One of the most versatile desserts that I make is ice cream pie. It is super simple and is perfect to make ahead because it has to be frozen. But even better, is that you can make just about any flavor combination you like. You can change the type of crust, ice cream and add-ins. The possibilities are endless.

In this pie, I used my favorite combination of sweet and salty. I used crushed pretzels combined with sugar and butter for the crust. I filled the pie with vanilla ice cream, crushed chocolate covered toffee bars, and salty peanuts. When I serve it, I pour a quick caramel sauce over each slice and garnish with more crushed candy bars and peanuts.

Sweet and Salty Ice Cream Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 pie

Serving Size: 1 slice

Sweet and Salty Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients

    For the pie:
  • 2 cups pretzels, finely ground
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 quarts vanilla ice cream
  • 5 1.4-ounce chocolate covered toffee bars, crushed
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  • For the caramel sauce:
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine pretzels, butter and sugar. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

Remove ice cream from freezer and let soften 5 minutes. Place ice cream in bowl of electric mixer. Mix until smooth. Add crushed toffee bars and peanuts. Mix to combine. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Cover and freeze until completely firm.

To make caramel sauce, combine brown sugar, butter, heavy cream and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to boil and boil 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool.

Serve pie with caramel sauce. Garnish with extra toffee pieces and peanuts.

Use softened butter for cookies and cakes.

Bringing butter to room temperature helps it incorporate better with other ingredients.

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