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Apricot Almond Swirl Ice Cream Pie

Total Time
5 hrs 30 mins

A crunchy, almondy crust of ground-up amaretti cookies holds vanilla ice cream layered with honey-simmered apricots—on the bottom, a puree in the middle, and more puree curlicued over the top. We used an 8-in. cheesecake pan with removable sides, but you could also use a regular 9-in. pie pan and sprinkle the toasted almonds on top instead of packing them onto the outside of the pie.

2 pie crusts to try

Photo by: Yunhee Kim
 1 3/4 cups dried apricot halves, preferably Blenheim*
 3/4 cup honey
 2 qts. vanilla ice cream, divided
  Cookie Crust, using amaretti* and an 8-in. cheesecake pan with removable sides
 1 cup toasted sliced almonds
Step 1

Simmer apricots with 1 1/2 cups water and the honey, covered, until apricots are very soft, 15 minutes; let cool. Take 1 qt. ice cream out of freezer to soften.

Step 2

Arrange 1 cup apricots over cooled cookie crust. Whirl remaining apricots and liquid in a blender into a thick, pourable purée (add more water if needed). Strain.

Step 3

Stir softened ice cream until smooth. Spread over apricots in crust, set on a plate, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Spoon on all but 2 tbsp. apricot purée. Freeze until purée firms, about 1 1/2 hours.

Step 4

Let remaining 1 qt. ice cream soften; spread over purée. Top ice cream with small dollops of remaining purée, then swirl with a chopstick. Freeze 2 hours more.

Step 5

Remove sides of pan and pat almonds firmly into sides of pie. Serve immediately.

Step 6

*Get super-flavorful dried Blenheim apricots by mail from Find crunchy, very almondy Italian amaretti in well-stocked grocery stores. Or use almond biscotti instead and whirl in 1 tsp. almond extract with the melted butter.

Step 7

More pie tips:

Step 8

Let the pie soften for 5 minutes at room temp to make slicing easier.

Step 9

If you're having trouble freeing your pie from its pan, set it over a bowl of hot water for a couple of minutes and then slide a thin knife between the pan edge and the crust. It should pop right out.

Step 10

Make ahead: Once the pie is fully frozen through step 4, it keeps for up to 4 days, double-wrapped in plastic wrap. Top with almonds just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 452Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g33%

Saturated Fat 9.9g50%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 119mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 63g21%

Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Protein 6.5g13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.