Rum & Raisin Ice Cream with Banana Bread Chunks

The old school ice cream flavours are the best. Mint choc chip, raspberry ripple, tutti frutti. I have a particularly soft spot for rum and raisin though, probably because it contains BOOZE. Flavours like R & R are rarely seen in the shops nowadays, bullied off the shelves by the likes of that total whorebag ‘chocolate fudge brownie’ and tacky slapper ‘cherry garcia’.

I had to make some proper rum and raisin at home and I had to make it gooood. I started by looking into rum. Spiced rum. I’ve never really been much of a rum drinker to be honest so I asked around and Kraken seemed popular with those in the know. The bottle is also pretty damn cool…

So it tastes like er, spiced rum; cloves, allspice, bit of cinnamon. It also has quite a strong caramel flavour which I find rather unpleasant to drink but which works well in ice cream. I thought I’d added too much in the first batch but actually the flavour rounded out after a couple of days and I decided to stick with it. I wanted as much rum in the mix as possible, basically. What I did do the first time however was add too many raisins. I told my friend about this and he just tutted loudly and said ‘huh, classic mistake’ in a disdainful manner. He was right of course, which is what made it so annoying.

Anyway, I made another batch and it kicked ass so, HA. What really makes this ice cream the shiz however is the banana bread chunks. I was gifted a piece of banana bread by my mates who were basically trying to offload all the food in their cupboard before going on holiday. On a whim I broke it up, chucked it in the ice cream maker and churned it very briefly in the hope it would somewhat resemble cookie dough in texture, rather than disintegrate into a thousand bits of grit. As it turned out my recklessness (I really know how to live) was rewarded with lovely gooey squidgy pieces.

I’ve been knocking back bowls of this but I’ve still got loads left and I’m wondering what to do with it. Ice cream sandwiches with wafers are definitely on the cards and I spent a good half an hour on the 185 to Catford contemplating the idea of wrapping banana bread around the outside to make a kind of pimped arctic roll. I want to spend my days playing around with custard, booze and fruit, basically. I think that’s an entirely reasonable use of my time.

Rum and Raisin Ice Cream with Banana Bread Chunks

150ml Kraken spiced black rum
75g raisins
8 egg yolks (yep)
200g caster sugar
400ml full fat milk
400ml double cream
1 piece orange peel
150g banana bread
A pinch of salt

Put the raisins in a small pan with the rum and warm them through gently. Set them aside in a bowl to let them get on with plumping up.

Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. In a saucepan bring the milk, salt and orange peel almost to the boil. Don’t let it actually boil. Pour this on to the egg yolks, whisking really well at the same time.

Return this mixture to the heat. Add the cream, rum and the raisins. Cook this over a low heat, stirring gently and scraping the bottom of the pan. Keep the heat low and remain patient until the custard begins to thicken. It is ready when the custard coats the back of a spoon. This happens at 80C. With hindsight, it might be easier to separate the rum and raisins and add the raisins towards the end of churning, particularly if you are not familiar with making custard as the raisins make it harder to judge when it is starting to thicken.

Set the custard aside in a bowl and cover it to stop a skin forming. Let this cool completely then ideally refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Discard the orange zest.

Churn in an ice cream maker. Towards the end of churning, add the banana bread chunks, mix very briefly, then freeze.

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30 Responses to “Rum & Raisin Ice Cream with Banana Bread Chunks”

  1. chloe

    The banana bread is stroke of absolute genius. Oh, and DEEP FRY IT.

  2. Helen

    ha ha ha ha ha ha how did I know you were going to suggest that?

  3. Shu Han

    everything about this sounds just perfect. ice cream, the rum, not just banana but banana bread chunks. arghhh torture.

  4. Helen

    he he, glad you like the sound of it, sorry to have tortured…. (not really)

  5. Lizzie

    I don’t like bananas but for some reason I bloody love banana bread. It sounds like the perfect addition to something rummy. Mmmm rum.

  6. Helen

    SAME. Nothing worse than a really ripe banana! Sick (in a bad way)

  7. Russ

    Another winner! On the subject of combining fruit, booze & ice cream I was just reading about some Belgian place in NYC that uses Lindemans Framboise in their Raspberry flavour. Interesting…

  8. Helen

    Booze and ice cream is the bomb. I also make a mean margarita sorbet which I should get around to posting.

  9. Gene

    I like chunks of cake folded into ice cream! It’s a nice textural contrast to the ice cream itself and booze, well, it always adds something to the party, doesn’t it?

  10. Ed


    You know it’s finally summer when the polka dot table cloth comes out … ;)

  11. Helen

    Yes, particularly my parties

  12. Helen

    Ha ha! Yeah, you can see I couldn’t be arsed ironing it though

  13. Luke


    Sorry, overexcited there.

  14. Helen

    oh my goodness me OKAY I WILL I WILL I WILL!!

  15. Kavey

    I adore rum raisin! I add booze to most of my ice creams as way to keep them soft scoop. I’ve made xmas pudding and brandy ice cream which sort of reminded me of rum raisin. But not rum raisin. Hmmmm.

  16. Helen

    mmm that sounds a bit nice actually. I’m dying to do a malt loaf one…

  17. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    What a creation……love it. Now I know what to do with any leftover banana bread which I often make. Wow :))

  18. adam and theresa

    Hi Helen, sounds great. Would you object if I veganized this? hahaha..

    forgot to say how much I liked your last post on the roti-crawl too. You’re too funny and you know it ;)

  19. Helen

    veganised? Nah sure knock yourself out AHEM. Glad you enjoy the blog :)

  20. Donald Edwards

    If you put some on your balcony on a windy day then it might blow chunks onto your patio doors..

  21. L'atelier des Chefs

    If someone who does not usually fancy rum loves this, I think someone who fancies rum terribly such as myself will find this wholly enjoyable. And this is just perfect especially now that it’s all sunny (crossing fingers). This is a winner.

  22. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    I LOVE Kraken rum! Also I never liked rum raisin as a kid, but with my 21+ palate now I think I just might…

  23. Food Urchin

    Do you use one of those ‘put the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours’ jobbies to make your ice cream?

    I do but mine is crap.

    Lovely recipe.

  24. Helen

    Yesh! The one I have though is very good. Ummm what is it called…oh Cuisinart something or other. I’ll find out and let you know. It’s got like, 3 parts and it’s proper solid and shit!

  25. Maunika

    Love rum and raisin ice cream!! I dont really like bananas but just the idea of banana bread sounds amazing. Also a huge fan of spiced rum Helen. My fav has to be Indian rum Old Monk also a mauritian rum called Green Island both amazing in desserts (and to drink!) M x

  26. Helen

    OOh I will check them out – I know next to nothing about rum as I said. Thanks M x

  27. Kim Bee

    This looks so good. I love ice cream WAY too much.

  28. Helen

    You and me both!

  29. Favourite Table

    Love rum and raisin ice cream it was incredible, as were the amuse-bouche offered by the waiter. I loved loved my hanger steak entree and pomegranate drink (The Explosivo).

  30. Donna Egan

    I love the idea of the rum raisin with banana bread chunks. I made ice cream sandwiches with banana bread and chocolate ice cream, marshmallows and nuts. Less sophisticated than your version, but also yummy!

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