Tuesday, May 25, 2010

TWD—Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Pie with Gianduja Gelato

I didn’t follow the recipe that was chosen this week for TWD for Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Pie.  Why?  I love bananas and anything with them in it.  Therefore, I would have eaten MOST of the pie.  That’s just how things are around here.  But I did so some good things.

I made Dorie’s Coconut Butter Thins (page 145 in her book).  We made these last March for TWD.  GREAT cookies.  I made half a batch using all coconut (organic, unsweetened) with no coriander or lime added. 

I decided to make ice cream sandwiches with the coconut cookies, bananas and some killer ice cream I recently made from David Lebovitz’ book, The Perfect Scoop.  It’s his Gianduja Gelato on page 47 of this wonderful ice cream cook book.  I have no idea how to pronounce gianduja or what it even means, but this is really a Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream.  I happened to have some egg yolks multiplying in the fridge, so this was perfect to use them up.

Here’s what I came up with.

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And I made these smaller cup size portions, too.  (They have a coconut ice cream that I also made last week and can’t find the recipe—I used a combination of a bunch of recipe with coconut milk.  Maybe I’ll find it sometime.  Sigh.

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The boys ate these Sunday night.  The big ice cream sandwich is still in the freezer.  So is this one.

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I tasted parts of each (more cookie than I should!).  But I can’t just sit down and have me this much of a dessert.  I wish.  Kevin doesn’t like crispy cookies.  And he doesn’t care much for bananas.  I’ll get these out for the boys after their last day of school tomorrow (Today, Tuesday)!

Sorry to Spike of Spike Bakes for not following along with the exact recipe.  I’m my dream skinny-girl life, I totally would!  She’ll have the recipe on her blog.  I think the coconut crust sounds great!

If you like ice cream (Is there someone/anyone who doesn’t???), you must have The Perfect Scoop.  This hazelnut recipe was actually quite involved, but having found the exact amount needed for this recipe in my freezer, and having egg yolks to use up, I made it and actually followed the directions to a tee.  You can leave the ice cream smooth or drizzle in melted chocolate as it just finishes churning, which is called stracciatella, otherwise known as slivers of chocolate throughout the ice cream.  First the hazelnuts are soaked in some warmed whole milk with the sugar.  Then the hazelnuts are strained from the milk, squeezing them in the strainer to get all the flavor you can out of them.  Then the ice cream is made with some milk chocolate, making an egg custard as many ice creams are made.  After cooling the ice cream custard mixture in an ice bath, it chills in the fridge for a few hours.  Then it’s churned in an ice cream maker and turned in to a fantastic ice cream.

I found the recipe online for you, here.  But you really should just have the book.

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When I made it last Thursday, I took most of the ice cream to my friend, Julie’s house, for our girl’s Survivor night where everyone loved it and I allowed myself a small scoop.  The ice cream is rich, so just a small amount will do (especially paired with all the other goodies we had with it!)

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Love my Reality Sistas!  Kathleen, Mindy, Julie, Shayna.  (A couple of our “regulars” weren’t there :( )  And now Survivor is over for the season and we’re moving soon.  Sigh.  Whatever will I do?

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Maybe the boys WON’T get those ice cream sammies so I can go wallow in my sorrow. hehe

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Sam wearing his “helmet”/flat rubber ball.

Trying to get some serious work done on the computer.

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This is his new favorite past time—playing games on Dad’s “keyuner”, his favorite being www.pbskids.org.

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Go check out some of the other real Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Pies over at TWD.

29 comments:

Gourmified said...

K-I totally LOVE the way you think! I'm completely worried about making a whole pie filled with all that yumminess. I may just have to steal your idea...Brilliant!!!! But you knew that already, oh yes!

Stephanie said...

This is such a great approach to the recipe! I didn't even bother this week but if I would have thought of making it like you did, I would have done it.

Lisa Ernst said...

The ice cream looks totally tempting! I love your creative presentations, as always. Personally, I have a hard time keeping ice cream in the house and not eating it all up. It's been quite a few years since I broke out my ice cream maker, but you've got me thinking and scheming.....
Sam is just too cute!

Clivia said...

Your ice cream sounds divine! You've made some great desserts here. Hope you can stay away from the freezer. I know how tempting it is.

Heather said...

OMG think I am going to have to get that book. Love all your photos. What a great idea to do ice cream sandwiches!

spike. said...

love your variation! Haven't tried that ice cream recipe yet but now it's on the list. I'm slowly making my way through the perfect scoop!

Deb said...

Wish I could have been there to watch survivor that night. Looks yummy!

cindy said...

I love thr cookies you made, it is a favorite recipe. I must have that ice cream cookbook!

Natalie said...

You always amaze me with your creativity, I look forward to your TWD posts each week. These ice cream sandwiches are no exception--what a great idea! My tummy is grumbling as I read :)

Sweet and Savory said...

You are ever so creative to make these and they all look terrific. Good thinking on your part.

Flourchild said...

Your version is the best! I love ice cream sandwiches..especially yours! Great job!

Amber Marie said...

These ice cream sandwiches look great! I love The Perfect Scoop ice creams - everyone I've tried is delicious!

sarahe said...

they look wonderful!

Engineer Baker said...

Such a cool tweak - this is the perfect time for ice cream sandwiches!

natalia said...

Ciao ! Love your serious kid and your wonderful sandwhiches ! Gianduja : jandooea I wish I could record myself !!

Leslie said...

Gianduja is one of my favorite flavor combinations! I love how you flipped this recipe on its ear and even made the coconut butter thins (loved those!) Even after you move, you can still do your Survivor nights with your girls...Skype is the way to go!

Kayte said...

You are always so creative...it is such fun to get over here and see what you are doing with all the recipes. I stand in awe. Photos of the kids are cute...that Sam with the computer is to die for!!!

Amanda said...

I had David's book from the library and had to return it. Guess I should just buy my own copy eh? LOL I'll have to try that version, it looks amazing!

Mimi said...

I love your ice cream sandwich variation.
Mimi

Romaine said...

After reading about this ice cream, I think you may be right. I need David's cookbook.

As usual, your kids are just too cute!

vibi said...

Please! Don't tell me you made the ice cream yourself, for that dessert!

Ahhhhhh! Yikes... why am I not even surprised, it was expected from an eight arms octopus mom! LOL

This is really cool, Katrina... even learnt new things!

TeaLady said...

Now THAT is an ice cream sandwich. Just hand me a fork, or lots of napkins.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great job switching up the recipe! Both versions look fantastic!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

gianduja gelato?? yum! i am totally envious of those cute boys! :)

Jaime said...

well you didn't make the pie but boy oh boy would i love some of that! i love hazelnut :)

jillbert said...

Those cookies were so good! If I made those again, I'd wolf them all down.

The pie was definitely tempting. You have to try at least the crust sometime!

mike said...

How funny - I just got that in the mail the other day! Borrowed it from the library and loved it! I've made at least 5 recipes from it - but not this one - now I have to since it looks fantastic! (Along with your TWD!!!) Great group photo!

Emily said...

SO CUTE! I just want to hug him!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I love the chocolate + hazelnut combination!! This looks perfect :D