Orange Dreamsicle

Orange Dreamsicle pie perfectly captures the creamy vanilla ice cream center surrounded by the orange quiescently frozen treat we craved for every summer!Remember when we were kids, we’d be playing outside, and we would run down the street chasing the melodious sounds of the ice cream truck? I’d be checking for loose change in my pockets and on the sidewalk as the running commenced.  The favorite frozen treats from my neck of the woods were Sidewalk Sundaes, Strawberry Shortcake, and Orange Dreamsicle (or creamsicle, there were some heated debates among us elementary-age ice cream connoisseurs).

Orange Dreamsicle pie perfectly captures the creamy vanilla ice cream center surrounded by the orange quiescently frozen treat we craved for every summer.  With the very first bite you will be in Dreamsicle heaven, it will take you back to those rare carefree summer days, without having to run after the ice cream truck.

Orange Dreamsicle pie perfectly captures the creamy vanilla ice cream center surrounded by the orange quiescently frozen treat we craved for every summer!

This creamy sensation is a little more upscale with some orange zest and a little zap of lemon to help bring out the full orange flavor (if you look closely you can see some of the zest). No, it’s not as orange-colored as its frozen counterpart, if you must you can add food coloring, but I chose not to.

The only thing that could make this better is having a few minutes to yourself on a beautiful sunny afternoon to indulge in a slice (so, send the kids off to a friends house and make it happen, they don’t need to know why).

Orange Dreamsicle pie perfectly captures the creamy vanilla ice cream center surrounded by the orange quiescently frozen treat we craved for every summer!

Don’t forget to save the last slice for yourself!

Orange Dreamsicle
 
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Cuisine: Americana
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch salt
  • grated zest of one orange
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 large egg yolks, beaten and strained through sieve (gets out those wiggly "white" things)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Topping:
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
Crust:
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
Instructions
Orange Curd (for filling):
  1. In medium size saucepan, stir together the beaten-strained yolks, sugar, juices, zest and salt. Stirring with whisk constantly in the sauce pan over medium to medium-high heat, until mixture thickens (about 5-6 minutes).
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter and stir until melted.
  3. Pour mixture into a separate bowl and cover with plastic wrap pressed onto surface of curd to prevent skin from forming.
  4. Chill in refrigerator about 2 hours until thoroughly cooled.
Pie Assembly:
  1. In electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with mixer until creamy (about 1-2 minutes), set aside.
  2. With electric mixer, whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form (it will double in volume). Add in the cream cheese and beat together about 1 minute until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add cooled orange curd to whipped cream/cream cheese mixture and spread into prepared pie shell.
Topping:
  1. Beat the whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and orange extract, beating with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Pipe or spoon onto finished pie.
 

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