No need to haul out the ice cream maker or pie plate for this ode to summer pies. Store-bought vanilla ice cream swirled with sweet-tart rhubarb compote, plus shortbread "crust" crumbles, gives new meaning to pie à la mode. Use other berries if you like.
4 stalks (1 lb.) rhubarb, trimmed and thinly sliced
6 tablespoons dark brown sugar
4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
10 tablespoon sugar, divided
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. flour
2 cups (12 oz.) blueberries
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
How to Make It
Cook rhubarb with brown sugar in a medium frying pan over medium-low heat until it looks like jam, 20 minutes. Put in a bowl and chill. Stir in ice cream and freeze until firm, 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix 1 tbsp. sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl. Beat butter, 5 tbsp. sugar, the vanilla, and salt in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add flour and mix on low until large clumps form.
Gather dough into a ball and roll into a 1/4-in.-thick round. Transfer to baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and freeze until firm, 10 minutes. Bake until edges are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool, then break into large shards.
Put berries, cornstarch, lemon juice, and remaining sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook, stirring, until thick and bubbly, 5 minutes.
Divide berry compote among 4 bowls. Scoop ice cream into each bowl and add crust shards.
This is the best thing ever to happen to rhubarb! We served this for a family BBQ get together last weekend and received rave reviews :) Super easy to make, we used black berries picked and frozen back from last season instead of blue berries. Actually I can't believe we never thought to "spice up" vanilla ice cream this way before.
If you don't want it to be overly sweet adjust the amount of sugar you add to the rhubarb and the berry compote. We used vanilla bean ice. The light crispy sweet "pie crust" shards is a nice compliment to the cold creamy ice cream and berry "filling".
A definite keeper - YUM!
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