I used this year’s Pi Day as the perfect excuse to make the apple pie ice cream that’s been on my to-try list.
If you’re not familiar with Pi Day, it comes every year on March 14th, in celebration of that fabulous unending number π, or 3.14159-and-so-on. It is a holiday mostly celebrated by math teachers and presumably the guy that writes XKCD. Pi Day celebrations generally feature math jokes and involve eating pie.
After last week’s recipe-less fiasco, me and my google-fu present incredibly delicious Apple Pie ice cream:
For the Pie Crust:
1 frozen pie crust
Approx. 3 tbsp. sugar
Approx. 1 tbsp. butter
Approx. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
FIRST: Make the Apple Mix-In
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400.
2. Very well grease a glass or pyrex baking dish with the butter.
3.14159 Cut up the apples.
4. Squirt the lemon juice over them and mix.
5. In a bowl, mix together sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
6. Mix the apples in the dry ingredients until coated.
7. Scrape the apples and all remaining sugary-apple syrup from the bowl into your baking dish.
8. Completely cover the dish with aluminum foil.
9. Bake for about 30 minutes.
10. Cool the apples completely before putting them in the ice cream, preferably at least over night, in the fridge.
SECOND: Make the Pie Crust
1. Melt the butter.
2. Brush the butter over the frozen pie crust.
3.14159. Mix together cinnamon and sugar.
4. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar over pie crust.
5. Bake as directed on the pie crust instructions. (Mine was about 15 min at 450.)
6. Let cool completely.
7. Crumble up into little pieces so you can mix it into the ice cream. I did this while my ice cream was churning.
THIRD(.14159): Make the Ice Cream
1. Whisk together milk, sugar, and cinnamon until the sugar is dissolved in the milk.
2. Whisk in the heavy cream.
3.14159 Mix in the vanilla extract.
4. Freeze according to your ice cream maker instructions.
5 (Optional). You can add the apple mix-in to the churning ice cream about five minutes before it’s done. Or. . .
6. Stir in the apple mix-in and pie crust pieces when you transfer the ice cream into a tupperware.
7 (Optional). Let ice cream firm up in the freezer.