This post has been sponsored by High Road Ice Cream. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Apple Pie Sundae – High Road Cinnamon Crumble Ice Cream is topped with caramelized cinnamon apples, pie crust chips, and caramel sauce to make for a fun way to eat your favorite pie!
Who’s loving National Ice Cream month so far?! *raises both hands*
We’re into week two of this glorious month and I’m bring you the first sundae recipe. Last year, I shared this Elvis Ice Cream Sundae, which was one of the most decadent things I’ve ever made. I mean, vanilla ice cream covered in caramelized bananas, peanut butter sauce, and crumbled bacon?! There’s nothing more indulgent than that!
This year’s sundae recipe is also made with caramelized fruit. But this time, I’m working with apples to make a sweet and spicy treat: my yummy Apple Pie Sundae!
This apple pie was inspired by a couple different things – my Salted Caramel Apple Pie Parfaits that I posted about last summer and a killer dessert that I had earlier this year at a restaurant. The dessert combined cinnamon ice cream and caramelized apples and was pretty yummy. But I couldn’t help but think that I could easily take this dessert up a few notches with some minor improvements.
This first thing I added was pie crust chips. I used pie crust chips in this dessert dip recipe last fall. So flaky and cinnamony and you don’t have to bake a whole pie to make them! I just use the premade dough rounds that you find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, bake those up, and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.
Next, I added caramel sauce. If you’ve seen any of the apple pie recipes on my blog, you’ll notice that I almost always pair them with salted caramel sauce. There’s just something about caramel sauce that takes apples to a whole other level. For this recipe, I was lazy and didn’t feel like making my own salted caramel so I just used a store bought version this time. We’re already making the apples and the pie crust so don’t judge me!
Speaking of the apples, they are so so simple to caramelize on the stove top. Some people like to make them in a crock pot and let them cook for a long time. But I wanted these apples to still have some bite to them after cooking. Therefore, I just cooked them on the stove for 8-1o minutes to get that gorgeous color and flavor but not be all mushy and stuff.
And finally – the ice cream.
As you know from last week’s post, I am obsessed with High Road Craft Ice Cream. They released some new flavors this year, including their Cinnamon Crumble, which has been an instant favorite in my house. My husband calls it the ice cream that tastes “leftover cinnamon cereal milk.” As that is one of his favorite things in the world, I cannot imagine a higher compliment from him.
The cinnamon flavor in the ice cream is the perfect compliment to the caramelized apples so I knew that was the ice cream I needed for this sundae. Plus, you just cannot get any better than those cinnamon crumbles in the ice cream!
Making a sundae is pretty simple once you have all the ingredients ready to go. So the tips I have for you today are for the homemade ingredients that we’re making for this sundae:
- I find that the pie crust pieces work best when they’re super crispy. Therefore, do not remove them from the oven until they’re nice and golden brown. If they’re too soft, they’ll just fall apart in the sundae.
- I cut the pie dough into strips for baking instead of smaller pieces because I wanted to break the pieces up for serving once they were baked. I like the look of broken pieces in a sundae than perfectly sliced rectangles of crust.
- It’s important to dice your apples the same size so that they cook evenly in the saute pan. You don’t want some firm pieces mixed in with some mushy pieces. No bueno.
- I learned that cooking apples in a cast-iron or similar uncoated pan (i.e. not a non-stick pan) yields the best color on the apples. I cooked them in a non-stick pan once and they just never browned like I wanted them too. If you have options for your saute pan, I definitely recommend using your cast-iron for the apples.
And just like that, you’ve got yourself the first sundae recipe for National Ice Cream Month! Let me know what you think about it in the comments below. And if you get a chance to try the Cinnamon Crumble ice cream, let me know, too!
Don’t forget to check out all the incredible flavors from High Road Craft Ice Cream. To see where you can find this ice cream in your area, make sure to use this store locator on their website.
Apple Pie Sundae
To assemble sundaes:
- 2 pints High Road Cinnamon Crumble Ice Cream
- caramelized cinnamon apples (recipe below)
- cinnamon sugar pie crust chips (recipe below)
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce
- whipped cream for topping sundaes
- cinnamon for dusting on top
For caramelized cinnamon apples:
- 2 large granny smith apples
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
For the pie crust chips:
- 1 round sheet pie crust dough unbaked
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoons butter salted, melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
To make the apples:
- Peel and dice apples into even pieces. Place a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add butter. Once butter has melted, add apples and cook for 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and spices and stir to combine.
- Stir cornstarch and water together in a measuring cup. Pour over apple mixture in skillet. Stir to combine. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until mixture has thickened and turned gooey. Remove from heat.
To make the pie chips:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out dough sheet onto prepared baking sheet. Brush dough with egg wash (made with 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon of water). Slice dough into strips and separate them about an inch apart.
- Bake dough strips in preheated oven for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven. Brush tops with melted butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over melted butter. Set aside to let pie crust cool and let butter set.
- Once cooled, break pie crust into pieces. Now they're ready to use in the sundae!
To assemble sundaes:
- Scoop ice cream into dish (no more than 1 cup). Add caramelized cinnamon apples, a sprinkle of pie crust chips, and a few drizzles of caramel sauce. Finish with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Makes 4 sundaes.
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