SUMMER CLASSICS SERIES: ICE CREAM PIE

This is totally one of those blog posts I would read & think “Come on!  Does she really think this counts as a recipe?  Who are we kidding here?”

I know.  It isn’t a recipe, more like a great idea.  Everyone loves ice cream, but scooping sundaes for a crowd can be kind-of a pain.  Instead, take good-quality ice cream (perhaps some you just made yourself?), soften it a bit, mix in nuts or chocolate or fruit or candy, spread that into the cookie shell you just made, and freeze the whole thing up.

ice cream pie

An hour later, you’ve got a simple, satisfying, & adaptable dessert, perfect for this hot, hot August.

Since this is sort of a slacker blog post, I’m going to throw in a little something extra here: our first Blue Jean Gourmet Mix.  Hope you enjoy these summer kitchen tunes as much as we do.

ICE CREAM PIE

The possibilities are really quite endless here; you can tailor to a sophisticated, adult palate, a gooier, kid-friendly palate, or somewhere in-between:

a)    chocolate cookie crust, chocolate ice cream, peppermint candies
b)    gingersnap crust, vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit
c)    vanilla wafer crust, banana ice cream, peanut butter cups
d)    graham cracker crust, Neapolitan ice cream, mini marshmallows

For this pie, I made an Oreo crust, coffee ice cream, & mixed in toasted almonds & chunks of semi-sweet chocolate.  To top it all off, homemade whipped cream & a few chocolate-covered espresso beans.  There were several “Whoah, I don’t know if I can finish this” remarks followed by clean plates.

To make the crust, I used a food processor to make crumbs of the Oreos & a few tablespoons of butter, then pressed the crumbs into a pie pan.  The whole thing went into the freezer for a while before I added in the ice cream filling.

Once you’ve filled the pie, be sure to cover it well to prevent freezer burn.  Take out at least 5 minutes before you’re planning to serve, so it can thaw a little, making your life easier when it comes time to cut wedges.

LATE SUMMER KITCHEN MIX (turntable links to iTunes)

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We Used to Be Friends – The Dandy Warhols
Spiralling – Keane
We’re an American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
Rosanna – Toto
Believe in Me – Emily White
Woodstock – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Girls in Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen
Manhattan – Kings of Leon
Mr. Brownstone – Guns N’ Roses
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
Freeway of Love – Aretha Franklin
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
Miss Ferguson – Cory Branan
Abigail – Courtney Robbins
Cheated Hearts – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Overweight – Blue October
14th Street – Rufus Wainwright

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7 responses to “SUMMER CLASSICS SERIES: ICE CREAM PIE

  1. If it makes you feel better, I don’t care who ‘made’ it. Awesome idea and now my mouth is literally salivating from that picture.

  2. hi thanks for share,i always came to visit ur Blog:)

  3. I love both the dessert AND the mix! I have a long day of cooking for a dinner party ahead of me tomorrow, and will no doubt be searching for music to keep me company – your mix will definitely fill the need.
    So thanks for the company, in advance, as well as for the excellent dessert I will no doubt be making next weekend.

  4. This brings back memories. We used to make this with the Oreo crust, chocolate mint chip and a layer of good hot fudge (and well, whipped cream on top of that). We called it “Mary’s Dessert” because my sister Mary would be the one to make it. Thanks for sharing your versions! It has been years (at least 15??), but now that I have kids of my own it is time to bring this one back. Not that my kids don’t get “pie”…living in the home of a pie maker these guys eat pie everyday!

  5. Another thing that is great about your ideas here: most of the guests at a party would assume that you slaved over something like this, not realizing, perhaps, how simple it is to put together. Because, let’s face it, a majority of the people out there simply appreciate any and all effort made to feed them, without much concern for what goes into the process! So you’ll look like a genius with a dessert as wonderful and fun as this. 🙂

    Best,
    Casey
    Editor
    http://www.tastestopping.wordpress.com

    • bluejeangourmet

      thanks, Joh! hope you enjoyed the mix.

      Carrie, I appreciate you stopping by & taking the time to comment–I love hearing family stories/memories like yours. Looking at all of your pies has made me very hungry!

      Casey, you’re right! It’s totally a “sleeper” dessert.

  6. I made 2 pies for my dinner group last night. This is a group of fun, irreverant but very high level foodies! Well these were a hit! I made a chocolate cookie crust with coffee ice cream with dark chocolate hunks and a ginger crisp crust with vanilla ice cream with mixed berry’s. Yummm meeee for sure. Thanks what a great idea!

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