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July 8, 2008

Ice Cream Week Meets Tuesdays with Dorie: White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Double Crusted Blueberry Pie

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie and White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

It's Tuesday! So you know what that means...Tuesdays with Dorie! This week's recipe was Double Crusted Blueberry Pie and was chosen by Amy of South in Your Mouth! When I saw the recipe for this week I was very excited! I love blueberries as many of you well know and this is one of the recipes that was on my short list the week I hosted. I also loved it because it was perfect to pair with ice cream so Ice Cream week could go on! ;oP

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie: Baked

Pie and ice cream? Who isn't on board with that? I decided to make mini-pies instead of one big pie, using my mini-tart pans and it worked perfectly! I ended up using most of the dough, though I had quite a bit of blueberry mixture left over, which I froze for later.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie: Pie Crust Ready For Fridge

The dough was beautiful! I omitted the sugar though. I wanted to be able to use any left over dough for a quiche or something and sugar and quiche isn't exactly a great mix. This didn't affect the overall quality of the dough though. It was fabulous! I did have to add a lot more than 1/2 cup of water though. It took well over a cup of ice water to bring it all together.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie: Ready to be Topped

I had never seen a blueberry pie filling made in this manner before. With my Blueberry Pie I usually cook and thicken the blueberries BEFORE baking! I must say I was a bit dubious that this version would work, but work it did! I ended up adding the zest of two whole lemons, along with the juice of both of them as well. And I have to admit I thought the bread crumb thing was just weird so I skipped that all together! The filling turned out great and I didn't miss the breadcrumbs at all! ;oP

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie: Ready for the Oven

On the egg wash front I ended up just using 1 egg and not adding any water to it. I guess the water is supposed to make the wash go further, but I had more than enough with just the 1 egg and even had a bit left over.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie

I decided to cut a shape out of the top of the dough. I tried a little moose cutter I had, because he's just too cute, but when you put him on top of the pie he stretched all out of shape and you couldn't tell what he was supposed to be. I ended up going with the star you see above and it worked perfectly!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie: A Bite with Ice Cream

Verdict? This one is definitely a keeper! It also melded so well with the White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Ice Cream! Thanks to Amy for such a great pick this week!

Stop on over at the Tuesday with Dorie blog and take the links to see what everyone else baked up! And take a look below to see the recipe for the White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Ice Cream for Dianne's Dishes Ice Cream Week!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie: White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Note: This recipe is designed to fit this ice cream maker. You could easily double or triple it or whatever to fit in a larger machine.

What You'll Need:
1 pint of heavy cream
1 pint of light cream
1 - 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup of organic cane sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
3-4 vanilla beans, split and scraped
1 3/4ths of 2 Green and Black's Vanilla Creamy White Chocolate 3.5 ounce candy bars, melted (Note: Why 1 3/4ths of 2 bars instead of 2 whole bars? Alexis ate 1/4 of the second bar! ;oP)

Ice Cream Week 2008

In a medium sized pot add heavy cream, light cream, sweetened condensed milk, organic cane sugar, vanilla and split vanilla beans and seeds and cook on low until sugar melts and flavors meld (about 20 minutes). Do NOT bring to a boil! Remove from heat and strain through a sieve into a bowl or pitcher.

Using a double boiler or in your microwave (I use the microwave) melt the white chocolate carefully until smooth. Don't let it go to far or it will go grainy.

Once it is melted (and it will be a thick melt) add a ladle or two of the vanilla/cream mixture into the melted white chocolate and stir until smooth. Add white chocolate mixture to the remaining vanilla/cream mixture and stir to incorporate.

Cover mixture and place in the fridge for at least four hours to overnight. (Note: The first time I tried freezing the mixture I didn't let it cool down enough and it didn't set up. I put it back in the pitcher and put it in the fridge overnight and it worked perfectly the next day. The mixture has to be cool.)

Once the mixture is cooled pour into the bowl of your ice cream maker and freeze according to your machine's directions. Once it hits the soft serve stage you can serve immediately or put it in an airtight container in the freezer until it firms up completely.

Notes: If you leave out the white chocolate you have a basic vanilla bean ice cream.

Posted by Dianne at July 8, 2008 9:43 AM

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Looks like the perfect combination! Love the star cut out on top.

Posted by: Karen at July 8, 2008 10:03 AM

Your little pies look so lovely! I just bought a set of mini pie pans. Is the baking time much different?

Posted by: Rebecca at July 8, 2008 10:20 AM

The moose stars are very cool and the ice cream sounds incredible.

Posted by: rainbowbrown at July 8, 2008 10:25 AM

Homemade blueberry pie and homemade ice cream!?! I could just die... ;-)

Posted by: Carrie at July 8, 2008 10:27 AM

WOW! That white chocolate vanilla bean ice cream totally has my mouth watering! And the little pies look like perfection! I am so hungry right now hahah!

Posted by: Teanna at July 8, 2008 10:30 AM

WOW! That white chocolate vanilla bean ice cream totally has my mouth watering! And the little pies look like perfection! I am so hungry right now hahah!

Posted by: Teanna at July 8, 2008 10:32 AM

How serendipitous - ice cream week + blueberry pie! I love the pie tarts and the star cutout - gorgeous!

Posted by: Caitlin at July 8, 2008 10:54 AM

These look fantastic! I love the tart shells. And the ice cream. I can't begin to comment because I'm drooling so much!

Posted by: food librarian at July 8, 2008 11:06 AM

oh good lord, woman, those look amazing!

Posted by: macduff at July 8, 2008 11:12 AM

OH, my, those are the purdiest little pies I've ever seen. That white chocolate ice cream sounds amazing...

Posted by: Erin at July 8, 2008 11:23 AM

Your little pies are darling! Very creative!

Posted by: Julia at July 8, 2008 12:14 PM

Those little pie-tarts are so cute! That ice cream sounds amazing, too. What great flavors- yum!

Posted by: AnneStrawberry at July 8, 2008 12:28 PM

What a great idea ~ I love the tarts. Your photos are beautiful. I will have to try your ice cream recipe ~ sounds delish!

Posted by: Nancy at July 8, 2008 1:16 PM

Thanks everyone! I really loved this one and the ice cream made it that much better!

Posted by: Dianne at July 8, 2008 1:29 PM

yum, awesome job on the pie-lets :) the ice cream sounds great, too!

Posted by: kim at July 8, 2008 1:51 PM

Aw, we just had it with vanilla ice cream from the store. I usually make our ice cream, though, and I'll certainly have to try your recipe. I love Green & Black's!

Posted by: Lillian at July 8, 2008 1:52 PM

The tiny pies are so cute! I love the star cutout. And the ice cream... I'm drooling just thinking about it!

Posted by: Amanda at July 8, 2008 2:27 PM

Those are the cutest little mini pies ever! I love your pictures.

Posted by: Melissa at July 8, 2008 3:05 PM

Wow the pie and the ice cream look delicious! I am going to have to try your ice cream recipe!

Posted by: Christine at July 8, 2008 3:58 PM

Fantastic job, as always. Great photos, great looking food, great write-up...well...everything is just great...so glad you are sharing all this with us...I can't wait to do this one in the mini pans also.

Posted by: Kayte at July 8, 2008 4:37 PM

I love your mini pies AND the yummy sounding ice cream to go with them.

I thought the bread crumbs were a bit bizarre to... I replaced them with graham cracker crumbs.

Posted by: Dolores at July 8, 2008 5:16 PM

First of all, those little pies are just about the cutest things that I have seen! And the ice cream sounds like it is to die for! Yum

Posted by: Mary Ann at July 8, 2008 8:41 PM

Wow!! Beautiful little pies. Great job.

Posted by: Pamela at July 8, 2008 9:18 PM

Beautiful little pies you have there! I wish I'd had some ice cream to serve with mine, it looks so good with yours!

Posted by: LyB at July 8, 2008 9:19 PM

Looks good! And the ice cream sounds like it is a great match for the fruit.

Posted by: Jenny at July 8, 2008 9:26 PM

your pies are gorgeous number one, and number two - there can be NO MORE ICE CREAM WEEKS! you re killing me with these recipes! Now I have THIS one I have to make, too!

Posted by: Susan at July 8, 2008 9:29 PM

Oh, your minis look so pretty! They are a perfect match for that luscious looking ice cream too. Great work!

Posted by: Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy at July 8, 2008 10:48 PM

This is definitely one of my favorite desserts so far! It is taking all of my restraint to not go in there and eat the one you sent home for Ben!!! :)

Posted by: katherine at July 8, 2008 11:59 PM

perfect portion control with your mini pies...they look beautiful and that ice cream sounds decadent!!

Posted by: Linda at July 9, 2008 12:03 AM

LOVE your mini pies! That ice cream sounds divine!!

Posted by: Annemarie at July 9, 2008 12:26 AM

Blueberry pies AND white chocolate ice cream? That's just not playing fair! :) Love the mini-pies. I need to try this sometime.

Posted by: Roni at July 9, 2008 12:28 AM

I love the mini pies and the star cut outs! It looks delicious!

Posted by: Erin at July 9, 2008 1:03 AM

THOSE ARE GORGEOUS!!!! How fabulous and creative, and it looks DELICIOUS~

Posted by: Beth G at July 9, 2008 2:46 AM

silly me--here i was, thinking vanilla ice cream atop a slab of warm blueberry pie was as good as it could get. clearly, i never considered white chocolate vanilla bean ice cream, as it would be completely superior. you've done excellent work here--kudos! :)

Posted by: grace at July 9, 2008 4:41 AM

I love your individual pies and the ice cream looks so yummy.

Posted by: Lynne at July 9, 2008 7:15 AM

OMG, your ice cream recipe sounds (and looks) to die for! I've had white chocolate ice cream on the brain recently, and now I know I need to make it! That said, your mini-pies are beautiful too, you definitely out-did yourself!

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Posted by: Esther at July 9, 2008 11:29 AM

Thanks everyone! I really enjoyed this one! But then again blueberries and ice cream, what's not to like? ;oP

Posted by: Dianne at July 9, 2008 12:32 PM

Your mini pies are absolutely adorable! Love them! What a perfect ice cream pairing. Great job!

Posted by: Karina at July 9, 2008 4:52 PM

Your pies are adorable! I wish I liked white chocolate. The ice cream would appeal more.

Posted by: Jules at July 9, 2008 5:08 PM

Thanks Karina!

I've become a recent convert to white chocolate. I used to despise it, but a year or so ago my tastes changed and I started liking it. You could leave out the white chocolate and just make it vanilla bean if you're not a wc fan. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at July 9, 2008 5:10 PM

oh my gosh. love the mini pies!! your crust looks gorgeous. and with ice cream to boot. wow, i'll take one over here!

Posted by: mimi at July 9, 2008 8:13 PM

I have to say the very first thing that came to mind when I read the title of your post was, and I quote, "Oh. Freaking. Yeah."

Those pies are so cute I can hardly stand it - and then you knocked me out with White Chocolate Ice Cream. HEAVEN!

Posted by: Holly at July 9, 2008 8:50 PM

I love pie and ice cream! Your mini pies are gorgeous!

Posted by: Kristen at July 9, 2008 10:12 PM

Your mini pies with the cutouts look perfect!
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Posted by: Shari at July 9, 2008 10:21 PM

The mini-pie-tarts are lovely. And the ice cream looks delicious. I've got my canister in the freezer. Now all I need is some sweetened condensed milk so I can try one of your recipes.

Posted by: Di at July 9, 2008 10:23 PM

I like mini-desserts...I makes it easier for me to not splurge as much! :o) And it makes them easier to share. ;o)

Posted by: Dianne at July 10, 2008 9:10 AM

That's it - I must go buy some mini tart pans! The little pies are gorgeous.

Posted by: Jessica at July 11, 2008 9:11 AM

My best friend got them for me for my birthday last year and I LOVE them! I use them all the time. They are just the perfect size! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at July 11, 2008 2:09 PM

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