Wow! Remember the first time you learned that a cake could be made from ice cream? I don’t, but I do remember that after the option came available, I couldn’t understand why anyone would possibly choose a regular baked cake over one made from ice cream. Of course, later it occurred to me this has possibly been because one is much more simple to transport and store at a picnic.
Then, we find out they make pies from ice cream too. Come on, now! Is there nothing that ice cream won’t do for us? Of course, no one ever thinks to try to make their own ice cream cake or pie because most of us can’t or don’t want to make ice cream. And if you can’t make ice cream, then you obviously can’t make ice cream pie or cake, right? Wrong. My Dad’s been making them for years.
My Father has always been the king of “least effort for maximum results” when it comes to food preparation. He specialized in grilling chicken and steaks, of course, but there was also the toaster oven pita pizza, and “hobo pies” when camping. The other thing that came about from his talents was also ice cream pies, sans making ice cream. “But, how on earth is that possible?” you’re asking yourself. Right? Please just say “yes.” It will make things a whole lot less awkward on my end.
Ice cream pies are easy, kind of like making a sandwich. In fact, the hardest part is figuring out what kind of ice cream to buy and what kind of pie crust would make it better. For National Ice Cream Pie Day, I combined standard chocolate, New Orleans Praline, threw in a nice handfull of broken pecan cookies a la Marble Slab style, and put them all in some mini-Keebler graham cracker pie crusts. It’s best to let the ice cream soften a little before you put it in the crust, especially when you’re using a full size crust. This allows you to spread the ice cream together better and more evenly.
The mini-pie concept is great, kind of like personal pizzas. I’ve brought these to company pot lucks, actually. You can store the ingredients in the office refrigerator/freezer and whip it up in your office. One time I made chocolate peanut butter pies by combining chocolate ice cream and 4-5 tablespoons of Jiffy in an Oreo pie crust. Among deviled eggs and casseroles, I was a genius that day my friends.
See you Sunday for National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day!