Mini Ice Cream Cake with Banana Creme Anglaise and strawberries is the perfect dessert; it’s so easy to make it can be devoured at any occasion!
Bring me a box of tissues friends, because my Minnesota heart doesn’t want to let summer go. My head knows it’s going to be warm here in the NC for quite a bit longer, but I can’t seem to stop begging fall to slow down just a little bit.
And I’m begging it the best way I know how – with ice cream cake.
Not just any ice cream cake – ice cream cake with BANANA CREME ANGLAISE! This creme anglaise makes me want to shout from the mountains – it’s creamy, it’s rich, it’s oh so decadent, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to creamy, chocolatey ice cream cake.
For those of who might not know, I used to teach in Baltimore – which would require a whole other blog in itself to tell you all about- but that’s not why I’m mentioning it. It’s because that means I lived in Baltimore, and got to explore all of the food-tastic places.
One of these places was The Food Market, in a little neighborhood called Hampden. Once upon a time The Food Market had an ice cream cake dessert that I almost passed up, which would have probably been one of the worst mistakes in my life. It was THAT GOOD. I am not even ashamed to admit that I may have eaten 3 in the course of 2 days (with the help of a couple others!).
So here I am recreating it many years later.
And I’m hopefully doing so in the simplest way possible for you. The first and MOST IMPORTANT step – get quality ice cream. All you need is a pint of HIGH QUALITY ice cream. Got that? Chocolate ice cream, too, because that’s what’s best with the banana creme anglaise.
Step two – gently pry the ice cream out of its container and roll in Oreo crumbs. Yessss, I said Oreos. I know, I know, I’m tryin’ to be all about real food, but let’s not forget that life is all about balance. And my favorite way is to balance things out is with Oreos. I mean c’moooon, who doesn’t love Oreos?!?
Step three-ish – freeze, make some delish banana anglaise, pour over sliced cake, add some strawberries, and voila! Share if you want, don’t if you don’t want – it is “mini” for a reason 😉
Oh – the strawberries – you must add some strawberries on top. Not only because strawberries are amazing, but they have this magical way of bringing out the chocolate and banana flavors, while bringing it all together with a refreshing, and tiny bit tart, finish. PERFECTION, FRIENDS!
Do you want to know what else I learned from this recreating experience? I learned that when you cut ice cream cake slices and try to manipulate them in whatever way you envision them to be – they don’t like to go. And they don’t like to be photographed. They like to melt. But they’re tasty – oh so very tasty- so it’s ok if they’re not so cooperative while photographing. You understand, don’t you?
Thanksssss. Now I highly recommend going to try your new favorite dessert. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!Print