Let's get one thing clear -- I am not proud of this recipe.
And if it weren't so ridiculously good, I'd be too humiliated to share it. But it is and so I am ...
It all came about because I was chasing a childhood taste memory. I wanted the creamy-sweet richness of a Creamsicle, but I wanted it as a beverage. I did -- albeit only momentarily -- consider melting the real deal, then pouring it over ice, perhaps adulterating it with an adult beverage. But that seemed kind of gross.
After a few misfires, I settled on combining a high-end orange soda with vanilla ice cream in the blender, then pulsing until smooth, but still milk shake-thick. It was simple. It was kind of stupid. It was crazy delicious.
Then I got inspired. What if after the soda and ice cream were blended, the mixture was poured into a pie crust? And what if you then refroze the entire thing? And what if you then topped the resulting ice cream pie with a massive mound of whipped cream spiked with orange zest?
What happens is you get a double orange-cream ice cream pie. And though the recipe is kind of trashy -- OK, really trashy -- I love it. And you will, too.
Orange-vanilla ice cream pie with orange whipped cream
Start to finish: 20 minutes active
(plus several hours freezing)
1 pint vanilla ice cream
11 2 cups orange sherbet
1 cup orange soda
1 prepared graham cracker pie shell
11 2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Zest of 1 orange
In a blender, combine the ice cream, sherbet and orange soda.