Finally a little heat up in here! With warm weather finally arriving (and hopefully here to stay!) I tested out an ice cream pie for the holiday weekend. I’d been wanting to experiment with an ice cream pie for awhile and thought the classic combo of vanilla and orange would be a good way to start. As it turns out, ice cream pies are super easy so I think I’ll be playing with flavor combos all summer, however this Dreamsicle-style pie is a refreshing, cool dessert for any hot day.
Dreamsicle Ice Cream Pie
Ice Cream Pie Filling
1/2 pint french vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 pint orange sherbet, softened
8 oz organic heavy cream
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 bar dark chocolate, shaved or curled
Sugar Cookie Pie Crust
(crust from Baking Bites)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400. Beat together sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in flour and salt. Beat in milk and vanilla until mixture is crumbly. Butter or spray a glass pie pan with PAM. Press cookie dough into pan, using your fingers to work dough evenly up the sides and evenly across the bottom. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely. Meanwhile, let vanilla ice cream soften. Once semi-soft, use a spatula to spoon a layer of ice cream in about half way up the pie shell. Return to freezer until ice cream hardens, meanwhile softening sherbet. Repeat step with sherbet, smoothing directly on top of vanilla ice cream, and return to freezer until fully frozen.
In a small bowl, beat together heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form, about 3-5 minutes. Spread whipped cream on top of ice cream pie and top with chocolate shavings. Use a knife warmed under hot water to slice and serve.
NOTE: If you don’t grease the pie pan first, like me, it will be difficult to get the slices out cleanly. I think butter or a light dose of cooking spray would probably do the trick but can’t say for sure since I didn’t realize I needed it. If you know a good tip, please share!