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Banana Split Bacon Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
- 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream

Special equipment needed:
- Ice cream maker
- Blender

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a blender, puree the sliced bananas until smooth.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, whole milk, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until the sugar has dissolved.

3. Add the banana puree to the milk mixture and stir until well combined.

4. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions.

5. When the ice cream is almost done churning, add the chopped bacon and continue to churn until the bacon is evenly distributed.

6. Transfer the ice cream to a container and freeze for at least 2 hours.

7. In a small bowl, mix together the chopped strawberries, pineapple, and walnuts.

8. To serve, scoop the ice cream into bowls and top with the fruit and nut mixture.

9. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and add a dollop of whipped cream.

- Time:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Cooking time: 30 minutes
- Freezing time: 2 hours
- Churn according to the manufacturer's instructions
- Freeze at 0°F (-18°C) or below
Serving size:
- Makes approximately 1 quart

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 350 per serving
- Fat: 22g
- Carbohydrates: 34g
- Protein: 7g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Instead of heavy cream, you can use half-and-half or whole milk.
- Instead of granulated sugar, you can use honey or maple syrup.
- Instead of bacon, you can use chopped nuts or chocolate chips.

- Add different fruits and nuts to the ice cream, such as cherries, blueberries, or almonds.
- Use different flavors of ice cream, such as chocolate or vanilla.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the bananas are ripe for the best flavor.
- Cook the bacon until crispy before chopping it.
- Freeze the fruit and nut mixture for a few minutes before serving to make it extra cold.

Storage instructions:
- Store the ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week.

Reheating instructions:
- Allow the ice cream to soften at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the ice cream in a banana split dish for a classic look.
- Top with a cherry for a finishing touch.

- Chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream
- Chopped nuts
- Maraschino cherry

- Serve with a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot coffee.

Suggested side dishes:
- Fresh fruit salad
- Grilled pineapple

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the ice cream is too soft, freeze it for a few more hours.
- If the ice cream is too hard, let it soften at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the bacon thoroughly before using it in the recipe.
- Store the ice cream at 0°F (-18°C) or below to prevent bacterial growth.

Food history:
- The banana split was invented in 1904 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania by a pharmacist named David Strickler.

Flavor profiles:
- Sweet, creamy, and salty with a hint of smokiness from the bacon.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve as a dessert after a summer barbecue or as a fun treat for a birthday party.

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Taste: Sweet, Salty, Creamy, Fruity, Decadent