Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Pizza & “Monkey” Ice Cream January 21, 2012

Filed under: Dessert!,For Helpers!,Recipes — gastromami @ 12:37 pm

Ren & I are going through a rough mommy/toddler patch but at least, for now, we can still bond over cooking together!

For starters we had his favorite pizza:


Trader Joe’s herb pizza dough, pesto, sliced tomatoes, goat cheese, topped with arugula tossed in balsamic vinegar & olive oil

and we finished with some homemade “Monkey Ice Cream”

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt with Caramelized Bananas from Food & Wine

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large ripe bananas, cut into 1-inch rounds

(I used 3 small-ish bananas)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon dark rum
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons 2 percent milk
2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2/3 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

(I also added 1 ounce walnuts, finely chopped)

Peel bananas and slice into 1″ rounds

Melt butter in a nonstick saute pan

Place bananas in a single layer and sprinkle with the light brown sugar

Saute over medium heat until caramelized (about 8 minutes)

Remove the pan from heat and add rum, swirl around pan to dissolve the sugar

Place 2/3 of the bananas in a mini food processor with 3 tablespoons milk

Mix until smooth

Chop remaining bananas and put in freezer until ready to use

Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt & 1/2 cup milk

Mix in yogurt until smooth

Mix in banana puree

Pour ice cream base into ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions

When the ice cream is almost frozen, add the walnuts and chocolate

Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until solid (at least 2 hours)


Ren approved!


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