Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ice-cream made easy( Strawberry/Banana & Roasted Almonds)

When you have 3 icecream fanatics at home and yours truly is the only one who is not crazy about the creamy delights, then you get all the what's wrong with you stares ! At any point of time there is always a box of Baskin Robbins in the freezer ready to be devoured and while my hubby constantly sneaks in to the kitchen to scoop out a generous spoon or two, he wonders how I refrain from succumbing to the frozen wonders :-O
Now, how do I put it gently  & succinctly ?? 
 ----- I am more licking down the nutella, peanut butter & condensed milk straight from the jars/tins type of gal and for me the pleasure of these sinful indulgences weigh more than the scoop of icecream. Nevertheless, I do enjoy the frozen dessert and occasionally indulge in it big time !


Oops! There I go letting cat out of the bag and you all know the secret (??) of my healthy (!?) figure :P ;))
It's been a while, my refrigerator saw some ice-cream action what with kids falling sick and when hubby dearest was itching to tickle his taste-buds,the strawberries & bananas beckoned me and I went ahead and made 2 separate batches of ice-creams ; While bananas made a happy pair with roasted almonds, strawberries gelled well with the creamy mix for another batch.




I don't have an ice-cream churner at home ,nor do I get double-cream/heavy whipping cream easily in the stores, but fresh cream,cream cheese & condensed milk are a few ingredients that graces my refrigerator most of the times, and all these things go in to making a wonderfully creamy treat




Strawberries, the wonderfully luscious berries is something that goes kaput, the moment I get a bunch. The fact that are fat-free,low in calories as well as are a good source of folic acid & fiber ensures that we wolf them straight away !




Verdict :-


The rush of the strawberry hit and the nutty ripe bananas got a whopping thumbs-up. As the weather swings from pleasantly cool to mildly chilly , the tingly ice-creams was a happy devouring experience.




For the Strawberry ice-cream :-
  • Strawberries  - 250 grams
  • Condensed Milk - 400 grams (I used Nestle Milkmaid)
  • Amul Fresh Cream - 300 ml  (or use double cream/heavy whipping cream)
  • Cream Cheese - 2 generous spoons (I used Brittania) ,optional - gives a richer creamier taste
  • Little Less than a pinch of salt
  • Half a lemon
For the Banana & Roasted Almonds ice-cream
  • Bananas - 6 to 7 small sized ripe bananas
  • Almonds - a fisful (Roasted till smoky & charred and roughly chopped)
  • Condensed Milk - 400 grams (I used Nestle Milkmaid)
  • Amul Fresh Cream - 300 ml  (or use double cream/heavy whipping cream)
  • Cream Cheese - 2 generous spoons (I used Brittania) , optional - gives a richer creamier taste
  • Little Less than a pinch of salt
  • Half a lemon
For Garnish :-
  • Chocolate Syrup /Butter Scotch Topping
  • Roasted & coarsely chopped/grated Nuts
  • Fresh cut fruits
  • Cherries or Glazed Cherries
  • Any choice Toppings

Useful Pointers while making ice-cream
1.
The mix will expand when freezed, so put it in a plastic tub the right size with enough space in the top. 
2.
Cover it with a cling film and the lid of the box/tub has to be shut air-tight
3.You can add choco-chips or marshmallows too before scraping it to the tub.
4.
It is OK if the mix is tad sharper/sweeter than you wished for; as freezing tones down the flavor over time, the mix will adjust to the right taste

How :- (Same procedure for both the ice-creams)

Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender and squeeze in the half lemon. Set it aside.


For the banana ice-cream, roast the almonds till a smoky hue and roughly chop the nuts , puree the bananas with a dash of lemon juice and mix with the nuts.


In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk, fresh cream, cream cheese and whisk it on a medium speed with an electric beater till they are frothy , swirly & gushy


Gently fold in the strawberry puree/banana puree & nuts and salt in to the cream mix and scrape them into a plastic box.


Freeze it for  4-6 hours and enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !




Linking it to Nancy's YBR - Year end edition and Julie's Christmas Delicacy






It's off to Kalyani's Global Food Festival & Vardhini's Sinful Delights and to pranati's Yummy Dessert

21 comments:

  1. Lovely creamy ice creams... Loved both the flavours..;)
    I too don't have an icecream maker but this sounds easy..:)
    Thanks for sharing dear..:)
    Reva

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  2. Ice cream looks simply delicious and heavenly. Lovely preparation.Excellent pics.


    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  3. looks swell and tasty! love it priya

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  4. OMG. Love those luscious strawberries and too in an ice cream. Yummm.

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  5. Very luscious ice-cream....tempted

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  6. Yummy and delicious ice cream..Nice combo of flavors

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  7. Ice cream looks simply delicious and divine.

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  8. wow looks yummy, loved the combo as well

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  9. looks yum ! and thanks for linking too :-)

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  10. great combo and yummy ice cream..

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  11. wow..lovely icecreams...nice combi. of flavours

    can u link it to my ongoing event Yummy desserts for new year...

    http://pran-oriya-recipies.blogspot.com/2011/12/eee.html

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  12. It is unfair that you get to eat this super creamy delicious mouth watering ice cream and we are left with just drooling over the pics you post !

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  13. Super delicious great combo icecream. Yummy...

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  14. Hey these are sooooooo delicious. Love them bookmarked for making soon.

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  15. This ice cream looks as good as any store bought one and I can't believe that you got this result without an ice cream maker.

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