“I twirl through the driveway with angelic grace Till I slip on the sidewalk and fall on my face”
Holidays and Peppermint Pie go so well together.
We are a house divided- half of us are cake people and the other half are ice cream people.
Peppermint Pie is the perfect happy medium in between everyone’s favorites.
As a child I could hardly wait for the fancy new special ice cream flavors that can only be found during the winter.
Come on, you know what I mean.
Who hasn’t been tempted by the beautiful green package of Thin Mint Ice Cream?!
Obviously I’m on TEAM ICE CREAM… Captain in fact. 😉
Who doesn’t like Ice Cream Cake?!
Ice Cream PIE is all the better!
The beauty of Peppermint Pie is that you need not possess any real cooking skills to pull it off beautifully!
Let’s make My Super Easy Peppermint Pie!
You will need:
2 Graham Cracker or Cookie Crusts
Maybe one of each? You can get super creative here. Make your own special crust or look in the market for some really neat pre-made crusts that come in such a variety.
1 Pint Hot Fudge Sauce
1 Quart Peppermint Ice Cream
Set your ice cream out to soften so it’ll be easier to work with.
It really doesn’t say happy holidays when you throw your back out trying to divide the rock solid ice cream into two.
Relax. This sucker is going back into the freezer 12 hours +.
This is ALL about the easy and having it turn out fantastic!
Still with me?
When that yummy peppermint ice cream is ready…
Fill each Pie Crust with HALF of the ice cream.
Spread it around. If you don’t press it into the crust there will end up being a gap at the bottom around the edge.
Now grab that delicious Hot Fudge Sauce!
There is TOTALLY a difference between chocolate sauce and hot fudge.
Please for the love of Peppermint Pie, use HOT FUDGE SAUCE.
Pour half of the Hot Fudge Sauce over the ice cream in each of the pie crusts.
Move the hot fudge sauce around so that is coats the ENTIRE Peppermint Ice Cream Pie, making a seal.
Pop those beautiful Peppermint Pies into the freezer!
I usually make them just before I go to bed so that they freeze firm overnight. Let them freeze for at least 12 hours.
*** You can go ahead and add a tub of Cool Whip on top, re-freeze and serve if you would like to go the truly easy way. Easy is just fine. Naked plain Peppermint Pie without Whipped Cream or anything else is pretty dang yummy too.***
Serve with Homemade Whipped Cream OR
Just before you are ready to serve dessert…
We’re going to make an AWESOME meringue to go on top!
Yes, just like that delicious stuff that adorns Aunt Sally’s Lemon Meringue Pie.
Don’t worry… you totally got this. I know you can do this.
Grab a mixing bowl. Into it goes:
6 Egg Whites ( Yup, NO yolks!)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
Beat this with a whisk until it starts to develop soft peaks.
Then slowly add in:
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Crushed Candy Cane Pieces
Whisking it until it becomes stiff.
It’s stiff when you pull back the whisk and it leaves a nice stiff peak or curl behind.
Now freak everyone out and pull those pretty ice cream pies out and spread half of the meringue over each of the pies.
Be sure to cover the ENTIRE pie!
Pop these pies into the oven at 400 degrees.
BAKE THEM ON YOUR WOODEN PIZZA BOARD so that it won’t melt but brown.
The meringue will be done in about 4-6 minutes!
Slice and serve to those eagerly waiting for it!
I forgot to take a picture of it cut before it was devoured… my apologies.
This is what A Taste Of Home’s pretty Peppermint Pie looks like so you have an idea.
This Peppermint Pie is likely to become a tradition around your house too! 😉
You could certainly make this with other awesome seasonal ice creams.
Egg nog, pumpkin, apple pie, thin mint, gingerbread, hot cocoa, pecan…
It would popbably be wonderful with a mint n’ chip, strawberries and cream or your favorite ice cream flavor too!
** Don’t add the candy cane to the merigue for some flavors. It would be gross with strawberry in my opinion. 😉 **
May the smells of the holidays invade your home and joyful spirit run amok in your heart!
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