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Deluxe Banana Ice Cream

  • Serves 6.


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup plus
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large, ripe, mashed bananas
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Beat egg yolks with a whisk until well-blended. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, cream, sugar, and nutmeg. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and small bubbles form along sides of pan. Stir in bananas. Temper the eggs by adding a little of the hot milk mixture, whisking constantly to bring the temperature of the eggs up gradually. This will prevent curdling. Whisk in a little more of the milk mixture and finish by adding the yolk mixture to the remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of the spoon. This will take 3 to 5 minutes. Remove pan and set in an ice bath. Add vanilla and salt. Remove from the ice bath when cool and place in refrigerator several hours to allow flavors to blend. You may do this the night before serving. Pour into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

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