Roasted Banana Ice Cream with Salted Caramel + DOLE’s Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tour

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If you could choose the perfect fruit, which one would you
  I believe the banana would earn
that honor.  It is portable, delicious
and nutritious. The banana is one of the most widely consumed foods in the
world and an excellent source for vitamin b6, soluble fiber and contains
moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium.  One of the most searched for recipes on the
internet is banana bread – can you believe it? 
I certainly can, especially when you don’t want to waste those over ripe
bananas that are sitting in a bowl on your kitchen counter.

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Speaking of bananas, the wonderful folks at Dole are having
a fun year long campaign to celebrate the banana, called Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour.  It is a year-long Dole
campaign that celebrates the fun, irreverence and whimsical side of bananas and
other tropical fruits.  The program
includes everything from delicious new banana recipes, serving, pairing and
entertaining tips to special content just for Dole’s more than 750,000 Facebook
and Twitter followers.

A highlight is the coast to coast Peel the Love “Banana
Cabana” Tour
that will hit over 26 cities across the country from Memorial Day
through Labor Day.  The great news is
that if you are a San Francisco Bay Area resident like me or visiting our
beautiful region, you can experience the tour in San
from August 7th through 10th.   

Click this link to find the dates and locations, so you can join in the fun! Here is a quick snapshot of the locations in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Nob Hill Foods

270 Redwood Shores Pkwy.

Nob Hill Foods

2531 Blanding Avenue

South San Francisco, CA 94080

As part of the celebration, I created a recipe especially to
highlight the banana.  I thought about a
banana bread recipe but then my sweet tooth took over.  It is a Roasted Banana Ice Cream with Salted
Caramel.  It is the perfect treat to stay
cool during this very warm summer.  You add
some caramel to the ice cream to create the swirls and then for added
decadence, drizzle more on top and enjoy!

Custard Recipe

1 Cup Whole Milk

Pinch of salt

¾ Cup Sugar

2 teaspoons Vanilla

5 Egg Yolks

2 Cups Heavy Cream

In a medium pan, heat the milk and sugar on medium heat
until very warm.  Add the vanilla and

In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and add about ¼ cup of
the warm milk mixture to temper the eggs. 
Next add the entire egg mixture to the warm milk along with the heavy
cream and continue to cook on medium until the back of a wooden spoon is
coated.  Remove from the heat and strain so
you have smooth custard.

3 Bananas remove peel and slice

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Butter

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Use a glass baking dish to roast the
bananas.  Melt the butter in the pan and
stir in the brown sugar then toss the sliced bananas.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool then add to a food processor and
process until smooth. Add to the custard mixture and stir well.  Chill in refrigerator over night.  Process the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s

Salted Caramel Sauce

1 ½ C. sugar 
¼ C. water
½ t. lemon juice
1 C. heavy cream
2 t. Grey Salt

Stir sugar, water and lemon juice in a large
saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat; boil
without stirring until the mixture turns deep amber brown. This should take
about 9 minutes. Take off the stove and hold over the sink before pouring the
cream mixture into the sugar mixture. It will boil and bubble. Once calmed
down, add grey salt and set back on the burner and reduce slightly over medium
low heat for about 8 minutes. Chill until thickened. Put into another container
and let come to room temperature when ready to use. 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Dole.  Compensation was provided by Dole.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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