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I really want to make an ice cream flavored like banana cream pie, but can't really put it together. I'm thinking of a custard-based banana ice cream with chocolate ganache swirls, but that seems just like chocolate-banana ice cream than banana cream pie. Any ideas? Any way to incorporate more of a pastry cream flavored ice cream, with a creamy banana swirl and chocolate swirl?

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  1. I don't know why you want chocolate in banana cream pie. I would swirl mashed banana and graham cracker or vanilla wafer crumbs into your custard base.

    1. Ben and Jerry's has a Boston Cream Pie ice cream. Maybe taste theirs for some inspiration? It has a custard swirl, chunks of cake and chocolate.

      1. Add banana puree to a custard base, chill, churn, and when it's nearly done, fold in some Nila wafers. Serve topped with whipped cream and a few rounds of sliced banana.

        1. Rather than add in banana and chocolate, I'd lightly swirl two kinds of ice cream, definitely add something to represent the pastry crust, and go easy on the chocolate as not to overwhelm. For me, this would mean rich, buttermilk-banana ice cream, leaving some chunks of banana, made with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar + vanilla-creme fraiche or marscapone ice cream + chocolate-drizzled pie crust crumbs swirled throughout. Or, replace that vanilla ice cream with something like meringue/marshmallow flavored (i.e. http://clumbsycookie.blogspot.com/200...).

          You could always go a simple route, use an established recipe for a banana base with chocolate (http://www.chow.com/recipes/12680-ban...), and fold in extra banana puree, chocolate fudge, pastry crumbs, etc.

          Here's some inspiration from someone who made three separate ice creams to be eaten together:
          http://sporkandfoon.typepad.com/spork...

          You could always try Paula Dean's way- just stir cream pie straight into the ice cream, as she does with banana pudding:
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

          Similarly: http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2008/...

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          1. re: gwendolynmarie

            Thanks guys! The chocolate is for the black bottom type - I'm making it to bring to a dinner where that is the host's favorite pie.

            1. re: kws123

              how about a hot-fudge sauce to represent?

          2. I would use a regular custard base, add in pureed bananas, stir in some Fluffernutter (to simulate the cream/pudding texture), and mix in some Grapenuts (to simulate the pie crust).

            1. i'd swirl together a cream cheese/cheesecake-y ice cream and a banana ice cream. then stir in cooked pie crust pieces.

              1. I think a basic custard style base would work, and you could add prepared banana pudding, sliced bananas and crushed chocolate wafers or gingersnaps or nilla wafers to the final mixture. I've seen the pudding trick done and it worked well, making for an exceptionally creamy custard. delicious.

                1. I decided to turn this recipe into an ice cream: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ba...

                  I've made a super rich custard base ice cream (egg yolks, whole milk, 1/2 and 1/2 and sugar) to which I've added a bit of rum and a dash of nutmeg, to mimic their pastry cream. Once that is churned, I'm going to layer it with pureed banana, chunks of pie crust I've just made, and some chocolate flakes.

                  We'll see how it turns out! Thanks for getting my wheels spinning!

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                  1. re: kws123

                    the pureed bananas should have a little lemon whisked into the puree or they may turn a very, very strange color. It will also brighten the mixture without leaving the taste of citrus. Hope it turns out!