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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chew on This | Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie

When was the last time you had an ice cream pie? 1976? 1981? 

Oh, yesterday. Okay then, see you later.

Wait. Not so fast. I don't know if your yanking my chain or not but I have a simple ice cream pie recipe that will be a perfect treat for St. Patty's Day!  It takes minutes to prepare and seconds to whip you back into the late 70's early 80's. 

I thought mint chocolate chip ice cream would be most appropriate to use. Why? Well, mint leaves are green. Green reminds me of Ireland. And St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow.

Let's first make our pie crust. Crush, until crumbly, some chocolate cookies using a food processor or a plastic bag and rolling pin. 

Pour melted butter into the crumbs and mix thoroughly.

Press the buttery crumbs into a pie plate and let set for about 10 minutes. While you're waiting for the crust to set a bit, take out your ice cream to soften.

Spoon your ice cream into the pie crust....

and spread ice cream evenly.  Cover with plastic wrap and place into the freezer for at least an hour.

While the pie is in the freezer get your chocolate sauce prepared. Dark chocolate and a splash of heavy cream warmed to a thick and creamy consistency. 

Pour the warm chocolate over the pie.  Warm meets cold - melty goodness!

I sprinkled some of the left over cookie crumbs on top, sliced a nice piece and went to town!
Cool mint chocolate, gooey warm dark chocolate and crunchy chocolate crust. Heaven!

Here's the recipe:
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie

2 C chocolate cookie crumbs (I used about 20-25 cookies and had some crumbs left over)
2 T melted butter
1 - 1 1/2 quarts mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
4-6 ounces dark chocolate
3 T heavy cream

Place chocolate cookies into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to make small crumbs. Pour in melted butter and pulse again to incorporate butter thoroughly.  Press crumbs into a pie plate and allow the crust to set for about 10-15 minutes.

Take ice cream out of the freezer and allow to soften.  When crust is ready, spoon ice cream into crust and spread it out evenly.  Cover the pie with plastic wrap and place back into the freezer to harden - about an hour.

While the pie is in the freezer, melt your chocolate with your heavy cream (in a double broiler on the stove top or in 30 second intervals in the microwave).  Stir until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Take your frozen pie and pour on your melted chocolate, use a knife to spread chocolate over the top. Sprinkle the melted chocolate with any remaining cookie crumbs. 

Run a knife under hot water to help you slice nice, clean pie wedges. Serve and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Mm mm good! Totally something I would love. Mint!
    Happy St. Patty's Day ladies.