Monday, February 14, 2011

Brandied Fig & Banana Milkshakes

I was skyping with one of my best gals, Manda, the other day when she told me about the most delicious milkshake she had at a local restaurant. She said - "it had figs and bananas in it and you must make it." I immediately thought BRANDY which her shake didn't have but we both agreed that yes, a liquored-up version might just be the best thing ever.

It should come as no surprise that I was right. I sucked down that first sip of shake and decided that brandy makes everything better. It reminded me a bit of a Brandy Alexander but was sweet with banana and slightly crunchy with the pureed tiny fig seeds. I love the hint of cinnamon which seems to marry the two fruits together and complements the strong vanilla flavor.

The recipe itself is a guideline. I think shakes are something that require a little tinkering based on personal preference. If you want your shake to be extra-thick so that the straw stands immobile in the middle then either add more ice cream or less milk. The brandy was perfect for my tastes but might be a touch strong for other people so don't add the full amount at first. Taste and decide.

As M and I sat slurping down our milkshakes BEFORE dinner (so naughty), I thought that they would make for a fun, unexpected end to a dinner party. The brandied figs would also make a splendid topping for a vanilla sundae along with some chopped nuts and chocolate sauce.

For 2 shakes:
  • 1/3 cup dried figs, stemmed
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 banana, cut into large chunks and frozen
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon for garnish
In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the figs, brandy and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick and put the brandy and figs in the refrigerator until cold.

In a blender, combine the figs with the brandy, ice cream, milk, and banana. Blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and sprinkle with the cinnamon.


Eric said...

Looks delicious!

Manda said...

If only I was there to sample your adult version. I didn't think I could love you more but that you made this based on my desire makes me adore you.

Scott Rohr said...

These sound fantastic!