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Velvet Turtle Turtle Pie

Ingredients:

  • 3 lg Egg whites, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Hazelnuts, ground
  • 1 dash Cinnamon
  • 3 quarts Almond praline ice cream
  • Whipped cream, optional

Crumb Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Shortbread cookie crumbs
  • 3/4 cup Hazelnuts, ground
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted

Caramel Fudge Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Whipping cream
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Water, boiling
  • 3/4 cup Butter, frozen

Preparation:

Beat egg whites until whites are glossy and hold soft peaks. Gradually add sugar, whipping until stiff but not dry. Sprinkle in ground nuts and cinnamon and beat just until blended.

Pipe meringue on parchment-covered baking sheet to form 8-inch circle about 1/2 inch thick. Preheat oven to 250 degrees for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 200; bake meringue 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Let stand in oven until cool. Peel and lift off parchment. Store in airtight container in dry place.

Soften ice cream in refrigerator. Pack 1 1/2 quarts evenly into crumb crust. Drizzle with 6 tablespoons caramel fudge sauce.

Place meringue round on top. Trim if necessary, leaving 1/2" border between pie and meringue.

Pack another 1 1/2 quarts ice cream into pan, filling space between pan and meringue. Do not press hard or meringue will break. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 10 to 12 hours before serving.

To serve place pie slice on serving plate. Serve hot caramel fudge sauce and whipped cream on side.

CRUMB CRUST: Combine cookie crumbs, nuts, sugar and cinnamon in bowl and mix well. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly. Pack into 9 inch springform pan, bringing crust 1 to 1 1/2 inches up sides. Chill until firm. Bake at 375 degrees 10 to 15 minutes. Cool then freeze.

CARAMEL FUDGE SAUCE: Place whipping cream in large skillet over medium-low heat. Simmer until reduced to 1 1/2 cups or by half. Strain. Using 2 1/2 quart saucepan, heat sugar over medium to low heat, stirring with wooden spoon constantly until sugar is caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add boiling water and whisk to mix evenly.

Boil until caramelized sugar dissolves completely, about 15 to 20 minutes. Strain. Combine strained cream and caramelized sugar mixture in saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil. Break up butter and add bit by bit to sauce. Stir until butter is incorporated into sauce. Whir in blender until smooth. Cool until thickened.

Makes 10

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