Strawberry ice cream pie is a sweet and smooth dessert, perfect for a summer’s evening.
To ensure that our pie is safe for those with gluten intolerances, we will be using graham crackers to create the crust.
If you don’t have a gluten allergy, you can still enjoy the salty flavors of a graham cracker. Or, if you’d rather, you could use a pre-made pie crust instead.
If you really want to make your own crust, know that the recipe will take much longer to complete.
How To Make Homemade Ice Cream
Talking about creating things from scratch, you might be wondering how to even make ice cream. The ice cream filling we will make later has the flavors we want to replicate but isn’t really ice cream.
If you really want to make this ice treat at home, all you need is heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, and flavorings like vanilla extract or strawberry extract.
Pour all of the ingredients into a saucepan and warm the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, pop the mixture into the refrigerator to chill.
When the mixture is cooled, you can either put it into a churning machine, or you can whisk the ice cream yourself. Either way, you keep churning until you reach the desired consistency.
Of course, that was a very brief explanation of how to make ice cream. Now for the real stuff.
Gluten-Free Strawberry Ice Cream Pie Recipe
This recipe makes one pie. It will take around 10 minutes to prepare, and 15 minutes to cook.
We have separated the ingredients into Crust, Base, and Strawberry Mixture to make the method easier to read.
- 11 oz of Graham Crackers (or any gluten-free cookies)
- ⅓ Cup of Butter
- ¾ Cup of Whipping Cream
- ½ Teaspoon of Lemon Juice
- 9 oz of Strawberries
- 1 Cup of Coconut Cream
- ½ Cup of Dates
- 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
First, we need to create the crust.
Grab your crackers and either put them into a ziplock bag and crush them using a rolling pin or tip them into a food processor and crush them until they are ground to dust.
Melt the butter. Then mix the crushed crackers and melted butter into a bowl. Ensure that all the crumbs are covered, by mixing thoroughly.
Transfer the mixture into a pan that’s around 9 inches wide.
Press the mixture alongside the bottom and up the sides. This will be the shape of your crust, so make sure there are no gaps.
Once secured, put the crust into the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Wait until the crust has become firm. While this is happening, move on to the next step.
Pour the whipping cream and lemon juice into a bowl and either whisk by hand or by using an electric mixer. Whisk until the cream forms stiff peaks.
Once you’re happy with the peaks, put the cream in the refrigerator.
Pour all of the Strawberry Mixture ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the strawberry mixture into a large bowl, then fold the whipped cream into the mixture. Try not to overfold or mix the cream, as you may lose the desired consistency.
Gently pour the strawberry mixture onto the crust, and freeze overnight.
You can serve this pie with more whipped cream and strawberries, or even some crushed graham crackers on top.
More Ice Cream Pie Flavor Ideas
If you don’t want to create a strawberry ice cream pie, you can still make this simple and delicious dessert while using different ingredients.
A simple swap is berry-for-berry. You could use blueberries, raspberries, elderberries, or anything else you prefer. Because berries have the same water consistency and intensive flavor, the swap will be easy.
If you would prefer a chocolate ice cream, the swap will be more difficult. Normally when you bake with chocolate, you need to melt it.
However, most of the recipe above requires a cool down. If melted chocolate chills, it will solidify into the bowl’s shape.
Instead, you should shave the chocolate to create small, usable flakes.
Then continue the method as normal from step 6. Instead of creating a smooth color, you will likely have a spotted tone as the chocolate shavings will not blend with the cream.
However, the flavor will still be chocolatey, and the overall taste will be delicious.
Creating a strawberry ice cream pie is easy, and making it gluten-free is simple too. Although you can choose any biscuit as your crust flavor, graham crackers are a perfect choice.
Almost every graham cracker is automatically gluten-free, but double-check the packaging before you make the purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is My Strawberry Pie Runny?
If you’ve just made your pie or only made it a double of hours ago, it might be runny due to temperature. The mixture needs to solidify while in the freezer. This is why we suggest keeping it overnight.
How To Stop The Bottom Of My Pie Being Soggy?
By the time your mixture is added to the crust, it should be cold and well-mixed. When you add it to the crust, it needs to go straight into the freezer. Literally immediately.
If you take too long in either process, you’ll allow the whipped cream to melt. It’s this melting process which causes a soggy bottom.
How Do You Thicken A Cream Pie Filling?
Cream pie fillings are normally savory, but if your ice cream pie is too running you can follow the same method. Add cornstarch or gluten-free flour to the mixture.
Cornstarch is a great thickener that doesn’t have a strong taste. It’s also naturally gluten-free, so will be safe for those on a restricted diet.
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