Pineapple Ice Cream Pie made easy with whipped cream, instant vanilla pudding and chunk pineapple.
Pour into a cinnamon, vanilla wafer crust and freeze for a delicious dessert to serve your family or guest on a short notice.
Serve frozen or thaw before serving for an awesome dining experience!
This dessert is generally thought of as a Summer dessert. However, it can be eaten in colder weather (preferable somewhat thawed) the same as ice cream.
Mix together vanilla wafer crumbs, softened butter and cinnamon.
Can mix the ingredients right in the pie pans themselves.
Press crumbs against the sides and bottom of the pans making a well for the pie filling.
(I use plastic wrap over the pie shell to prevent having to get my hands messy pressing the crumbs.)
Set aside a few minutes to pudding let thicken up
Prepare instant vanilla pudding mix and set aside.
Whip cold whipping cream on high speed in stand mixer until peaks form.
Add thickened pudding to mixer and whip until very light.
You want a lot of air whipped in this mixture like you would whip ice cream ingredients to make them as light as possible.
Prepare your drained pineapple chunks.
At this point you can fold them into your mixing bowl mixture or cut the chunks in half or quarters, then fold them into mixture.
*You can substitute drained crushed pineapple. However, I have found if you use chunks, even when cup up in smaller pieces, that the flavor in improved.
This is because the "cream" takes on a taste similar to homemade Mascarpone cheese when separated from the pineapple flavor, in my opinion.
Gently fold in the pineapple and pour into the two pie pans.
Place pies in freezer and freeze several hours until hardened or overnight.
If planning to serve frozen pie pieces, it is best to cut the pie into pieces when it has frozen enough to hold it's shape and wrap each pie separately.
If planning to serve thawed, take from the freezer and place in refrigerator to thaw out slowly.
You can serve frozen straight from the freezer or partially thawed.
I prefer to let the pie thaw several hours in the refrigerator before serving, when time allows to enhance the flavors.
As you can see, this luscious pie can be served anytime, with short notice.