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Rocky Road Sundae Pie Recipe

Course: Dessert
Total Time: Under 4 Hours
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Inexpensive
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Rocky Road Sundae Pie

Photo by: Beth Galton

This pie is reminiscent of the chunky "rocky" candy made of marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate. To cut the fat and calories, use nonfat or low-fat ice cream to make the Rocky Road Filling and omit the nuts.

Yield: Makes one 10-inch deep-dish pie


For the rocky road filling:

  • 1 pint coffee ice cream
  • 3 pints chocolate ice cream, divided
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows (about 2 ounces)
  • ¾ cup chopped toasted pecans (see Notes)

For the hot fudge sauce:

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • ½ cup cold heavy (whipping) cream
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (not margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter a freezer-proof 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Press the crumb mixture over the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes or until set. Cool.

2. Soften the coffee ice cream (see Notes) and spread into the cooled crust. Place in the freezer to harden for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, soften 1 pint of the chocolate ice cream in a large bowl. Stir in the marshmallows and pecans. Spread on top of the coffee layer. Cover and freeze 15 minutes more.

3. Scoop the remaining 2 pints chocolate ice cream on top of the pie, mounding the scoops high in the center to resemble a "bed of rocks." Wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours. Store in the freezer. To slice, let the pie stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes (see Baker’s Tip in Notes).

4. Meanwhile, chop the chocolate for the Hot Fudge Sauce. In a heavy saucepan, heat the cream, com syrup, and salt over medium heat just until bubbles start to form around the edge (do not boil). Add the chocolate, butter, and vanilla and heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. To serve, spoon a little of the hot sauce onto the bottom of each dessert plate. Top with a slice of pie and drizzle more sauce over the top.


Toasting Nuts:

A great topping for ice cream pies. If the recipe calls for chopped nuts, chop them first before toasting them. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a shallow baking pan with ½-inch sides. Toast in a 350°F oven for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing the nuts often with a metal spatula. Watch closely; nuts can burn quickly. 

Baker's Tip:

To serve a frozen ice cream pie or whipped cream pie, let the pie stand in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving, or at roam temperature for 15 minutes. To cut the pie, use a slicing knife with a long thin straight blade, dipped in hot water.

Softening Ice Cream:

Ice cream too hard to scoop out? Loosen the cover of the container and set it on an angle. Microwave the ice cream in its container on High for 4 to 5 seconds.

To soften ice cream enough to spread into a pie, microwave the ice cream on medium, right in its container. Check and stir every 20 seconds, until the ice cream softens throughout, just until it reaches spreading consistency. Watch carefully, as it should not be allowed to melt.

Storing Fudge Sauce:

Fudge sauce left over? It stores well in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. To serve, spoon the sauce into a small microwave-proof bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and warm in the microwave on High for 1½ to 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Or place in a small saucepan and stir over Medium-Low heat for 4 to 5 minutes.

© 1998 Beth Allen Associates, Inc.

1/12 pie = 396 calories, 29 g fat (12 g saturated), 59 mg cholesterol, 55 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 246 mg sodium, 1g fiber





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