Long before Ample Hills was even an idea, this was Jackie’s other favorite flavor (besides Cardamom Bliss). Summers at Trout Lake always included making this twisted ode to banana pudding. It’s a creamy banana-and-cinnamon ice cream, with loads of crushed vanilla wafer cookies in every bite. As with Strawberries and Cream, we leave the egg yolks out of this recipe to allow the fruit flavor to shine through, and no eggs means you don’t have to cook the base.
At that point, Jackie wasn’t sure yet about the marriage part. What she was sure of, however, was that Brian could produce some amazing ice cream, cakes, and brownies. And that first summer, he did not disappoint. Every other night a communal feast with a specific theme would occur at a different family’s cabin, and Jackie’s family would enter a cabin with her mother’s four-and-a-half-hour Indian chicken dish and Brian’s Bananamon ice cream. Jackie’s mother couldn’t be any happier or prouder to have her future son-in-law following in her culinary footsteps. (Jackie’s mom’s cookies can be found in the recipe for Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace.)
Brian’s ice cream quickly became a highly anticipated staple. Jackie and Brian would brainstorm creative flavor ideas while relaxing on the lake. The afternoon would be spent churning the hand-crank ice cream maker on the porch of their cabin, recruiting anyone who happened to paddle or row past. Brian’s ice cream was a big hit, and so was he. Brian was invited back year after year, and he eventually became marriage material.
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