Bet you can’t figure out what today’s theme is? Our theme is ICE CREAM for two reasons. Today, July 23, 2012 is National Vanilla Ice Cream day. This month is also Ice Cream month, so it all just makes sense to have one Monday devoted entirely to Ice Cream.
So here’s a little side note. I have never made homemade Ice Cream before. Well, I have – in a baggie, when I was a kid. And when my kids were young, but never the real kind. We did make an awesome Snow Ice Cream two winters ago that apparently I never shared on my blog because I can’t find it. It was amazing.
When I saw the theme, I though – oh boy, now I have to actually do it. I have to come up with something to make. I wasn’t sure what I was doing.
That doesn’t really matter when it comes to me, because my favorite part in the kitchen is experimentation. I thought about what flavor I wanted, and looked at hundreds of different basic recipes for just vanilla, because I wanted to make my own flavor. I just needed a basic place to start and jump off from. I didn’t even care if it worked or not, I figured experiment until you do. Except I didn’t have to.
I came up with this Roasted Banana and Coconut Ice Cream because I had a big bunch of bananas we had forgotten about and they were getting way too soft and I could smell them while I was thinking about it. I couldn’t just let them go to waste, I wasn’t planning on baking any Banana Bread, so I went with this ice cream instead.
Here’s my rendition of homemade Ice Cream. If it’s wrong, stick to make your own thing – what I can tell you about this one, is it was amazingly flavorful, soft, delicious, creamy and wonderful.