You might recall that the nice people at Gaggia offered to lend us one of their ice cream makers. Well my machine arrived and of course I couldn’t wait to try it. Unfortunately, with no fresh cream in the house, I had to improvise and use what I had to hand.
Having a bunch of ripe bananas in the fruit bowl, I decided to experiment. This is what I came up with.
- 200ml water
- 200g caster sugar
- 200g bananas
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 50g finely grated dark chocolate
Pour the sugar & water into a saucepan and bring to the boil, just long enough to make sure the sugar is disolved. Leave this to cool.
When the sugar syrup has cooled a little, mash in the bananas. I found it easiest to use an electric mixer to make sure the mix was as smooth as possible. You can use a blender or force the mixture through a sieve if you want it completely smooth.
Stir in the cocoa powder and allow the mixture to cool completely. Finally, pour it into your pre-chilled ice cream maker. Set the timer to 30 minutes and let the machine do its thing.
When the machine is done, scoop into glasses or bowls and generously sprinkle with the grated dark chocolate.