Banana Cajeta Ice Cream

January  1, 2014
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Creamy banana ice cream swirled with sweet homemade Mexican cajeta. —Riley Wofford

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: Riley Wofford is a news buff from Dallas who is heading to culinary school in New York in July.
WHAT: A lush goat milk ice cream flavored with banana and swirled with a sweet, caramelized syrup.
HOW: Make a custard of goat milk, sugar, and egg yolks, add cream and banana, chill, then churn in an ice cream maker. Simmer more goat milk with sugar and cinnamon until thick and caramelized, then layer it with the ice cream. Scoop generously.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We often find ourselves picking through ice cream to get to the good parts (that is, the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces). In this case, the sweet caramel syrup is laced throughout the frozen custard, making every bite as delicious as the next. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • Cajeta
  • 3 cups goat milk
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Ice Cream
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup goat milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Cajeta
  2. Combine the milk, sugar, cinnamon stick, and vanilla extract in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Dissolve the baking soda in the water and add to the milk mixture. Once the foam subsides, place the pan over medium-low heat and stir in the salt. Cook for about 45 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce thickens and turns a deep amber color. Pour the sauce into a clean bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  1. Ice Cream
  2. Pour the cream into a large bowl and place over an ice bath. Place a fine mesh sieve over the bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl. Meanwhile, combine the milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then remove from the heat. Slowly add the warm milk mixture to the egg yolks, whisking until well combined. Transfer the mixture back to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Strain the custard through the sieve and into the heavy cream. Stir for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is cool.
  4. Place the bananas in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. Stir the bananas and vanilla extract into the ice cream custard. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  5. Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Layer the ice cream in an airtight container, alternating the ice cream with the cajeta. Freeze for about 3 hours, until firm.

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11 Reviews

Sarah May 16, 2021
This was very good. I already had a jar of cajeta that I wanted to use, so skipped the first half of the recipe. This made a VERY rich custard. Next time, I might use 4 eggs rather than 5, as 5 seemed a bit too much for the volume of liquid called for; as a result of how dense the base was after chilling overnight, my ice cream maker had a hard time churning, and the initial freeze was a bit uneven. Nonetheless, the majority of it turned out VERY smooth and rich, and the banana flavor was wonderful. I also threw a cinnamon stick into the milk/egg base as it cooked, which was a subtle and nice addition.
Christian March 30, 2018
The Cajeta part, is it correct -- that it needs 3 cups of goat milk? It's bit too much.
Ali S. October 13, 2015
Would this ice cream work without the bananas?
plotto May 13, 2023
Yes. It just won’t be banana flavored ice cream.
NoONE October 11, 2014
You say to "place over an ice bath". Do you mean place it in the ice bath?
alia June 29, 2014
faye June 25, 2014
looks delicious
za'atar June 24, 2014
I had some milk that was about to expire and 20 over-ripe bananas on the counter so this was the recipe for me! Tastes just fine with cow's milk, though I would imagine the goat's milk would give the flavor more dimension. The cajeta is excellent but next time I won't make quite as much unless I plan to use it in another recipe. Great dessert!
walkie74 June 23, 2014
I know the point is to use goat's milk, but will cow's milk work too?
Riley W. June 24, 2014
It'll work, but you get a thicker, creamier texture with the goats milk.
CookingIsLikeLove June 23, 2014
Makes me wish I liked bananas! :D