Monday, September 7, 2009

Coffee Oreo Ice Cream Pie

This is too easy to have a recipe for, but I find that when things are too easy to be written down, I forget about them altogether. And with this pie, that would be a crying shame. It just so happens the night I made this pie for company, my dear friend Miranda brought me an incredible piece of chocolate complete with 'chunking tool' from the West Village chocolate shop, Pure Dark. Bless you Miranda - you always have the best timing!

Coffee Oreo Ice Cream Pie

1 prepackaged chocolate graham cracker pie crust
1 pint coffee ice cream (I highly recommend Haagen Dazs' Five brand, which is actually 14 oz)
1/4 cup chocolate ice cream (Haagen Dazs' Five Milk Chocolate, preferably)
12 Oreo cookies, put in a ziploc and lightly bashed into pieces

1/2 cup heavy cream, cold and straight from the refrigerator
2 tablespoons sugar or powdered sugar
splash of vanilla extract
a dark or semi sweet chocolate bar, for shaving over the top
1 chunk of dark chocolate, for shaving over the top

Let the ice cream sit out for at least 15 minutes, until it's soft and pliable - even partially melted and liquidy is best. In a large bowl, stir the two ice cream flavors together (it's a free country - obviously you can choose any flavors you like) then stir in the Oreo pieces, making sure they're evenly distributed. Gently dump the ice cream mixture into your graham cracker crust, and cover lightly with a Pam sprayed plastic wrap.

Freeze for 30 minutes, then cover with an additional piece of aluminum foil, carefully crimping the edges to prevent freezer burn. Return to the freezer.

Ten minutes before you want to serve the pie, remove it from the freezer and set on the counter while you whip the cream. Add the chilled cream to a Kitchen aid mixer or a bowl if using a hand mixer, and whip on medium high for 2 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla, increasing speed to high and whipping until stiff peaks form. Remove the plastic and foil from the pie, and gently top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with freshly shaved chocolate and serve.

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