Baked Alaska Ice Cream Pie

A simple yet delicious pie made of a graham cracker crust, ice cream and a toasted meringue topping. This recipe is gluten free and dairy free.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 2 cups gluten free graham crackers or sugar cookies (8 oz. box of cookies) If you can't find this, try using gluten free Honey Nut Cheerios instead.
  • 4 tablespoons dairy free buttery spread, melted (Such as Earth Balance)

For the filling

  • 1 pint dairy free ice cream of your choice (use regular ice cream if you're not allergic)

For the meringue

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For the crust

  1. Crush cookies (or cereal) in a food processor or put in a large resealable bag and pound with a rolling pin until fine crumbs form. Pour cookie crumbs into a medium bowl. Add melted buttery spread and stir to combine. Press into an ungreased 9-inch pie plate or dish. Make sure the crumb mixture is distributed evenly, then pressed down on the bottom and up the sides of the dish. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely.

For the filling

  1. Meanwhile, let the ice cream warm up a bit. You want it to be soft. Once it's thawed out some, pour into a medium bowl and stir until it's smooth. Pour the ice cream into your cooled crust, then place back into the freezer to freeze. This will take at least 2 hours. Once it's completely frozen, then you can add your topping.

For the meringue

  1. Place egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Set aside. Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly so it’s more of a simmer Place the mixer bowl on top of the saucepan to create a double-boiler and start whisking immediately. Keep whisking constantly for 1.5-2 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved. It shouldn’t take more than about 2 minutes. DO NOT STOP WHISKING OR YOU’LL HAVE SCRAMBLED EGG WHITES. Once sugar is dissolved, carefully move the mixer bowl back to the stand mixer.

    With the whisk attachment, beat the egg mixture on HIGH until stiff peaks form (about 8-10 minutes) and the outside of the mixing bowl feels like it’s at room temperature. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.

    Then, using an offset spatula, spread the meringue on top of the chilled ice cream. Create a swirled pattern because it looks pretty that way. Now the fun part, lightly toast with a kitchen torch. If you don’t have one, place under the broiler just until browned. Serve immediately or place back in the freezer.