Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Blueberry Ice Cream Pie
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  1. Almond-Brown Sugar Crust
  2. 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds
  3. 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  6. Blueberry Sauce
  7. 3 cups blueberries, rinsed, well drained, and carefully picked over for damaged berries
  8. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  10. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  11. 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  12. 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  13. A few gratings of nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp.)
  14. 1 tablespoon water
  15. Assemble and Serve
  16. 1 homemade or purchased vanilla ice cream
  17. 3/4 cup of the Blueberry Sauce, chilled
  18. 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  19. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  20. 1 tablespoon sugar
  21. 2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed, picked over, and well dried on paper towel-lined baking sheets
  22. Remaining Blueberry Sauce, heated
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In bowl of food processor fitted with a steel blade combine almonds, brown sugar, and salt. Pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer to bowl and stir in melted butter. Turn into 9-inch pie plate. With fingers press onto bottom and sides to form a firm, even layer.
  2. Bake 8 to 12 minutes until lightly golden. "Don't overbrown or the crust will have an overpowering flavor," Scott says. Allow to completely cool on a rack. Transfer to freezer until ready to use (may be made up to a week in advance and frozen, tightly wrapped).
  3. In large, wide, nonreactive skillet combine blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, and salt, stirring well with a spoon to distribute the sugar and cornstarch. Add zest, lemon juice, water, and a few gratings of fresh nutmeg; stir again to blend.
  4. Cook and stir over medium heat until blueberries begin to pop, give off juice, and come to a full simmer. Simmer, stirring gently for 1 additional minute until sauce is lightly thickened and cornstarch is well cooked.
  5. Set aside to cool; refrigerate sauce until completely chilled before proceeding. "Otherwise you'll wind up with a blueberry milk shake," Scott says.
  6. Transfer ice cream to a mixing bowl and let stand in the refrigerator 30 minutes or until just softened.
  7. Spoon half into prepared crust. Spread in even layer and top with the chilled blueberry sauce. Spoon on remaining ice cream and spread to edges.
  8. Cover surface of ice cream with plastic wrap and freeze at least 8 hours or overnight until firmly set.
To serve
  1. In chilled mixing bowl, whisk creme fraiche, heavy cream, and sugar until just thickened to spreading consistency. Do not overbeat. "It is very easy to go from smooth to grainy," Scott says. Spread cream mixture over pie; top with blueberries. Serve with heated sauce on the side. Makes 10 servings.