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Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Homemade Chocolate Shell

It seems people were shocked by this post, which made me realize I really don’t tell you much about myself. I normally keep it about the food and I do that on purpose, but I thought I’d take a minute to share a few things about myself. Is this what dating feels like? I’m sort of nervous. naked ingredients


  1. I used to dance competitively. Mostly tap and pointe. Pointe was my true love. I still have my shoes. I will now find them and put them on. I’ll Instagram it. I’ll also Instagram the cast I’ll be wearing later.
  2. I was on a jump rope team in elementary school. I still love jumping rope. I once got offered a job as a jump rope instructor. True Story. I keep a jump rope in my car. It’s always a fun party trick. Kidding.
  3. My party trick is breakdancing. I have one move and if we’ve ever been at a party together where I’ve had more than one glass of wine and Footloose was played, you’ve seen it.
  4. I love cheesy, pun jokes. Laffy Taffy jokes. What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta. Those jokes. Just recently I hosted a baby shower and made donut favors with a sign that said “Please donut forget to take a treat.” I should just stop there. I’m embarrassing myself, aren’t I?base
  5. I have SUPER curly hair. I straighten it and then re-curl it with a curling iron. Makes complete sense. I know I have a curly-haired reader (that’s not my sister) that feels me here. It’s really not as crazy as it sounds.
  6. I have major OCD-like tendencies. We were just pricing out some kitchen renovations and the contractor actually commented on them. I mean, sure, I was straightening out his paper piles. Just let it happen. No need to comment.
  7. I HATE when people share that they (or their children) are sick on social media. It makes me think I’m going to get sick. I’m begging you… Please. STOP IT.did you lick your screen? i did.
  8. I also hate tucked in sheets. It makes me feel trapped and uncomfortable. If we ever have children, I will have a hard time swaddling them as it looks like my personal hell.
  9. My sweaters are put away in rainbow order. ROYGBIV, baby. So is my tissue paper. And my ribbon. See #6
  10. I wear headbands constantly. I have an embarrassing collection of them including a few sparkly ones. They’re as high fashion as I get.
  11. I really like training for things. I’ve run two marathons and probably close to 20 half marathons. I’ve raced two half marathons in one week before. It was a horrible, unhealthy decision. I don’t recommend it. I also was serious into boxing for a while and trained for a “fight” in the ring. Like wore headgear and threw punches at someone. Also a horrible decision. I don’t like hitting people. It didn’t go well.this ish is bananas
  12. I can not stay awake during movies. I watched 12 minutes of Argo and I was out. It could be a new record. The previous record was held by Thomas Crown Affair. It has nothing to do with the movie. I think I have narcolepsy. Someone probably tweeted they have narcolepsy. See #7
  13. When I get something in my head, I have to act on it instantly even if I know I should really wait to do it later. For example, I bought all the ingredients to attempt to make a grasshopper pie to share this week for St. Patrick’s day, but instead I found myself consumed with thoughts of peanut butter ice cream. And then this happened. I’m not sorry.

close up for the magic shell hardness

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Homemade Chocolate Shell and Bruleed Bananas 


For the ice cream:
2 cups cream
1/2 cup honey
4 egg yolks
1 cup half and half
1 cup of PB (I used homemade)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate shell:
1 cup  (about 8 ounces) milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil

For the bruleed bananas:
1 banana
1 tablespoon sugar (I used sugar in the raw)


For the ice cream:

  1. Heat the cream and honey over medium heat, stirring until honey is dissolved and the  cream is heated through.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the four yolks. Using a ladle, slowly pour about 1/2 a cup of heated cream into the yolks while whisking. Once combined, slowly whisk the egg mixture back into the pot with the cream (I know this seems like an added step but it’s necessary to keep the eggs from cooking).
  3. Stir while the mixture thickens. It should coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Once thick, push through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Let cool just a bit.
  5. In a blender, add the thickened cream mixture, the half and half, peanut butter, salt and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Pour into a freezer safe container and place in the freezer to cool. Be sure to check on the mixture and stir occasionally so it doesn’t freeze completely. If you have more patience than I do, you can just put this in your refrigerator for a few hours until completely chilled (or overnight).
  6. Once completely chilled, churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturers directions.

For the chocolate shell:

  1. In a microwave save bowl, melt the chocolate chips for about 1 minute, stirring after each 20 seconds until completely melted.
  2. When the chocolate is melted and warm, add in the coconut oil (it should be solid). Stir. The oil will melt into the chocolate and the mixture should become shiny.
  3. At room temperature this will be liquid. When it hits the ice cream and cools, it will harden.

For the bruleed bananas:

  1. Chop the banana and toss it in about 1 tablespoon of sugar. I used a blow torch to caramelize the sugar. You can broil on a cookie sheet, just watch closely until brown.



  1. You’ll probably have extra chocolate sauce. Just store in the refrigerator and reheat when you want to use it again.
  2. I used homemade peanut butter. I just put peanuts in my food processor, like this. You may want to adjust the salt in this recipe depending on how salty your PB is. My PB was not very salty at all.
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Posted on March 13, 2013

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