Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Pizza Pie

This is the last thing I baked before my brother left. It's a crazy concoction that we decided to call Mint Brownie Ice Cream Pizza Pie.

I'm not sure how this idea came about but my kids started talking about Ice Cream Pizza and I wanted to make the idea come to life. When thinking about it in my mind I decided that brownies would be the "crust", ice cream would be the "sauce", whipped cream and Peppermint Patties would be the "toppings" and sprinkles would be the "cheese". This was a thick pizza.

First, I made a batch of Thin Mint Brownies, but with Grasshopper Cookies instead of Thin Mints, in a 9-inch springform pan.
Then, I mixed chopped Cool Mint Oreos into some vanilla ice cream that we had in the freezer. I prefer lots of mix-ins when it comes to ice cream, so this ice cream was loaded.

I let the brownies cool and then I spread the ice cream mixture on top of the brownies and put the whole thing back in the freezer so the ice cream could firm up. This was not a good idea.

When I was ready to serve a piece of this pizza thing and top it with the whipped cream and sprinkles, cutting through it was an absolute joke. The brownie was rock hard.
So, I did what any person might do to save the dessert and scrapped off the ice cream layer from the brownie base. I put the ice cream back in the freezer and let the brownie thaw for a little while.
When the brownie was unfrozen and cut-able, I cut wedges of it and topped them with ice cream by spoon.
Then I piped the whipped cream on top of the ice cream, sprinkled sprinkles and put a Peppermint Patty on top.

Here is a diagram.
This dessert was quite decadent. It was a complete hit with my brother, my husband and my son. One of my daughters just ate the ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles/candy. I thought the brownie was a little too much with all the other elements. I would've been just as happy with just the ice cream and a Peppermint Patty, but it was fun to create and certain members of our family ate more than one piece (I don't know how they managed it, because this was one heck of a sugar overload). Thank goodness we had a healthy dinner (just the vinaigrette over lots of mixed salad greens) before trying this dessert.

There isn't really a recipe for the entire thing, just a method to the madness. If nothing else, at least it will be a fun experiment!

Here is the recipe for the Thin Mint Brownies via the Food Librarian
* I used Grasshopper Cookies
* I baked my brownies in a 9-inch springform pan

I mixed 1/2 pkg of chopped Cool Mint Oreos into some Vanilla Ice Cream and returned it to the freezer until needed

I topped it all off with sweetened whipped cream- a tsp of vanilla extract and a few Tablespoons of powdered sugar- to taste- beat into heavy cream until stiff peaks form

Sprinkles and York Peppermint Patties were the final topping


Unknown said...

Great idea, especially for a kids party. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

What a fun idea! I love anything with mint and chocolate so this is right up my alley :)

Katie said...

Oh my! Never seen anything so indulgant yet sounds fab! I knew from the title it was going to be good. Maybe you could try cutting the brownie into slices before adding the ice cream and freezing. Personally I love the texture of frozen brownie

Aloha_Misty said...

Oh Yum. I like to try your tasty desserts. I am sure my ENTIRE family would love this one. Speaking of ice cream another night of Yogurt is a must...after your life slows down of course.

The Food Librarian said...

oh my! this is fantastic!!!

Kerstin said...

I am all about mint and chocolate together, so this is the ultimate dessert for me and it's SO fun - love it!

Jamie said...

This looks crazy good and I love your labeling technique of all the layers.

Kitchens said...

You have stunning recipes in here to add to that is your lovely presentations on each of them. Ice Cream pizza Pie is my favourite pizza. Thanks for shearing.

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The dish look fabulous. Yes, Its a such a nice idea to make Mint Brownie Ice Cream Pizza. Personally I love all these pictures and Its really look awesome.