Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Death by Pie--Caramel Ice Cream Pie

I made this Caramel Ice Cream Pie for my crop last weekend, and I almost killed my Stampin' Up Consultant with it. You think I'm kidding?

I'm dead serious. Excuse the pun. You see, Melanie the Stampin' Up Queen is allergic to nuts and this pie has pecans. I knew about her allergy, so I was careful to withhold the pecans that get sprinkled on top. My plan was to just sprinkle them on the individual servings and skip them on hers. I'm so smart and all that.

Yeah. Until Melanie casually asked me about the crust. Then it hit me, "Oh crap! There are pecans in the crust!" I think Melanie must know to ask such questions, and I'm very thankful for that, believe me.

The funny thing is, when I was freaking out and telling her how sorry I was, she was so sweet and said "Oh, it's no problem. I just won't eat it. I don't die if I eat nuts, I just swell up and it's hard to breath because my throat swells too."

Well, guess what? That didn't make me feel any better because the last time I checked, we need oxygen to live and if we can't breathe we don't have oxygen. It's a pretty simple equation, really. So, nice try, Melanie, trying to make me feel better about almost killing you. From this point forward I shall call Melanie by her new name, Melanie-Who-I-Almost-Killed-With-Pie. Kind of catchy, isn't it?

Lucky for Melanie she didn't eat the deadly pie, and Peanut Head was out and about so he was able to pick up a chocolate cream pie. Chocolate makes everything better, don't you think?

So here's the deadly crust, just lurking about and waiting to wreak it's anaphylactic shock on unsuspecting passers by. Can you believe the audacity?

But it sure is yummy.

I like to use this, my little Mini Prep Cuisinart, for turning cookies into crumbs for pie crusts. I don't have a real grown-up food processor, but this little guy works just fine. The Barefoot Contessa gave me this too. She's so good to me.

Now, I should warn you, in case you go to make this pie, that the crust might give you some fits. Hang in there though, because it's worth it.

Just keep looking at this picture and chant "Keep your eye on the ball, keep your eye on the . . ." Er, I mean pie.

The part that gave me fits was not pushing the crust into the pie plate, but putting the ice cream down on top of the crust and having sections of it crumble. In fact, the first time I made this pie I said to myself "I'm never making this mess again! This crust blows." Or something like that.

But the neat thing is, when all the melty goodness of the ice cream settles and sets up, it glues the crust back together and the pieces come out of the pie plate in very tidy little wedges. Just like it's supposed to in our dreams. No lie.

So, as I mentioned, you're going to put ice cream on the pie crust. About half of your container of ice cream. Which reminds me, did you know that what used to be a half gallon of ice cream is now only a quart and a half?!! And it's the same price! We're getting cheated out of that other half a quart.

Anyway, I'm losing focus here. You're going to use half of that not half gallon of ice cream for the first layer, then you'll lay down three tablespoons of the decadent mocha sauce you're going to whip up while you're waiting for the ice cream to get all melty.

Then you're going to lay the rest of the ice cream down and you are not going to sample it. Right?

Yeah, whatever. So, when you're done unfolding and licking out the inside of the empty carton, you're going to drizzle another three tablespoons of mocha sauce willy nilly around the top of the ice cream pie. No need to be fancy, just let it fly.

Then stick the pie in the freezer to set up for at least four hours. Once it's set-up, you're going to rewarm the rest of the mocha sauce and whip up some whipped cream. You can pipe whipped cream around the pie, or just serve it with a blob of it, drizzle some warm mocha sauce on top, and sprinkle it with some pecans with deadly intent.


Here's your recipe card. Enjoy!


  1. Did I miss where you added the nutritional information to the recipe card? I mean no nutritional chart = no calories, right????

    Looks delishious! And deadly -in one way or another.... =D

  2. That looks wickedly wonderful! Glad you didn't include a calorie count. In this case, I suspect ignorance is bliss. = ) So glad your consultant managed to avoid certain death... ; )

  3. OMG- must try this, immediately! You always have the best recipes.

  4. OK - I think I might die if I don't get a piece of this pie! This looks amazing! I am putting this on my weekend "To Do"!

  5. Oh Jill!! You just made me laugh SO hard! I had to read your post to Steve and he laughed harder than I did. I love my new name... so creative, and long! Thank goodness chocolate makes everything better. And remember, I would not have died!! Just been unable to breathe... much. Anyway, I will still love you! You are the best! :D

  6. death by pie wouldn't be so bad.

  7. Jill you are awesome! I am so gonna get the biggest dang butt hanging out on your blog and getting all these yummy dessert ideas! But what can I do? You gotta live life right?!

  8. I'm sorry you almost killed your friend! Dang those 'duh moments'. Just when you think your being so smart and clever and wonderful - BAM - a Duh Moment comes along. I know. I suffer from at least one of these attacks a day. I mean Attack of the Duh Moments - not Pecans.

    If it makes you feel any better I a fed my youngest son scrambled eggs when he was about a year old and had to rush him to the hospital because he had a sever allergic reaction. Won't be doing that again!

  9. Yum. I'll have to try that for one of our family get togethers this summer.

  10. I did not even read your post. I saw that picture and scrolled right down to the comments so I could ask, "HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME AND MY WAISTLINE????"

    Thank goodness I only have another month or two to go on the diet. You are KILLING ME here....

  11. I have a daughter with nut allergies! It is hard to cook a really delicious desert without pecans! That sure looks good! I might have broke our no nut rule and snuck (is that a word?) a bite!

  12. Despite the near-death experience, it still looks really, really good:-)

  13. Oh man that looks like the MOST delicious pie ever!!!!! I'm so glad your friend asked you about the crust...

    I do the swelling up thing when I take an aspirin, so don't do that anymore. It took forever when I was young to figure out what I was allergic to and we FINALLY figured out it was aspirin!

  14. Oh my heavenly days!!!!!! STOP!!! No more pictures! I feel my diet crumbling before my eyes!!! THAT looks amazing!!!!!!

  15. Visiting from SITS.

    Those pictures are making my mouth absolutely water. Oh my gooooooooodness!

  16. Love the directions and your blog is adorable!

  17. OMG, that looks soooo good! All my favorite things!

  18. Jill...Once again I'm drooling all over my keyboard!! I'm a SU! Demo, too...like your friend Melanie, and I cannot wait until they release their new Digital Scrapbooking program so I can make recipe cards like yours!! Wish I could come to one of your crops, too! Have a great week! Erin Blair from www.stampwitherin.typepad.com

  19. Mmmmmmmmmmmm I'm "dying" for a slice of that yummy goodness right now! Love your blog!! Found you through SITS and wanted to stop in and say Welcome!! Glad I did! Yummmmmmmers!

  20. O my God that looks so ridiculously delicious!

  21. The only word I can come up with is YUM!