As summer approaches (anyone living in New York City knows that spring never comes), I look forward to creating some one-of-a-kind tasty treats for the warmer weather. And although I could eat ice cream any time of the year, that first ring-a-ling of the Mr. Softee truck always makes me especially happy.

I’ve become a foodie as of late, happily whipping up complex cakes and cookies, all for a taste of something new, so adding ice cream to my list of cooking activities will hopefully make me into a celebrated kitchen queen. The recipe below is from an older post from David Lebovitz’s website, and I plan to indulge this weekend…

Chocolate and Banana Ice Cream

Four to six scoops

From Ready for Dessert (Ten Speed) by David Lebovitz

This is the world’s easiest ice cream. It takes literally a minute to put together—since it’s winter, I simply set the bowl of chocolate and milk on the radiator, and while I leisurely and lovingly take the time to peel the banana, the chocolate melts and is soon ready to use.

You can easily increase this recipe to make more than it calls for. I haven’t tried it with any other liquor, but for those of you who want to experiment, you do need to include a similar amount and percentage of alcohol to prevent the ice cream from freezing too hard. The banana gives the ice cream a smooth, creamy consistency and provides the sweetness, so use a nice, ripe one.

I found that this keeps for weeks in the freezer and maintains it’s absolutely perfect consistency. Cheers!

2 ounces (55 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

6 tablespoons (80 ml) milk, whole or low-fat

6 tablespoons (80 ml) Baileys liquor

1 medium-sized ripe banana, peeled*, and cut into chunks

1 tablespoon (15 ml) dark rum

1. In a small bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in the microwave), melt the chocolate with the milk.

2. Blend the melted chocolate the Baileys, the banana, and rum until smooth.

3. Pour into a plastic or metal container, cover, and freeze for at least 4 hours.