December 22, 2009

Cranberry-Pistachio Ice Cream Cake

Cranberry-Pistachio Ice Cream Cake veganized
Red cranberries and green pistachios in this ice cream cake beautifully exhibit the colors of the season.

Prep time: 30 minutes plus chilling, freezing and standing, Cooking time: 12 minutes

1 1/2 cups crushed vegan chocolate cream-filled cookies
1/4 cup vegan butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
6 cups vegan vanilla ice cream, softened, divided
1/2 cup chopped pistachios, divided

1. Grease a 9-inch springform pan. Combine crushed cookies and butter; press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Freeze until firm, 1 hour.

2. Combine cranberries, corn syrup, sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook over medium heat until berries pop, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender; cover and process until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Refrigerate 30 minutes, until cooled, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove crust from freezer. Spread with half of the ice cream. Set aside 1/4 cup cranberry puree. Pour remaining puree over ice cream. Set aside 1 tablespoon nuts; sprinkle remaining nuts over puree. Freeze 30 minutes, until firm.

4. Layer with remaining 3 cups ice cream, 1/4 cup cranberry puree and 1 tablespoon nuts. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 6 hours, until firm. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.

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