Banana spice ice-cream
2 ripe bananas
1 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 whole star anise
3 egg yolks
a handful or two of walnuts
In a saucepan, mix together milk, cream, vanilla and spices.
Blitz bananas in a food processor until smooth and add to spiced cream mixture.
Heat until boiling (stirring regularly).
Take off heat and set aside for around 30 minutes to allow the spices to really penetrate through the mixture.
Put mix back on heat and, when hot, stir through egg yolks.
Whisk constantly over a low heat, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
Remove from heat and force the custard through a sieve.
Chill mixture. For really hungry people (like me!) this process can be expedited by placing the custard container into an ice bath.
Once cool, pour mixture into an ice-cream machine and churn according to manufacturer's instructions (approximately 10-15 minutes), adding a few handfuls of walnuts (as desired) to the mixture at around the five minute mark.
Then, as a turkey would say: "Gobble, gobble, gobble!"