Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Makes about 8 servingsCrust
1.5 cups crushed cinnamon-sugar graham crackers, about 12 whole graham crackers
4 Tbsp melted butter
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup canned pumpkin purée
Assorted dried fruit for jack-'o-lantern face (e.g., figs, papaya and dates cut into triangles for the eyes and nose and into squares for the teeth)
Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie Directions
Assemble ingredients and equipment.
Prepare the crust
In a 9-inch pie plate, mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Using your fingers, crumble the mixture until the butter is evenly distributed. Then press it around the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate.
Bake crust in preheated oven for five (5) minutes; then, cool completely.
Prepare the filling
Remove ice cream from freezer and let sit at room temperature for fifteen (15) minutes. Then, spoon it into a large mixing bowl, breaking apart any large pieces.
In a second bowl, combine the sugar, spices, and pumpkin purée; stir well. Add pumpkin purée mixture to the ice cream and mash until it is evenly distributed throughout the ice cream.
Assemble pie and freeze overnight
Spoon (or pour) the pumpkin ice cream into the cooled crust. Cover pie with plastic wrap and then, either place in a one-gallon freezer bag or wrap tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Garnish and serve
Let the pie sit at room temperature for ten (10) minutes before slicing and serving.
If desired before serving, decorate the pie with an assortment of dried fruit to create a colorful jack-o'-lantern face (sample photo below). Cut figs, dried papaya, and dates into triangles for the eyes and nose and into squares for the teeth.
Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie Notes
- When ice cream's small ice crystals melt and re-freeze, they can eventually turn into large, unpalatable lumps. To minimize formation of ice-crystals,don't leave the ice cream out of the freezer any longer than necessary.
- According to the International Dairy Foods Association, don't store ice cream alongside uncovered foods because odors may penetrate ice cream and affect its flavor.
- Check your freezer temperature. Ice cream is best stored at home at a temperature between -5°F and 0°F.
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