Dustin Hendrix

Coconut-Strawberry Ice Cream Pie, by Dustin Hendrix

With a crunchy salted press-in crust and swirly fruity ice cream team up, everyone wins. Here is another delicious pie without baking and an ice cream filling without the fuss – just keep everything cold as you go.

Crust ingredients:
1 Cup unsweentened shredded coconut
6 oz. graham crackers
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
Use: Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Filling and Assembly:
2 pints coconut ice cream
2 pints strawberry ice cream
6 oz. strawberries, hulled, halved, be sure to quartered if strawberries are large varity
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast coconut on a rimmed baking sheet until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Place graham crackers in a large resealable plastice bag, seal, and crush to fine crumbs with a rolling pin or heavy pot. Transfer to a medium bowl. add toasted coconut, coconut oil, and salt and mix well. Mixture will look quite crumbly and dry at this point, but it will come together as it chills.

Lightly coat 9″ pie dish with nonstick spray. Tranfer graham crack mixture to pie dish and press evenly and very firmly across bottom and up ides of dish with a flat-bottomed measuring cup – Make sure crust extends all the way up the lip of dish. Chill until ready to fill – Wait time is approx. 20 minutes.

Filling & Assembly:
While to crust is chilled, remove coconut ice cream from containers. Cut ice cream into 2″ pieces and place in medium bowl. Repeat with strawberry ice cream, placing in a separate medium bowl. Let sit until slightly softened, about 5 minutes, then stir each, seperatelyy, with a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon until the consistency of thick batter.

Transfer bowls to freezer and chill ice cream 10 minutes. Remove ice cream from freezer. Scrape strawberry ice ceam into bowl with coconut ice cream. Fold ice creams together a couple times with a spatula until swirled. Don’t overmix; you want thick marled ribons. Chill in freezer 10 minutes.

Scrape marbled ice cream into graham cracker crust, create deep decorative swirls in ice cream; the strawberries will be poured into these divots later. Freeze ice cream 6hours until firm.

Toss strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar in a medium bowl. Let sit at least 35 minutes and up to 1 hour. Remove pie from freezer and lower the bottom of the pie dish into a shallow bowl of warm water; hold it there 5 minutes – this will help slices release easily. Spoon strawberries into divets; if you run out of places to contain them, reserve extra strawberries for decorative toppings or to be served on the side.

Sounds wondefully delicious… Haven’t baked prepared this dessert myself, sorry strawberry season is not here yet in the midwest. Ohio produces early harvest of strawberries and other ground fruits by late spring so making this dessert will be a delight.

Writing about desserts has been a passion of mine since an early age. The love of baking has been in my blood since childhood. Growing up there were more farmers markets, organic farmers, and individuals in my neighborhood that sold freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.

Cooking on a conventional oven is not one of my strong points, however, grilling seems to cater to my sense of food preparation and display. Remember a time when a food spread in a magazine caught your eye? Those neatly arranged plates with mouth watering meals prepared to perfection.

There are more ways to cook, bake, or grill than imaginable. You do not have to be a world trained chef to enjoy simply delicious home cooked meals. For the novice baker experiement with easyto prepare and prep desserts that may not require any baking.

Once you feel confident enough take a leap of faith, turn-on your oven and bake a sweet treat for a loved one or yourself. Have patience…first
attempts at baking can be devestating, especially when that well prep’d cake falls onto itself:(

Continue to explore with new and exciting baking techniques. Like the motto entails:
“The proof is in the pudding.”

Any comments or suggestios are welcomed. I am looking for recipes for peanut brittle, peanuts and honey treats, and trail mix.

Namaste, my friends.

Dustin Hendrix
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