Ice cream pie is one of my favorite frozen desserts to make for guests because it is so easy to put together. You just need a few ingredients and a little bit of time and you can have a unique, homemade dessert in your freezer. The best part is that you can make this dessert weeks in advance if you really want to. After all, it will just be sitting in the freezer until company comes.
1. Start with a crust.
A basic graham cracker crust is a great place to begin. You can also get more creative and add extra flavors. One of my favorite options is a gingersnap crust, because the spices of gingersnaps and graham crackers pair perfectly to make something that is spicy and unique without being too much
2. Add a layer of ice cream.
Soften your ice cream on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes before spreading it in the pie shell and it will be a much easier job. While you can use an offset spatula to spread the ice cream to the edge of the pie, any utensil will do. A knife does a perfectly good job at spreading filling.
3. Add special touches.
I like adding a layer of nuts, candy, or your favorite sauce in the middle of the pie. It gives a completely different texture and flavor, along with a little more fun. I like to stick the first layer into the freezer for 15 minutes before moving on to the next step. It will help the layers you have already done hold up so that the next layer of ice cream doesn’t move your filling too much.
4. Add more ice cream.
Another layer (or two) of ice cream gives you the chance to layer flavors. Pick two ice creams that have complimenting flavors and you will get beautiful layers when you cut into the pie. Start with the classics. Use layers of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry to make a Neapolitan ice cream pie. Add a layer of vanilla on top of something more intense to give it balance.
5. Decorate the top.
There are many ways to do this that are simple and beautiful. Sprinkle the top of the pie with toasted nuts or chopped candies. Drizzle it with melted chocolate. Wait until you are ready to serve and add some fresh whipped cream. The possibilities are endless.