Cherry Pie a la Mode Ice Cream
This amazing ice cream is flecked with small squares of cinnamon-sugar-dusted fried pie crust and dots of cherry pie filling suspended in an almond-vanilla custard base. The few extra steps are well worth the results!
- Serves: 2 persons
- ⅛teaspoon salt
- 2cups heavy whipping cream
- 2cups half-and-half
- ¾cup white sugar
- ¼teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2teaspoons almond extract
- ½batch pie crust
- ¼cup white sugar
- ½teaspoon ground cinnamon
- vegetable oil for frying
- 1(21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
Step 1Whisk eggs and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Step 2Heat heavy cream, half-and-half, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and cream just starts to bubble. Remove from heat.
Step 3Whisk 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the eggs in a slow stream. Whisk the egg mixture into the remaining cream mixture in the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture just coats the back of a spoon and reaches 175 degrees F (90 degrees C), about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla and almond extracts.
Step 4Let cool completely, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Chill ice cream base, covered, 8 hours to overnight. Meanwhile, prepare pie crust squares and cherry pie filling.
Step 5Roll pie crust to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 2-inch squares. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
Step 6Heat oil in a frying pan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry pie crust squares until cooked through and beginning to turn golden. Remove squares from the oil with a slotted spoon or spatula, shaking lightly to discard excess oil, and transfer to bowl of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Stir to coat.
Step 7Transfer coated pie crust squares to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Store in an airtight container until ready to churn ice cream.
Step 8Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Spread cherry pie filling in a single layer and freeze until ready to churn ice cream.
Step 9Freeze base in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, about 20 minutes. Add pie crust pieces and dollops of frozen pie filling, broken off with a spoon, in the last 5 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.