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Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Makes: 10 servings
Prep 30 mins Chill 2 hrs Freeze 8 hrs to 24 hrs Bake 350°F 8 mins to 12 mins
Blueberry Ice Cream Pie
  • Almond-Brown Sugar Crust
  • 1 1/2  cups  slivered almonds
  • 2  tablespoons  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 3  tablespoons  unsalted butter, melted
  • Blueberry Sauce
  • 3  cups  blueberries, rinsed, well drained, and carefully picked over for damaged berries
  • 1/3  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  cornstarch
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1  teaspoon  grated lemon zest
  • 2  teaspoons  freshly squeezed lemon juice
  •  A few gratings of nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp.)
  • 1  tablespoon  water
  • Assemble and Serve
  • 1  quart  homemade or purchased vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4  cup  of the Blueberry Sauce, chilled
  • 1/2  cup  creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 1/2  cup  heavy cream
  • 1  tablespoon  sugar
  • 2  cups  fresh blueberries, rinsed, picked over, and well dried on paper towel-lined baking sheets
  •  Remaining Blueberry Sauce, heated

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In bowl of food processor fitted with a steel blade combine almonds, brown sugar, and salt. Pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer to bowl and stir in melted butter. Turn into 9-inch pie plate. With fingers press onto bottom and sides to form a firm, even layer.

2. Bake 8 to 12 minutes until lightly golden. "Don't overbrown or the crust will have an overpowering flavor," Scott says. Allow to completely cool on a rack. Transfer to freezer until ready to use (may be made up to a week in advance and frozen, tightly wrapped).

3. In large, wide, nonreactive skillet combine blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, and salt, stirring well with a spoon to distribute the sugar and cornstarch. Add zest, lemon juice, water, and a few gratings of fresh nutmeg; stir again to blend.

4. Cook and stir over medium heat until blueberries begin to pop, give off juice, and come to a full simmer. Simmer, stirring gently for 1 additional minute until sauce is lightly thickened and cornstarch is well cooked.

5. Set aside to cool; refrigerate sauce until completely chilled before proceeding. "Otherwise you'll wind up with a blueberry milk shake," Scott says.

6. Transfer ice cream to a mixing bowl and let stand in the refrigerator 30 minutes or until just softened.

7. Spoon half into prepared crust. Spread in even layer and top with the chilled blueberry sauce. Spoon on remaining ice cream and spread to edges.

8. Cover surface of ice cream with plastic wrap and freeze at least 8 hours or overnight until firmly set.

To serve::

9. In chilled mixing bowl, whisk creme fraiche, heavy cream, and sugar until just thickened to spreading consistency. Do not overbeat. "It is very easy to go from smooth to grainy," Scott says. Spread cream mixture over pie; top with blueberries. Serve with heated sauce on the side. Makes 10 servings.

Nutrition Facts (Blueberry Ice Cream Pie)
  • Servings Per Recipe 10,
  • cal. (kcal) 363,
  • Fat, total (g) 22,
  • chol. (mg) 53,
  • sat. fat (g) 10,
  • carb. (g) 39,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 8,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 4,
  • sugar (g) 31,
  • pro. (g) 6,
  • vit. A (IU) 486,
  • vit. C (mg) 8,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 16,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 200,
  • Potassium (mg) 289,
  • calcium (mg) 131,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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