Maybe it's because of PMS. Or maybe because I have been working my ass off in the garden the last two days, but whatever the reason, I decided it was time to break out the ice cream maker. Normally I go for simple, but today I wanted something over the top. I give you coffee-banana-bourbon-chocolate chip ice cream. Need I say more?
coffee-banana-bourbon-chocolate chip ice cream
2 cups heavy cream // 1/2 cup whole milk // 1/2 cup whole roasted coffee beans, your choice *you may want to use decaf here // 1/2 cup brown sugar // 1 tablespoon butter // 2 tablespoons water //2 large bananas, cut into pieces // 2 tablespoons bourbon // squeeze of lemon juice // 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
Bring milk and cream and coffee beans to a simmer in a medium sauce pan. Turn off heat and let steep 30 minutes to an hour.
In a skillet combine sugar and water. Once the sugar begins to dissolve and bubble, add butter to the pan and heat until melted. Add the bananas and cook for a minute or two. They will start to break down and become fragrant. Now add your bourbon (carefully) and cook for another minute or two. Remove from heat and squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the mixture. You don't want so much that it alters the flavor, just enough to prevent the bananas from browning and the caramel from crystallizing.
Mix the steeped cream / milk mixture with the caramelized bourbon bananas. Chill a few hours or overnight and make the ice cream according to your maker's instructions. Once ice cream is thickened, add your chocolate chips. Enjoy!