Coffee ice cream pie is a well-matched dessert when we serve our Mexican Country dinner for our October Country Inn guests. The cinnamon tinged chocolate cookie crumb crust is particularly reminiscent of Mexican chocolate, and the rich coffee ice cream signals dinner’s end much the same way as a post dinner cup of rich coffee. As a special bonus, this dessert is really easy to prepare.
The ingredients you will need are:
- 1 package of chocolate wafers (we use Famous),
- 1/3 cup of sifted confectioners sugar,
- 3 ounces of melted butter,
- 1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon,
- 1/2 gallon of coffee ice cream (we use Breyers)
This dessert is prepared in two stages, preparing the crust, and adding the ice cream filling. To prepare the crust, you will need about 1 1/2 cups of finely ground chocolate wafers. It takes about 2/3 of a package of Famous chocolate wafers, finely ground in a food processor, to get this amount. Place the chocolate wafer crumbs in a bowl, add the sifted confectioners sugar, the cinnamon, and the melted butter and mix it all together into a grainy dough.
Place this chocolate wafer dough in a 9 inch pie pan and spread into an even thickness along the bottom and up the sides with your fingers. Place a slightly smaller pie pan on top of the dough and press firmly down and along the sides to compress the dough into a more even thickness. The top edge will be uneven along the top edge of the crust. Place the crust into the freezer for about an hour.
Take the ice cream out of the freezer and allow to soften enough so that it can be stirred into a thick paste either by hand or with a mixer. Take the frozen crust out of the freezer and spoon the ice cream filling into the crust and spread around to achieve an even mound of ice cream filling the crust. Place it back in the freezer for at least 2 more hours before serving.
When ready to serve, remove from freezer and place on a heated surface (like a stove burner on low heat) momentarily so that you can pop the crust free of the pan. Place the pie on a cutting board and cut into portions with a knife that has been rinsed with hot water. Garnish portions with a dollop of melted chocolate and a few whole cashews.