Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream Pie

Cover recipe- Cooking Light, Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream Pie: August 2005

Cover recipe- Cooking Light, Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream Pie: August 2005

It’s that time of year when the weather is warming up and quick and light summer treats are a staple. When I ran across an issue of Cooking Light magazine I had lying around, the cover photo of Cherries Jubilee Ice cream Pie was definitely getting me into the summer spirit. The gorgeous color of the cherries atop the creamy, frosty inside had me itching to try this pie out.

There are so many other delicious recipes in this edition too. The best part is this is a lighter recipe, so you don’t have the guilt but still get all the flavor. The cherries are soaked in a brandy glaze and swirled right in with the ice cream and a generous amount drizzled on top too.

Add in a crunchy, buttery graham crackers crust and you’ve got a treat that will please the crowd at any summer get-together. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.
Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream Pie

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Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream Pie

Yield: 8 servings (1 pie wedge + 3 tablespoons sauce)

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons brandy
1 (12-ounce) package frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 9 cookie sheets)
4 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream, softened

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Cool completely.

3. Combine butter and honey in a medium bowl. Add graham cracker crumbs, stirring to blend. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes. Cool completely.

4. Place 1/2 cup cooled cherry mixture in a food processor; process until smooth. Place the remaining cherry mixture in an airtight container; cover and chill.

5. Place softened ice cream in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add pureed cherry mixture, and gently fold in to achieve a swirl pattern.

6. Spoon mixture into the cooled crust. Cover and freeze 4 hours or until firm. Top with reserved cherry sauce just before serving.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/8th of the pie + 3 tablespoons sauce
Calories per serving: 277
Fat per serving: 7g
Saturated Fat per serving: 3.4g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">165mg
Fiber per serving: 1.6g
Protein per serving: 5g
Cholesterol per serving: 24mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 47.3g

Source:  Cooking Light

The results:

It was a really good pie! It looked beautiful and it was definitely enjoyed by everyone. I thought the cherries were the perfect pairing to the creamy ice cream, and who doesn’t love a graham cracker crust? Plus, since the cherries are cooked, frozen ones work just fine–and they save you the trouble of pitting fresh ones.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes! It’s beautiful, delicious and a great dessert for summer. You can change the topping up any way you like by adding some extra fruit or berries. Some toasted pecans on top would even be a great addition!

Lori is the founder of RecipeGirl.com. She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at RecipeBoy.com.


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16 Responses to “Herbed Cheese Pizza”

  1. 1

    VeggieGirl — October 26, 2009 @ 5:21 am

    Atypical and fabulous! :)

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — October 26, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    I have that copy of Cooking Light, and I have been thinking about making the pizza. Thanks for testing it out for me. Yours looks absolutely gorgeous!

  3. 3

    Barbara Bakes — October 26, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    I could fall in love with light pizza!

  4. 4

    Louise — October 26, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    This pizza recipe would have been just perfect for the pizza party! I’m really liking your new blog Lori. Very cool…

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    Aggie — October 26, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    Mouthwatering…I loved this on the cover when I got my mag. I’m such a sucker for pizza…
    I like the newer layout of CL too, seems like they are packing it with a ton of great recipes! And it’s cleaner and more organized. Great pick for you to review! Am really enjoying your new blog! :)

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    Terri Archibald — October 26, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    I’m very happy with the recent changes made by Cooking Light also. It is one of the magazines that I get very excited to see in the mailbox! Regarding the pizza recipe, I’m very excited to try it. I’m all about the crust. Thanks for checking it out for all of us!

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    wasabi prime — October 26, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    This looks so delicious! Again, great helpful commentary about the recipe and tips for substitutions. I never have everything a recipe calls for and I usually forget to shop for it!

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    Phoo-D — October 26, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    This looks terrific. I’ll have to scout out that Greek cheese- I’ve never heard of it before!

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — October 26, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Yum! That looks really good. I’ve been enjoying the new Cooking Light as well and this cover definitely caught my eye when I received this issue.

  10. 10

    France — October 26, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    Your photo should be on the cover of a magazine. This pizza looks so good.

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    CookiePie — October 26, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

    Love this! Gorgeous photo, and I love that you tried freezing the dough. And I totally agree about the changes to CL – great magazine!

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    jo — October 27, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    Oh wow – I can already smell pizza in the air. This looks absolutely yummy and would love to have a slice.

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    NJ — October 28, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    I recently found and subscribed to your blog. I love the concept and am enjoying the posts. Your photo inspires me to try the pizza more than theirs did. Looking forward to more recipes and pictures.

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    Sues — October 28, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    Your pizza looks prettier than the one on the cover! I love a good “light” pizza :)

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    Jill — October 28, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

    This is such a great concept for a blog. Loved the spider cake and this pizza looks DELICIOUS and even better than the cover. I’m not sure if it would have caught my attention, but after seeing yours and reading an information post, I think I’ll have to try it too. :)

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    Bethany — November 6, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    That looks amazing!!

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