Friday, March 9, 2012
One Ingredient Ice Cream Experiment
Besides strolling leisurely on the beach and sitting peacefully reading something other than child development and lesson plans, we decided to try that One Ingredient Ice Cream that is popular on Pinterest. Have you seen it? It has one ingredient ~ the banana. The comments on Pinterest have been positive and so with a bowl full of the humble banana, we followed the recipe ~ not once, not twice, but three times.We followed the recipe two times per instructions: cut up banana, freeze the banana, put in blender and pulverize, and enjoy. The blender here has seen better days and I am sure it is use to just blending a few cocktails. This process of blending frozen banana was a challenge for the blender. The instructions mentioned that "when the bananas rise above the blades, it will be done". Well, it took a lot of prodding and pushing with a utensil to get to this point. The result...was interesting...and awful...bitter...yucky. Both times it ended with disappointment.With our teacher determination, we found another recipe that roasted the bananas prior to freezing. We had a few bananas left so we tried again. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and roast cut up bananas for 40 minutes. Prior to roasting, sprinkle with brown sugar and dabs of butter. We had a packet of sugar from the Piggly Wiggly Deli and some ICBINB in a tub, so we used that. I just couldn't set the oven for 400 degrees ~ that would be making this crazy recipe even crazier! I set the oven at 350 degrees. When the buzzer buzzed after 40 minutes, the aroma was heavenly and the appearance of the bananas was pitiful. They were brownish and had shrunk in size ~ duh! So we popped them in the freezer and waited for the frozen state of banana.Finally! Time to blend it up. I felt sorry to have to do this again to the blender. Just as before, Elizabeth worked the machine and got the mixture to the "creamy" state. It was the color of coffee ice cream but not in a good way. It tasted just like bitter roasted bananas. Another failed experiment! In conclusion, we won't be trying this again. I suggest you don't either. It was a fun experiment to do with my science teacher daughter and we will remember it fondly. We did try putting caramel sauce on it but that did not help. What's that saying? Fool me once, shame on you - Fool me twice, shame on me!