by Lauren Chattman
Traditional icebox pies have been favorites at backyard barbecues and family gatherings for decades, but few people know what an icebox pie really is. They are simple pies that require no rolling of pastry dough—the crusts are made from cookie crumbs and quickly crisped in the oven; the fillings are uncooked or prepared on the stovetop; and the pies set in the refrigerator or freezer for a few hours before being served. It may seem too good to be true, but Lauren Chattman proves that these pies are really that simple. Icebox Pies: 100 Scrumptious Recipes for No-Bake No-Fail Pies has delicious and varied recipes that range from classic to exotic, with everything in between. Accompanied by 25 stunning full-color photos, Chattman's recipes are sure to be the hit of every outdoor party and barbecue.
Chattman starts her exploration of icebox pies with a chapter on crusts. Although they are all simple to prepare, Chattman's recipes range from Classic Graham Cracker Crust to Amaretti Crust and from Chocolate Cookie Crust to Sugar Cone Crust (perfect for ice cream icebox pies). After crusts come the fillings themselves: mousse, pudding. And custard pies; chocolate-based pies; fruit- and cream pies; ice cream and sorbet pies; and more. Although appropriate—and delicious—all year 'round, icebox pies are especially welcome in the warmer months when the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. Try Gianduia Pie to dazzle guests at your next dinner party or Triple Chocolate Mint Pie to impress your favorite chocolate lover. Classic flavor combinations shine in icebox pies like Milk Chocolate and Cherry Pie, Mango and Coconut Ice Cream Pie, and Black Bottom Butterscotch Pudding Pie. and more exotic ones shine too in White Chocolate Tapioca Pie with Mangoes, Chocolate and Honey Pudding Pie, and Cranberry and Butterscotch Chip Ice Cream Pie. Chattman finishes off with toppings to dress up your icebox pies. She offers tidbits and tips throughout to make shopping and assembling as easy as possible.
100 Scrumptious Recipes for No-Bake No-Fail Pies
by Lauren Chattman
Harvard Common Press
$16.95 (U.S.) paperback
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