Ginger Ice Cream Pie


11 Nov Ginger Ice Cream Pie


I live in the birthplace of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. I learned his poem In Flanders Fields in Grade 5. I still know it by heart, and it still makes me cry. Tonight, Andrew will give a lecture on the horrific battle of Passchendael. We don’t take the sacrifices of the past lightly. In many ways, today will be somber.

So why on earth am I blogging about Ginger Ice Cream Pie today of all days?

It’s also my friend Geoff’s birthday. Geoff loves sweets and he adores pie most of all. Just talk about candy within earshot and Geoff’s face lights up. Say the word “pie” and his grin cracks so wide you can see the fillings in his molars. If you aren’t careful he will go into great detail about where to buy the best pie in any major city in North America. Whether you’ve been there or not.

A few months ago Geoff and I had a joint gelato binge. We sampled our way through a gut-busting array of delicious flavours. When I mentioned the ginger gelato was as good as my homemade version, Geoff’s stopped eating and looked at me. He fell silent for a few seconds. “You know what would be even better?” he asked. No, Geoff. What?


A dizzying world-championship-ping-pong match of a conversation followed. Do not take time to breath when you read it, because we didn’t.

Geoff: Ice cream pie!

Me: Ginger Ice Cream Pie?

Geoff: Yes!

Me: With crystalized ginger…

Geoff: In a pie.

Me: Crust — pastry or cookie?

Geoff: Cookie.

Me: Chocolate or ginger?

Geoff: Ginger.

Me: Any chocolate?

Geoff: Gotta have chocolate.

Me: Churned in or drizzled on top?

Geoff: On top.

Me: Done!

Geoff: But not drizzled — rolled!

Me: Rolled?

Geoff: You know. Those little logs.

Phew. In less than ten seconds we’d designed Geoff’s dream pie and I’d promised not only to make it in his honour, but to post the recipe on his birthday. And his birthday just happens to fall on November 11th. Year unstated.

So today, I fondly remember my time with Geoff, sampling our way through the menu at American Spoon, Petosky, Michigan.

And yes, Geoff, I know those little chocolate logs. All too well. I have chosen to save my sanity and drizzle the chocolate on top instead. It will taste just as good. Promise.




The following recipe for the ice cream pie can be made by anyone. Geoff’s candy-inspired smile? That can only be experienced first hand.

Happy birthday, Geoff! This one’s for you.


Ginger Ice Cream Pie
Printable recipe

Makes a 10-inch deep dish pie



  • 2 cups ground ginger cookies
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Ice Cream Filling

  • 1 cup fresh ginger, sliced, unpeeled
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup crystalized ginger, minced

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 1 tbsp butter



  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grind the ginger cookies until fine.
  3. Mix in brown sugar and ground ginger. Add melted butter and blend thoroughly.
  4. Press firmly into the bottom and sides of a 10-inch deep dish pie plate.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Allow the crust to cool before filling.

Ice Cream Filling

  1. Place sliced ginger in a saucepan. Cover with water by a good 1/2 inch.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain liquid from ginger.
  3. Place blanched ginger with 1 cup cream, the milk, sugar and salt in the sauce pan and heat to just simmering.
  4. Turn off heat, cover and let sit for an hour. Remove ginger.
  5. Add the remaining cream and chill the base thoroughly.
  6. Churn according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. In the last 5 minutes, churn in the chopped crystalized ginger pieces.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the crust.

Assembly and Chocolate Drizzle

  1. Melt chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth.
  2. Coat the inside of the crust with melted chocolate using the back of a spoon. This prevents the ice cream from making the crust soggy.
  3. Harden the coated crust in the fridge for a few minutes.
  4. When the chocolate has hardened slightly, pile the ice cream into the coated crust.
  5. Drizzle remaining chocolate over the filling. (Note: I poured the remaining chocolate into a small Ziploc bag, snipped the corner with scissors to create a disposable piping bag. It allowed for a fair amount of control and made clean up easy.)
  6. Chill the decorated pie in the freezer to allow the ice cream to harden.
  7. A half hour before serving, soften pie in the refrigerator.

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  • Cheryl
    Posted at 12:07h, 11 November Reply

    Fabulous and gorgeous. Gorgeous and fabulous. I love the effect you were able to make with the drizzled chocolate, and I love how easy your pie crust looks. I hope you and Geoff collaborate more often.

  • Dana McCauley
    Posted at 13:19h, 11 November Reply

    Nice work – lucky Geoff!

    Next time you have a party, feel free to invite me. I’ll bring the party hats if I can have some of the pie!

  • Ryan
    Posted at 21:44h, 11 November Reply

    I never thought about making a ginger cream pie before today, I love ginger a great deal and in dinner conversation tonight I came up with the idea. Figured I’d google if anyone had a recipe..

    How interesting, I never thought of it before today the 11th, Geoff’s birthday, hencetoforth known as, ginger pie day.

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 23:15h, 11 November Reply

    Ryan, this is a sure sign that this was meant to be! If you do make the pie, I’d love to hear how yours turns out.

  • jenn's an ice cream maker
    Posted at 07:38h, 12 November Reply

    Wow!!! This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! What wonderful combinations…then I saw the pic…yum! I just made some ginger ice cream the other day…didn’t make it into a pie though! Wonderful idea!

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 11:35h, 12 November Reply

    Jenn, I hadn’t thought of making it into a pie either. That was pure Geoff.

    I guess I could do this with any ice cream but it got me thinking that this recipe in particular would go well ON TOP of pie as well — especially if that pie was pumpkin!

  • Sophie
    Posted at 12:48h, 04 December Reply

    What a great birthday recipe! The flavor combination sound delicious! Why choose pie over ice cream if you can have both :). I’d like to feature this recipe on our blog. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger

  • Kevin
    Posted at 22:30h, 26 January Reply

    This ginger treat sounds so good!

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 09:47h, 31 January Reply

    Kevin, your comment got buried. My apologies for taking so long to respond. This pie is addictive, especially on a hot summer day.

  • Brett Warner
    Posted at 23:20h, 29 March Reply

    I’ve been looking at pie recipes all day, excited to make my first ice cream pie as that’s a new one for me!
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    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:32h, 31 March Reply

      @Brett Warner, if you love ginger, you’ll love this! Good luck with your first ice cream pie. I bet you’ll find them easier than standard baked pies. I do.

  • Custom Dog Tags
    Posted at 12:38h, 06 July Reply

    That look divine, I know mine won’t be as pretty as yours!
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