This Pretzel Ice Cream Pie is pretty similar to the Cereal Milk Ice Cream Pie except that, you guessed it, you substitute the cornflakes for pretzels. This time I actually followed the Preztel Ice Cream recipe from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook because I had all the ingredients, and the best part is, it didn't use any eggs. Instead, it thickens the ice cream base with gelatin.
The only thing is, after tasting the ice cream, it tasted a little too salty for me. Now I'm all for salty sweet combos, but this was just a little too much. But then I thought, what if I added some chocolate, like chocolate covered pretzels? (It's kind of funny because chocolate covered pretzels were my first introduction to salty sweet snacks, and now I add salt to almost every sweet, even chocolate ice cream!)
I remembered that an easy recipe for homemade Magic Shell, that liquid chocolate sauce you pour on top of ice cream which hardens into a "magic shell", had made it's way around the internets a while back and thought it would be a perfect topping for this pie. And it was! In fact, if I were to make this again, I might pour a layer of Magic Shell on top of the Pretzel Crunch pie crust before adding the ice cream because it would help keep the pie crust together better, I think.
Pretzel Ice Cream Pie with Homemade Magic Shell (from Momofuku Milk Bar)
makes 1 pie
Pretzel Crunch Pie Crust
- 2 cups pretzels (about 1/4 of a 16 oz. bag)
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup milk powder
- 1 tablespoon malt powder (if you can find it; if you can't, like me, substitute with flour)
- 9 tablespoons butter, divided
Pour the pretzels in a medium bowl and crush them with your hands to one-quarter of their original size. Add the sugars, milk powder, and malt powder and toss to mix. Melt 7 tablespoons of butter and add to the pretzel mixture, tossing to coat.
Spread the clusters on a parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely.
Using your hands (or a food processor if you prefer), crumble the pretzel crunch clusters to half their size.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and toss into the crumbled pretzel crunch, mixing well. Using your fingers and the palms of your hands, press the mixture firmly into a 10-inch pie tin, making sure the bottom and sides of the pie tin are evenly covered.
Pretzel Ice Cream
- 6 cups pretzels (about 3/4 of a 16 oz. bag)
- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 teaspoon powdered gelatin
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
- 1 1/2 oz. cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
Heat the oven to 300°F.
Spread the pretzels on a sheet pan and toast for 15 minutes, until the pretzels have slightly darkened in color and your kitchen smells pretzely. Cool completely.
Put the pretzels in a large bowl, pour the milk over them, and stir while steeping for 2 minutes.
Strain the milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the soggy pieces of pretzel.
Bloom the gelatin in 2 tablespoons of cold water.
Warm a little bit of the pretzel milk and whisk in the gelatin to dissolve. Add the remaining pretzel milk, corn syrup, brown sugar, cream cheese, salt, and baking soda and use a hand or immersion blender to whisk until all of the ingredients are fully dissolved and incorporated. Chill the mixture.
Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Use a spatula to spread the ice cream into the pie shell. Put the pie in the freezer to chill while you make the magic shell.
Homemade Magic Shell
3 tablespoons chocolate chips
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl and microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir, and continue to microwave at 50% power, stirring every 15 seconds until thoroughly melted.
Drizzle over the pie and then freeze the pie for at least 3 hours, or until the ice cream is frozen hard enough so the pie is easy to cut and serve. Wrapped in plastic wrap, the pie will keep for 2 weeks in the freezer.