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