Blueberry Ice Cream Pie


From the crust up, this amazing blueberry pie is like nothing you've tasted before. Sweet almonds, tangy creme fraiche, and bright lemon zest all lend their signature notes.

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Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Freeze Time:
8 hrs
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
10 hrs 38 mins


Almond-Brown Sugar Crust

  • 1 ½ cup slivered almonds

  • 2 tablespoon packed light brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Blueberry Sauce

  • 3 cup blueberries, rinsed, well drained, and carefully picked over for damaged berries

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 2 teaspoon 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

  • ¾ cup of the Blueberry Sauce, chilled

  • ½ cup crème fraîche or sour cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 cup 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:

  1. In chilled mixing bowl, whisk crème fraîche, 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 (per serving)

363 Calories
22g Fat
39g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 8.3mg 42%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 289mg 6%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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