :)

Christy@SweetandSavoring said...

As soon as I saw the title of this post, I said "THAT sounds good", out loud to no one in particular. Banana pudding ice cream cake is such a good idea!