Thursday, August 8, 2013

Salted Caramel and Fudge Swirled Malted Banana Ice-Dream

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You might be thinking that's quite a mouthful of a name! When deciding what to call this heavenly yumminess, I just couldn't stand to leave out any of the ingredients that make it so darn delicious, so there you have it...salted caramel and fudge swirled malted banana ice-dream.

This is pretty much the perfect summer dessert. 
A, because it requires no baking. 
And B, because it doesn't even require an ice-cream maker.

 There is only one, I repeat, ONLY ONE! ingredient that is the base for this frozen dessert. BANANAS! 
Take whatever bananas you have on hand, slice them up, and freeze them. Once they are frozen, they whip up into this magical frozen dessert I like to call Ice-Dream.

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 I've been playing around with malt powder in my baking lately and have found I really love the flavor, so I decided to add it to the base in this dessert. The result is a toned down banana-y flavor, which I totally prefer, but if it's not your thing, feel free to leave it out.

I thought this ice-dream would be great with swirled with some homemade fudge sauce, that by the way, is also super easy to make. Are you seeing a trend here? 
AND, I had a half empty jar of salted caramel sauce, so thought I'd swirl that in there too. What the heck!

From start to finish, this dreamy, creamy, frozen dessert took less than thirty minutes to make. 
Take that Ice-cream!

Salted Caramel and Fudge Swirled Malted Banana Ice-Dream
makes 6 cups 

For the Ice-Dream:

2 pounds frozen banana slices
1/2 cup malt powder

Place bananas in a food processor. Mix until completely blended and creamy, about 5 minutes, stopping periodically to scrape the bowl.

Here's mine after a minute.

And here again after a couple more minutes.

And finally...

 Once blended, add the malt powder and blend for another few seconds.

 For the fudge sauce:

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Place water in a small heavy bottom saucepan. Whisk in cocoa powder and syrup. Heat until boiling. Turn heat to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until thickened. Off the heat and stir in chopped chocolate until fully incorporated. 
Set aside to cool.

For Assembly:

1/2 cup store bought or home made caramel sauce
1/2 teaspoon flaked sea salt

 Scrape half of banana mixture into the bottom of a large shallow plastic container. Drizzle half of chocolate sauce on top then drizzle about 1/4 cup of caramel sauce on top of that. Sprinkle on 1/4 tsp of the salt.

 Using a knife, swirl the mixture.

 Repeat the layering with the remaining ingredients, ending again with the swirl.

Place in the freezer for 2 hours to set up. If you can wait that long!
I topped mine with some chopped honey roasted macadamia nuts, which added such a wonderful sweet crunch to the cold creamy ice-dream. 
Words just can't explain...

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