Duomo Gelato

Banana Gelato Recipe

Banana gelato is a creamy, delicious treat that showcases the natural sweetness and flavor of ripe bananas. Making banana gelato at home is simple and rewarding, giving you a taste of authentic Italian dessert. Here’s how to create this delightful gelato:

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Bananas:

    • Peel the bananas and slice them into small pieces.
    • Place the banana slices in a blender or food processor.
    • Add the lemon juice to the bananas (this prevents browning and enhances flavor).
    • Blend until smooth and set aside.
  2. Heat Milk and Sugar:

    • In a medium saucepan, combine the whole milk and sugar.
    • Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is fully dissolved. Do not let it boil.
  3. Combine Banana Puree:

    • Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool slightly.
    • Stir in the banana puree, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Chill the Mixture:

    • Pour the mixture into a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
    • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and the mixture to thicken.
  5. Churn the Gelato:

    • Once the mixture is thoroughly chilled, pour it into your ice cream maker.
    • Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions, usually about 20-25 minutes, until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
  6. Freeze the Gelato:

    • Transfer the churned gelato into an airtight container.
    • Freeze for at least 2 hours to allow it to firm up before serving.
  7. Serve:

    • Scoop the banana gelato into bowls or cones and enjoy!
    • Optional: Garnish with banana slices, chocolate chips, or a drizzle of caramel sauce for added flavor and texture.

Tips for Perfect Banana Gelato:

  • Use Ripe Bananas: The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more flavorful your gelato will be. Look for bananas with brown spots on the peel.
  • Avoid Overheating: When heating the milk and sugar, be careful not to let it boil, as this can alter the texture of your gelato.
  • Chill Thoroughly: Ensure the mixture is well-chilled before churning to achieve the best texture.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Add a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the banana mixture for a spiced twist, or swirl in some chocolate fudge for a decadent treat.

Conclusion

Homemade banana gelato is a delightful dessert that’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Its creamy texture and natural sweetness make it a favorite among all ages. At Duomo Gelato, we love crafting authentic gelato with fresh ingredients. Try making this banana gelato at home, or visit us to explore our wide range of flavors and experience the true taste of Italy. Buon appetito!

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