This past week we celebrated the birthday of my babies. Yes, that’s correct, TWO babies. Sixteen years ago, I gave birth to twins and my life has never been the same. This year we tried something new; each boy got his own day to celebrate. That meant that each one picked out his favorite birthday meal and each one picked out his favorite birthday cake. I wasn’t surprised that both wanted pizza for dinner. I was a little surprised, however, that they both wanted ice cream pie for their birthday cake.
Ice cream pie is one of the easiest birthday cake treats on the planet. The pies went together in about five minutes and were a great success.
Here’s how you do this:
Start with a graham cracker crust. You can make one if you want to, but we usually just buy the premade crusts in the baking aisle. This year, both boys wanted chocolate cookie crumb crusts, so that’s what we got.
Then each boy picked out his favorite flavor of ice cream. I’ll tell you right now, I didn’t get pictures of Jon’s pie. It was gobbled up too quickly for that. I wish I could show you a photo of it because it was simply beautiful.
Sometime during the afternoon before the birthday celebration, take the container of ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften on the counter for about 15 minutes. You don’t want it to get soupy, but if it’s too hard, it will just demolish the cookie crust when you try to assemble the pie.
After the ice cream is thoroughly softened, spoon it into the crust. Jon chose raspberry sorbet for his favorite flavor. I topped that with frozen raspberries and stuck the whole thing back into the freezer.
Michael chose mint chocolate chip for his ice cream flavor. That one went back into the freezer without any toppings until later.
About 15 minutes before serving, take the ice cream pie out. Top with whipped cream and any sauces you want. I made fudge sauce to put on top of Michael’s mint chocolate chip pie along with the whipping cream.
Now, if you want to be a purist or you have extremely strict dietary concerns, you can make all the different components of this tasty dessert from scratch. The cookie crumb crust is quick and easy in the food processor. You can make homemade ice cream easily enough. Whipping cream is no biggie. Homemade fudge sauce is the only way to fly.
Part of the charm of this dessert is that it is a VERY special dessert in our house and it’s so fast and easy to make. Like I mentioned, I bought the crusts and the ice cream. I did make the fudge sauce, simply because I like my own fudge sauce recipe best. I bought a can of whipping cream to squirt on the top of the pie. Voila! A beautiful dessert that just feels incredibly special.
My personal favorite when it comes to combinations on ice cream pie is chocolate cookie crust with coffee ice cream and fudge sauce. Homemade caramel sauce is also a great ingredient to use in an ice cream pie.