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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Apple Ice Cream Pie with Granola Cust

There was another 'bake off' at work, this time it was apples. What ever you want to make with apples. I was convinced a pie had to be made.

Since I was sure somebody would make a classic apple pie, and I was still heavy into making ice cream at the time- I thought I would wow them with an ice cream apple pie!

Wow them I did! This is really super- but there's two thing you need to know about this recipe: there are a lot of steps to it and this is one dish that you don't want to leave in the freezer for very long because the granola will become soft and mushy.

This is another good fall recipe, which is when I created it...just getting around to posting it now. Yup, I'm on top of things. Oh- and I did win first place that day...just barely beating out a bowl of cut up apples! Oh to be fat and happy.

Apple Pie Ice Cream
Combine all the ingredients, bring to just below a boil; remove from heat and let steep for 1 minutes.
1 1/2 cups cream
1/2 cup half & half
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp vanilla
slice of lemon rind

While that is steeping, whisk until light and doubled in size:
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar

Temper the eggs with the cream mixture. Simmer until the custard holds to the back of a wooden spoon. Cool. Freeze according to your ice cream makers directions. Add the apple mixture (recipe below) at the end of the cycle.

apple mixture:

Peel and slice 2 apples (use a little variety, like a red delicious and a granny smith), peeled, sliced in 16 and then in half

Sautee until the apples are softened:

2 Tbls butter
3 Tbls brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 tbls lemon juice

Cool; then add to the ice cream at the end of the freezing cycle.

Granola Crust
1/4 stick butter

Add and mix in a mini cuisinart:
2 cups oats (I always use Quaker old fashion oats)
1/3 cup of walnuts
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup almonds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Push this into the base of your pan, (I divided it between individual pans, but you could make one large pie).
Bake (at 350) for about 10-15 minutes- just till they begin to brown. Cool.

The Finale
Add the completed ice cream on top of the baked granola. Place in the freezer to freeze. Unmold (if necessary) and let warm slightly. Add a layer of very thinly sliced apples on top, and drizzle with warm caramel.

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