Bangla-dash Ice Cream

"I bought an ice cream maker!" I told my old friend on the phone.

"Oh, honey, don't you remember what happened to the last one?" she asked.

"N-no," I said.

"You put it on the curb, because..."

"I was making too much ice cream," I said, suddenly remembering.

And so this summer, I've been making too much ice cream again, and loving it! My fave so far was this one, adapted from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein, with Bangla-dash instead of cinnamon.

What’s that? “Sounds weird”? Have we met? It’s totally is…and delicious. Bangla-dash goes great in sweet and savory dishes. I also threw in some crushed cashew brittle—about 1/2 a cup—during the last two minutes of churning.

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And don’t forget a handful of crushed nut brittle at the end. How about spicy nut brittle? Heck yes! Go nuts!

And don’t forget a handful of crushed nut brittle at the end. How about spicy nut brittle? Heck yes! Go nuts!

Rachel's Third Place State Fair Banana Chocolate Chunk Bread and Spread*

For the Bread*
3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup (75 grams) melted salted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
½ cup semisweet chocolate chunks
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla
1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons Iowa Nice Spice
1 1/2 cups (190 grams) flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed
bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the Iowa Nice Spice, egg, vanilla and
bourbon, then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture
and mix in. Add the flour, mix. Fold in chocolate chunks. Pour mixture into a
buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester
comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
*Adapted from Deb Perelman

For the Spread
Makes 1 pint
½ cup butter
½ cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
¼ cup honey
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter; add cocoa, vanilla, peanut butter, and honey. Stir until smooth.

Saltlickers note: Roxy Taco or Bangla-dash would be delicious in that spread.

Not Rachel's actual banana bread.

Not Rachel's actual banana bread.