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Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte with Ginger Crust


As I frequently mention, I am not a dessert person. With my salt and starch addictions, I’d rather use those calories for another bowl of pasta most of the time. This dessert, however, reminded me why sometimes sweet is the way to go.

Judy made this for Brantley Thanksgiving 2K11, and it was so good that everyone insisted on having their own slice. And this was on top of the four course meal we’d already had (and the FatFest The Chef and I had already been a part of that morning with the Akins), so that speaks to the crazy-goodness of this.

The pumpkin and spices make this great and seasonal, but the tangy ice cream and nutty crunch keep it fresh and lively. And let’s be honest: it’s just downright gorgeous to look at.

8 oz ginger snap cookies
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 can pumpkin, chilled
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 qt vanilla ice cream
1 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1 cup fudge sauce or chocolate ice cream topping
candied walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Crush cookies and mix with sugar and melted butter.
  3. Press mixture in bottom and sides of a springform pan.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then chill or freeze.
  5. Mix pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin and 1/4 cup caramel topping. Blend til smooth,then add ice cream.
  6. Working quickly, layer ice cream mixture with caramel and fudge toppings and walnuts, and then drizzle more caramel and fudge on top. (I used more than a quart of ice cream and more toppings, so it depends somewhat on the size of your pan.)
  7. Chill until firm, pop out of pan and slice.

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Filed under Christmas, Dessert, Special Occasion, Sweets, Thanksgiving

Simply Southern Chocolate Pie

This is the perfect accompaniment to peppermint ice cream and the perfect ending to a festive holiday meal. And as homemade pies go, it’s not even that hard to make because you use a store-bought crust. (And spare me the Sandra-Lee-hatred as I am the captain of that club: we’ll get a homemade crust recipe up soon for you diehard traditionalists.)

So put on that apron and make your Grandma proud. Nothing says “Southern” and “special” like this old-school dessert combo.

1/4 cup flour
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate squares
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 unbaked pie shell

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix sugar, flour and eggs in a bowl.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler.
  4. After the chocolate and butter melt, add to the sugar mixture and mix well.
  5. Add vanilla. Pour into pie shell and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.


Filed under Comfort food, Dessert, Party food, Southern food, Sweets