EAT | Mixed Berry Ice Cream Pie
Our next stop on the runaway train that is Ice Cream Month, is the city of Pie Town. Now I know a lot of you out there will be we acquainted with Pie Town in the form of its’s flaky pastry, fruit filled exports like the all American apple pie. But today I’m going to introduce you to its little known cousin; Ice cream pie.
Similar to cheesecake, this little guy has a sugary cookie crust encasing its cream insides. Add in some mixed berries that, when combined with vanilla ice cream, give the pie that sweetness and tart you didn’t realise you’d been craving. This is ice cream for grown ups people. Your friends are going to suspect that you are perhaps secretly a chef in you spare time, after you whip this one out at parties. (Do people whip out desserts at parties? Maybe I have the wrong idea about what happens at parties… or maybe the parties I’m attending are totally awesome!)
Of course if berries aren’t really your wheelhouse, you can substitute them for other ingredients, but we’ll get back to that tomorrow with a slight variation on this recipe. For now, sit back and revel in the knowledge that you only need a few simple ingredients to make something oh-so amazing.
1 packet of Nice Biscuits1 cup of butter
1/3 cup of sugar
1 pint of vanilla ice cream
1 packet of frozen mixed berries
1. Place the biscuits in a food processor and blitz until reduced to crumbs. Transfer to a bowl to a large mixing bowl. Along with the sugar (you can omit the sugar if you prefer).
2. Melt the butter and allow to cool slightly before using. Add gradually to the crumb mixture, mixing as you go until the mixture starts to clump together. (you may not need all the butter)
3. Press the mixture evenly into a pie or tart tin, pushing up at the sides and smoothing the bottom. The mixture should come together as you press down. Place in the freezer to set for 30 - 40 minutes.
4. Meanwhile allow the vanilla ice cream to soften in a large bowl. Place the 3/4 of the frozen berries in a food processor and pulse a few times to break down into smaller pieces.
5. Mix the berries (and any juices) into the softened ice cream. If you are feeling it, add in some finely chopped chocolate as well.
6. Remove the crust from the freezer and fill with the ice cream and berries. Ensure that the crust is completely filled and smooth down the top. Wrap in plastic wrap and return to the freezer for at least an hour.
7. To serve, remove the pie from the freezer and allow to sit on the bench to soften slightly before cutting into slices. Top with the remaining frozen berries and dusted with icing sugar if you so desire.