Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle - Creamy butter pecan ice cream studded with bits of pancake and topped with crunchy maple syrup brittle. | foxeslovelemons.com

Little known fact about me – my original dream after culinary school was to open a hand-crafted ice cream shop here in Ferndale, Michigan. I’ve loved making (and eating!) ice cream since my parents and I use to make it in an old wooden barrel machine when I was a kid. I also love inventing new flavors – no matter how strange of an idea you have, you really can’t screw up ice cream that much. After all, even if it’s a little weird, it’s still ice cream.

So what happened? About a week before I started culinary school, Treat Dreams opened in downtown Ferndale. It was like the owner had read my mind. It was exactly what I had wanted to do, he just beat me to the punch. And he’s now wildly successful at it. While part of me wanted to be a bit scornful, I couldn’t hold it against him. Treat Dreams is amazing and they deserve all of the success in the world.

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle - Creamy butter pecan ice cream studded with bits of pancake and topped with crunchy maple syrup brittle. | foxeslovelemons.com

Taking a cue from the most mellow song in the world, “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson, I unleashed my inner ice cream chef to make this creation. The flavor can best be described as a mixture of butter pecan ice cream, bananas foster and maple syrup-drenched pancakes. Treat Dreams, if you’re reading – you can use this recipe, but you have to name the resulting flavor THE LORI.

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle - Creamy butter pecan ice cream studded with bits of pancake and topped with crunchy maple syrup brittle. | foxeslovelemons.com

Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle

Yield: About 7 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8-inch) pancakes, prepared using your favorite recipe (I used this one)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup pecan halves and pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2-1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1-1/8 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2x recipe Maple Syrup Brittle

Directions:

  1. Cut pancakes into 1-inch pieces. Place on parchment-lined baking pan and transfer to freezer.
  2. In medium nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add pecans and salt; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until pecans are golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; use slotted spoon to transfer pecans to medium bowl. Reserve butter in pan.
  3. Add bananas to pan; cook over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until bananas are caramelized. Transfer bananas to bowl with pecans. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. In medium saucepan, combine milk and cream. Split vanilla bean in half; use blunt edge of a paring knife to scrape out seeds. Stir seeds and bean pod into milk mixture. Bring mixture to a slow boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Place eggs, egg yolks and sugar in mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed 2 minutes or until thick and pale yellow in color. In a slow, steady stream, add 1 cup of hot milk mixture to egg mixture. When combined; pour egg mixture into saucepan with remaining milk mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat back of spoon. Strain through fine-mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap placed directly on custard; chill completely.
  6. Pour custard mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to instructions for your machine (mine took about 20 minutes). Two minutes before churning is complete, add reserved pecans and bananas, and frozen pancake pieces. Churn until everything is fully incorporated (if it’s too much for your machine to handle, you can also fold this stuff in by hand). Transfer ice cream to freezer to harden completely (at least 4 hours). Serve garnished with Maple Syrup Brittle.

Adapted from Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Ice Cream-Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker Recipe Booklet (Creamy Butter Pecan Ice Cream)

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102 comments

  1. One of my favorite songs and two of my favorite foods -banana pancakes and ice crem. I’ll take a Bol and pretend like there’s no world outside 😉

  2. One of my favorite songs and two of my favorite foods -banana pancakes and ice crem. I’ll take a Bol and pretend like there’s no world outside 😉

  3. Oh my gosh! I can’t stop staring at the picture of your ice cream. It’s so creative and looks out of this world!!

  4. Oh my gosh! I can’t stop staring at the picture of your ice cream. It’s so creative and looks out of this world!!

  5. OMG Lori, the flavors! I love ice cream just as much as you, and this is a killer idea! And so creamy. Pinning this recipe.

  6. OMG Lori, the flavors! I love ice cream just as much as you, and this is a killer idea! And so creamy. Pinning this recipe.

  7. I’ve been waiting for this since I saw your teaser pic. I’ll be right over.

  8. I’ve been waiting for this since I saw your teaser pic. I’ll be right over.

  9. I couldn’t wait to see this recipe after seeing the sneak peek photo preview in the forum. Fantastic!

  10. I couldn’t wait to see this recipe after seeing the sneak peek photo preview in the forum. Fantastic!

  11. There is definitely room for more ice cream shops in the area, particularly if it’s yours. The ice creams you come up with are so creative and sound like I’d be making one too many stops at your shop!

  12. There is definitely room for more ice cream shops in the area, particularly if it’s yours. The ice creams you come up with are so creative and sound like I’d be making one too many stops at your shop!

  13. That is such an inventive ice cream, I love it!!!

  14. That is such an inventive ice cream, I love it!!!

  15. What a gorgeous bowl of ice cream! And that maple brittle is an outstanding garnish!!!

  16. What a gorgeous bowl of ice cream! And that maple brittle is an outstanding garnish!!!

  17. Pancakes IN icecream?? Brilliant! Loving the flavour combo

  18. Pancakes IN icecream?? Brilliant! Loving the flavour combo

  19. This is an AWESOME flavor (though, “The Lori” would definitely keep people guessing)! And isn’t that always the way it works!? You can always set up a competing shop ;P

    • Haha yeah, I’ve thought about it. But I’d always be that woman that “is trying to compete with Treat Dreams.” Then I’d be all like “but but but….I came up with the idea ages ago! Before Treat Dreams. Please don’t hate meeeee.” hahaha.

  20. This is an AWESOME flavor (though, “The Lori” would definitely keep people guessing)! And isn’t that always the way it works!? You can always set up a competing shop ;P

  21. THIS is an awesome flavor. “The Lori”…breakfast in a cone!

  22. THIS is an awesome flavor. “The Lori”…breakfast in a cone!

  23. Pretty much all my favorites in one delicious treat. Totally delicious, I’ll take mine with a side of bacon!!

  24. Pretty much all my favorites in one delicious treat. Totally delicious, I’ll take mine with a side of bacon!!

  25. Lori, Your dream can come true! i’m sure of it…This recipe is ingenious and I bet you’ve got more up your sleeve. We’re not the Ritz but you’re welcome to stay for a bit and check out the options in SoCal =)

  26. Lori, Your dream can come true! i’m sure of it…This recipe is ingenious and I bet you’ve got more up your sleeve. We’re not the Ritz but you’re welcome to stay for a bit and check out the options in SoCal =)

  27. When I was a little girl it was a special summer treat to make ice cream in the hand crank machine. Everyone took a turn and the men took over towards the end of the cranking since the ice cream got harder and harder to turn as it froze. Good times!

    Your ice cream sounds fabulous with the bananas and pancakes and – oh, my double goodness – that maple brittle! Such a great combination of flavors, Lori! Treat Dreams should hire you as a consultant.

  28. When I was a little girl it was a special summer treat to make ice cream in the hand crank machine. Everyone took a turn and the men took over towards the end of the cranking since the ice cream got harder and harder to turn as it froze. Good times!

    Your ice cream sounds fabulous with the bananas and pancakes and – oh, my double goodness – that maple brittle! Such a great combination of flavors, Lori! Treat Dreams should hire you as a consultant.

  29. I LOVE this idea! I’m currently making a lot of ice cream for a challenge in Sept but nothing so creative. Pancakes? Brilliant! And maple brittle? Oh, I’m a puddle on the floor.

    • You’re in an ice cream challenge? That sounds so fun! What flavors are you making?

      • It’s not an ice cream challenge per se, but the Vegan Month Of Food is in September and a lot of us like themes. This year I decided on ice cream, but making 31 flavours in 1 month is rough so I’m trying to get a bit of a head start! So far the faves have been Peach Melba, Strawberry and PB&J!

  30. I LOVE this idea! I’m currently making a lot of ice cream for a challenge in Sept but nothing so creative. Pancakes? Brilliant! And maple brittle? Oh, I’m a puddle on the floor.

  31. Sounds like a perfect day to me 🙂

  32. Woohoo! We should start an “ice cream all year ’round” club 🙂

  33. Perfect. I’ll have the ice cream scoop out and waiting 🙂

  34. Woohoo, at least I know I’d start out with one fan 🙂

  35. Thanks Liz – my jaw and teeth don’t appreciate the brittle so much, but what are you gonna do? haha.

  36. Thanks Sarah. Ultimately? Despite my best attempts, the pancakes kind of just disintegrated and got muddled in with the rest of the ice cream, but oh well. Still tasty 🙂

  37. Haha yeah, I’ve thought about it. But I’d always be that woman that “is trying to compete with Treat Dreams.” Then I’d be all like “but but but….I came up with the idea ages ago! Before Treat Dreams. Please don’t hate meeeee.” hahaha.

  38. Haha yes! If it were a waffle cone, it’d be like eating pancakes AND waffles at once!

  39. You know what? For a brief moment, I considered putting bacon IN this ice cream.

  40. Ohmigoodness. Growing up, my dad would make banana pancakes every other weekend. I have to try this ice cream!

  41. Ohmigoodness. Growing up, my dad would make banana pancakes every other weekend. I have to try this ice cream!

  42. This sounds increeeeedible! Creating new ice cream flavors would be a fantastic job! But the market is way over saturated here in Columbus too. We’re home to the famous Jeni’s Ice Creams.

  43. This sounds increeeeedible! Creating new ice cream flavors would be a fantastic job! But the market is way over saturated here in Columbus too. We’re home to the famous Jeni’s Ice Creams.

  44. Alright…..who needs the Ritz, anyway? haha.

  45. Aww, glad to hear somebody else has fond childhood memories of making ice cream. It’s seriously one of my favorite memories.

  46. You’re in an ice cream challenge? That sounds so fun! What flavors are you making?

  47. Your Dad sounds like a great cook, Kim!

  48. Oh, I’ll have to check that out next time I’m through that way. I believe I’ve heard about Jeni’s- either on tv or in a magazine.

  49. It’s not an ice cream challenge per se, but the Vegan Month Of Food is in September and a lot of us like themes. This year I decided on ice cream, but making 31 flavours in 1 month is rough so I’m trying to get a bit of a head start! So far the faves have been Peach Melba, Strawberry and PB&J!

  50. As always, your photos are divine! And, the recipe sounds scrumptious! I have never made ice cream. Well, not since I was a little kid helping my grandparents make it in the garage as you mentioned with your own parents. I think I need to buy an ice cream maker soon! My family would love me – well, love me a little more, at least! 😉

    • Thanks Angela 🙂 Ice cream makers definitely go on sale in August and September! I think I scored mine at a discount from Williams-Sonoma about that time a few years back. Keep your eye out, because it’s SUCH a fun family activity!

  51. As always, your photos are divine! And, the recipe sounds scrumptious! I have never made ice cream. Well, not since I was a little kid helping my grandparents make it in the garage as you mentioned with your own parents. I think I need to buy an ice cream maker soon! My family would love me – well, love me a little more, at least! 😉

  52. Love this song and this ice cream looks amazing! I would be in heaven with a bowl of this.

  53. Love this song and this ice cream looks amazing! I would be in heaven with a bowl of this.

  54. WOWOWOW what a recipe! This is so genius and looks delicious. Awesome job!

  55. WOWOWOW what a recipe! This is so genius and looks delicious. Awesome job!

  56. Thanks Angela 🙂 Ice cream makers definitely go on sale in August and September! I think I scored mine at a discount from Williams-Sonoma about that time a few years back. Keep your eye out, because it’s SUCH a fun family activity!

  57. This sounds fantastic and looks super delicious! I love your pictures!

  58. This sounds fantastic and looks super delicious! I love your pictures!

  59. Hello! I write a weekly post on my blog called the Weekend Wrap-Up,
    where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I loved the idea of this ice cream recipe so much that I had to include it in this week’s post; I also featured one of the photos, of course with credit linking back to this url. I wanted to thank you for such a great idea and recipe, and have included the link to the wrap-up in case you’re interested.
    Enjoy your weekend!

    http://floptimism.blogspot.com/2013/08/weekend-wrap-up.html

  60. Hello! I write a weekly post on my blog called the Weekend Wrap-Up,
    where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I loved the idea of this ice cream recipe so much that I had to include it in this week’s post; I also featured one of the photos, of course with credit linking back to this url. I wanted to thank you for such a great idea and recipe, and have included the link to the wrap-up in case you’re interested.
    Enjoy your weekend!

    http://floptimism.blogspot.com/2013/08/weekend-wrap-up.html

  61. OK this sounds AMAZING. It’s OK if I have some for breakfast, right? 🙂

  62. OK this sounds AMAZING. It’s OK if I have some for breakfast, right? 🙂

  63. Of course, breakfast ice cream for everyone!

  64. Thanks so much for including me, Jess!

  65. Oh WOW. What an amazing batch of ice cream! I adore pancakes. I eat them with ice cream all the time, but adding the pancake TO the ice cream batter… that blows my brain. Wow. Definitely trying this!

  66. Oh WOW. What an amazing batch of ice cream! I adore pancakes. I eat them with ice cream all the time, but adding the pancake TO the ice cream batter… that blows my brain. Wow. Definitely trying this!

  67. I’d actually never combined pancakes and ice cream until creating this recipe, but now I’m hooked. I kind of want a scoop of ice cream on all future stacks of pancakes 🙂

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