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
The mix will expand when freezed, so put it in a plastic tub the right size with enough space in the top. 
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.
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


  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..:)

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

    Hamaree Rasoi

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

  4. Very luscious ice-cream....tempted

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

  6. Ice cream looks simply delicious and divine.

  7. wow looks yummy, loved the combo as well

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

  9. great combo and yummy ice cream..

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

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

  11. 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 !

  12. Super delicious great combo icecream. Yummy...

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

  14. 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.