Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie in a Toasted Pecan Crust~



This is the perfect finish to dinner on a very warm, summer evening! I am in love with anything lemon but the other part of this dessert that is absolutely delicious is the toasted pecan crust. What a wonderful combination!  The meringue topping is, well, the frosting on the cake, so to speak :)

If you are in need of an easy, impressive and irresistibly delicious summer dessert, look no further!


Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie in a Toasted Pecan Crust

Adapted from Bon Appetit, April, 2007
Printable Recipe

Lemon Curd
2 tablespoons grated fresh lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 3/4 sticks (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces

Note: I used the above recipe for lemon curd but see this recipe for Microwave Lemon Curd as an alternative!  It's been tried by me and is great!

Crust
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
3 cups vanilla ice cream, slightly softened, divided

Meringue
4 large egg whites, room temperature (I used pasteurized eggs)
Pinch of cream of tartar
6 tablespoons sugar

For lemon curd:

Whisk together zest, lemon juice, sugar, eggs, and a pinch of salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Add butter all at once and cook over moderately low heat, whisking constantly, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk and first bubbles appear on surface, about 10 minutes. Immediately pour curd through a fine sieve into a bowl, then chill, covered.

For crust:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix pecans, sugar, and butter in medium bowl until moistened. Press pecan mixture onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish (mixture will be crumbly). Bake until crust is lightly toasted, about 12 minutes (crust will slip down sides of dish). Use back of spoon to press crust back into place. Cool crust on rack. Freeze crust 30 minutes.

Dollop 1-1/2 cups ice cream over crust; spread into even layer. Spread lemon curd over ice cream; freeze until firm, about 2 hours. Dollop 1 1/2 cups softened ice cream over lemon curd; spread into even layer. Cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.

For meringue:

Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in medium bowl until frothy. Beat in cream of tartar. With mixer running, gradually add sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spoon meringue over pie, spreading to seal at edges and swirling decoratively. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Freeze pie. Using kitchen butane torch, toast meringue until golden in spots or place pie in a preheated 500°F oven until meringue is golden in spots, watching to prevent burning, about 3 minutes. Cut pie into wedges; serve immediately.

63 comments:

  1. I love the ice cream inclusion. Gorgeous!

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  2. It's 6:30 in the morning and yes, I'd like a piece now. Do you think it would go well with coffee:@) What a fun pie Susan, I'll bet everyone loved it!

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  3. It's sort of like a lemon Baked Alaska! Looks amazing.

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  4. It is BEAUTIFUL and sounds delicious..keeper..i must do this one day..We were on a lemon thought..I have creamy lemon bars in the fridge:)
    Mr Mack loves lookin' up here:)

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  5. Yum! I am bookmarking this so I can make it for our next get-to-gether!
    It's a friday's favorite
    for sure :-)

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  6. This looks fabulous, Susan. What a heavenly combination of flavors! Beautiful photos as well.

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  7. It's crazy hot here. This pie would be a lovely refreshing treat! What a cute apron, too!

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  8. What a fabulous summertime dessert. Making myself a copy now. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  9. Lemon meringue pie was the first American dessert I learned to make while in France decades ago from a recipe in McCalls magazine; it is my favorite American dessert and you have just taken it to an even higher level of deliciousness. Cute apron!

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  10. I love anything lemon. I will definitely be copying this recipe. Love the apron!

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  11. Oh dear, another wonderful recipe that I have to try. I love the combination of flavors and textures in this pie, Susan, starting with the toasted pecan crust. What I wouldn't give to attend one of your gourmet group dinners. Fabulous food!

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  12. What a wonderful recipe. It looks amazing.

    Have a great week end.

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  13. Oh my - I just gained 20 lbs. looking at that. :D
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  14. That pie is a delight, Susan! First of all, I'm sending the link to my lemon-addicted sister, then I'm copying the recipe for me. My favorite things...lemon curd, meringue and ice cream!! Super idea with the pecan crust too. That would set this pie off perfectly.

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  15. Lemon curd, vanilla ice cream and a pecan crust = sounds absolutely delicious and I will be putting that on our table for dessert this summer.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  16. Sounds just amazing to me! The perfect summer pie.

    I hope you'll stop by and link up with Sweet Tooth Friday this week. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/07/14/dark-chocolate-sea-salt-caramel-ice-cream/

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  17. I often skip over dessert posts, but after reading the title for this, I couldn't wait to see what it was - glad I did as it sounds like a real treat.

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  18. Hmmm, it looks wonderful. I, too, love a great lemon meringue pie, but find them too much trouble to make. I'll just look at yours.

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  19. Putting ice cream in a lemon meringue pie?! Pure genius! That sounds amazing, I could really go for some with the muggy hot weather we had here in LA today. I am practically drooling just thinking about it!

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  20. Congratulations; cute apron. Like you anything lemon calls my name; great recipe and a keeper for my kid's next visit,
    Great photo!
    Rita

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  21. Susan, what a different twist on a lemon pie with the addition of ice cream and the crust sounds devine. This sounds like a great pie recipe! I can see why you loved it. I am in love with your new red apron. Loving the color red and lemons -- we have so much in common ;). Have a great weekend. Joni

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  22. sounds delicious Susan !Thanks for sharing...A warm hug..

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  23. An ice cream pie with lemon curd and meringue top...writing that down has already made my mouth water...so yummy!

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  24. It looks delicious, Susan!

    Congrats on the red apron! ,

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  25. Leave it to you to make something so lemony and wonderful! I really have to try this one. Maybe next time my parents come to visit. My dad likes lemon a lot. We used to get those frozen lemon pies. I bet this is WAY better than that :-) I really like your new apron. Lucky you to get one in your favorite color! I'm happy you got come to the Social - be here same time next year!

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  26. About the only dessert I'm ever interested in is either pie or ice cream. This looks wonderful! What a beautiful dessert and photo. Another bookmarked.

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  27. What a recipe... I do love lemon pies... and this is fabulous version with that crust... pecan and lemon is a brilliant combination. I can't wait to try it... many hot days ahead... perfect for cool lemon pies!

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  28. Susan, I could go for a slice of your pie right now. It is definitely unique and sounds delicious! Congrats with the apron, very cute!

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  29. You always come up with the most wonderful recipes!! Love everything about this one...
    Cute apron!

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  30. This looks like the perfect summer dessert. So creamy and refreshing. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/07/sweet-indulgences-sunday-13.html

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  31. Oh wow, this looks amazingly yummy! I love the recipe, it's like a different twist to Baked Alaska, I like this for a dinner party's dessert. Thjank you for sharing. Lots of hugs, FABBY

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  32. Susan, you had me with the toasted pecan crust ... sounds wonderful. Looks like the perfect dessert for a hot, summer day. Love the mosaic.

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  33. I've printed this off and can't wait to give it a try. Lemon meringue and ice cream ~ yummy!

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  34. This sounds like a perfect dessert for hot summer evenings. Thanks for joining in on the fun today.

    Have a great week! La

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  35. I adore all things lemon as well! Wish I had a piece of this delicious pie right now - thank you for sharing:)

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  36. I wasn't expecting the ice cream- this sounds like a lemony version of Baked Alaska! I'm addicted to lemon curd, I'm afraid, and this pie is a lovely and cooling way to feed my addiction. :)

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  37. Thank you one and all for the kind, kind comments which I truly appreciate! I was so thrilled to share this recipe that I will make again and again and hope you will too.

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  38. I just found your site. Your recipes look wonderful. As for the pie, oh my goodness it looks delicious. I'm excited to try a pecans crust. Pecans are my very favorite nut.

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  39. Still love that lemon meringue! I just wanted to pat your hand and say, "oh, there there." I would be livid if a deer came and ate all my daylily blooms. The nerve! Time for the wolf whizz perhaps...

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  40. I'm puckering up already. after cherry, lemon is my favorite flavor - especially with hot hot summer temps like we're having this week. what's also attractive about this recipe is the pecan crust. oh yum. stay cool Susan!

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  41. What an amazing twist. I so enjoy your blog and all of your fabulous recipes.

    Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  42. We love anything lemon in this house - this looks wonderful! The crust sound intriguing.
    Your link from Mosaic Monday isn't working - I googled you to get here, so I think I'd better become a follower!

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  43. Mmmm love everything lemon and I love the addition of ice cream in this classic pie. I also think the nutty crust would be the perfect complement to the flavor and the texture. Beautiful!

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  44. That pie looks divine...I love the combo with the lemon. Lovely apron...perfect summer colors!

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  45. Your pie looks yummy, as do the foods in your other photos. Why am I looking at these before lunch!

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  46. The dessert sounds heavenly & your photos are always gorgeous!

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  47. I could have SWORN I commented on this recipe already. I came back to copy it & I don't see my post. ??? Who knows?? Maybe there is an evil HobFairy that eats comments! LOL

    Anyway, it looks LUSCIOUS & I love ANYTHING lemon so its going on my 'to do' list. Hubby makes work lists...I make recipe lists. *smile*

    fondly,
    Rett

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  48. Yummy, I am sure it taste as goods as it looks too. I love lemon meringue pies. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  49. Looks delicious! I have to try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    -Lynn

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  50. What a sweet apron Susan! You will wear it well ;o) The lemon pie sounds like a winner. I could eat nothing but dessert all summer!

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  51. This is truly a lovely pie. If a pie can have grace fine lines, this one has it.

    Would you link it to Bake with Bizzy>

    http://bizzybakesb.blogspot.com/2011/07/baking-with-bizzy-9-partial.html

    Thanks.

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  52. This sounds so refreshing and delicious. You always come up with such great recipes. Photos are gorgeous too!

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  53. I love lemon curd and the ice cream inclusion is so interesting. What a great summer dessert.

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  54. Lemons and pecans -two of my very favorites. Got to love this pie.
    Sam

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  55. This looks amazing...I know it wouldn't look like this if it came out of my kitchen. I am really loving all of your beautiful food photos!

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  56. All I can say is.... SHOW OFF! But only in the most loving way! This ice cream pie steals the show! How gorgeous and it sounds just delicious! The thought of lemon curd and ice cream in a pecan crust makes me swoon! We love lemon at our house. I will make this, of course... but I will make if when we have company. I would not want to trust myself with any leftovers in my freezer!
    Yummy!
    xo Yvonne

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  57. I adore lemony desserts and this one sounds like a dream. Ice cream, lemon curd, and meringue all in one place! What could be better.

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  58. What a great pie and gorgeous pic! I can almost smell and taste the lemon!

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  59. Wow! I don't think this could get any better! I love lemon too but my oldest grandson (who isn't a big fan of desserts in general) LOVES lemon desserts. I would love to make this when he is here.

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  60. Wanted you to know that I made that recipe you posted not long ago for Cream of Asparagus Soup. I am now addicted to that soup, it's the second time I have made it. It's soooooooo easy but oh so good. I posted it today and mentioned that it originally came from your blog. Thanks for that recipe.

    Carlyn/A Southerners Notebook

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