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Banana Split with Milk Tart Ice-cream

Posted on July 30, 2014 by in desserts, rsg

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Banana Banana, believe it or not has never been my favorite fruit! Maybe it is because I was taught to believe that bananas are fattening!

Banana has too much sugar and you must eat it when it is almost mushy to get the optimum nutritional value from it and so it goes on and on and on! Yesterday, I went for my six-weekly hair expeditions ( by the way, we are now almost on 4- weekly treatments with the grey hair revealing my position on the wrong side of 50……ha-ha) and all everyone in the entire salon was talking about, was diets! As I listened to all the crazy diet ideas, I could not help but laugh at all the bizarre diets I have tried in my life! I started my diet roller-coaster ride on a the mayo-clinic diet, I don’t recall losing any weight but it did ruin my love for a poached egg. I rekindled that love only a few years ago when I had my first Eggs Benedict at my favorite spot in Cape Town – Hemelhuijs!


Then we were told that a tablespoon of Apple Cider vinegar before a meal, would “literally cancel out all kilojoules in the food you are about to consume” – What utter nonsense! Then the Atkins, then Weight watchers and later as an adult I joined Weighless and with all of them I lost weight initially. The minute the novelty was over, the cheating started and the weight came back with added interest! So when I turned 40, I decided, that’s it! No more diets, I will just be happy with myself!

I think the reason, Mr Noakes is doing so well, is because people do not feel deprived, they can literally eat the “forbidden fruit”. The fat that Mary Holroyd told you to remove from your lamb chop, you can now eat and it will actually help you! What joy! I just felt yesterday as I sat listening to all the “experts”, that talking about all these diets, eating habits and recipes are becoming a tad too much! Surely there are far more interesting and life-changing things to talk about.

One of the crazy diets we also tried was to drink a glass of milk and two bananas for every meal – I mean, who would not loose weight on this diet? Trust me, after a while I could not face another banana, let alone a glass of milk!  So today, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and just forget about all this craziness and just be grateful that we live in a country with such bounty that we do have so many choices. So with my tongue in my cheek, I am having milk and banana meal – in the form of a winter Banana Split with Milk Tart Ice-cream!


Banana Split with Milk Tart Ice-cream

Serves 4


4 bananas

40 ml golden syrup

4 knobs of butter

20 ml brandy


Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Use baking paper of about 20 x 30 cm and fold on half. Peel the banana and halve lengthwise, Place the banana, a knob of butter, some golden syrup and a splash of brand on one half of the paper and fold the other half over. Close the edges to form an envelope and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the other 3 parcels. Bake for 3-4 minutes and serve with the milk tart ice-cream

Milk Tart Ice-Cream

makes 1 liter


600 ml milk

5 ml fine cinnamon

2 ml fine nutmeg

6 egg yolks

160 g castor sugar

30 ml custard powder

400 ml cream

5 ml salt


Pour the milk, cinnamon and nutmeg in a pot and bring to almost boiling point. Turn the heat off and allow the milk to infuse. While this is happening, add 6 egg yolks, custard powder and the castor sugar to your mixer and beat until it form soft ribbons. Slowly add the hot milk to the egg mixture while the mixer is running. When it is completely mixed, add the milk/eg mixture to the pot and stir until it thickens. Add the cream and stir through. Pour the custard into a plastic container and allow to cool. when it has cooled down, place the container in the freezer and every half hour use a fork and break up th ice-crystals in the ice-cream. One it has frozen completely, place the container’s lid on and keep until needed!



Tomorrow  morning  just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be talking about all the craziness around diets!.I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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5 Responses to “Banana Split with Milk Tart Ice-cream”

  1. Natalie 1 August 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Nina, can I use an ice-cream machine with this recipe?

    • Nici 7 August 2014 at 6:48 pm #

      I made this in the ice cream machine.

  2. ruby bosch 1 August 2014 at 9:35 am #

    This looks like a super recipe! Just two quick, pedantics ‘critiques’. 1. The egg yolks are not on the list of ingredients and 2. When is the custard powder added (I am assuming with egg yolks and sugar).
    thank you so much for all your interest recipes – generates a lot of fun in our kitchen!

  3. Andre Brand 6 August 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Die resep lyk heerlik en jou fotos is pragtig – miskien moet jy ‘n werkswinkel oor kos fotografie aanbied! Dit lyk soos ‘n karamelsous op die foto – het jy dalk ‘n lekker resep daarvoor – my een is baie “temperamental” – te dik of te dun.

  4. Nici 7 August 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi Nina,
    I made the Milktart Ice cream for a dinner party and served it with flourless chocolate cake. Devine!!!! My hubby absolutely loves it and so did the guests. Have also made your pear and prosecco sorbet, yum.

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