Mangoland Series: Mango Ice-cream Pie

“Alright”, he said. “I can have a piece.” He was quite a bit distracted by whatever he was doing on his phone, while relaxing on the big brown couch in the office room, so he didn’t glance the plate I was offering until it was right in front of his eyes. I noticed his pupils dilating as he looked into the bright orange color on top of the dessert. “This may be a good sign”, I thought. And I kept observing from my seat the development of this story. I saw him smoothly sliding the fork down into the silky filling until he reached the golden crust. “Hummm”, he mumbled. I frozen my eye on it, but didn’t articulate a word. Instead, patiently I wait. And, oh boy, he took his time to finish it. But I was seeing the crust growing in the bottom of the plate while the rest was disappearing and I was intrigued. “So, how is it?”, I couldn’t wait any longer. “Ha? This is an ice-cream?” “It’s an ice-cream pie”, I replied. “Oh, it’s soooo good!, he said” I was somewhat skeptical: “Really? But what’s wrong with the crust? You’re not eating it altogether…” “This cookie bottom? It’s awesome and I want to savor it by itself”. Aww, great! Another spectator of this domestic scene, the little girl was asking for her piece too. “Gelado manga!” (mango ice-cream). I served her a slice and asked: “Do you like it?” “E bom”, she replied in her good Portuguese. And right after, she said “mais.” (more). I couldn’t help but smile.

What’s better than mango ice-cream and mango sorbet? Hard to decide? How about having both together in a pie? Good news, that was exactly my thought and I was accomplished to see my best “taste-testers” agreeing with me. When nature is so generous that allows you to cut 8 cups of mangoes in just one day, you bet imagination is the limit. If you’ve been reading this mangoland series, you know we’re enjoying the best local summer fruit: the Merritt Island mango, in all its varieties. I told you about it here, here and there.

The crust is a mix between the crunchy Maria cookies (though you can use graham crackers or homemade cookies as well) and whole almonds (with skin). If you’re wondering why I prefer the whole almonds to the blanched ones, see my reasons in this post.

While they were finishing their slices, I went ahead and cut a serving for myself. This mangoes are so good, I just kept thinking on another mango trip that would follow. Pretty soon, because I want to enjoy this mango happy land to the fullest.

Mango Ice-cream Pie
Serves 10
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Prep Time
5 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
5 hr 10 min
Prep Time
5 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
5 hr 10 min
For the pie crust
  1. 12 Maria cookies
  2. 6 Tbsp butter, softened
  3. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 cup almonds
For the pie filling
  1. 3 cups mango purée
  2. 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
For the pie topping
  1. 3/4 cups mango purée
  2. juice of 1/2 lime
  3. 1 Tbsp natural cane sugar
  4. 3 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a food processor, add all the crust ingredients (cookies, butter, cinnamon and almonds).
  3. Pulse until fine crumbs.
  4. Press this mixture onto the bottom of a pre-greased with butter 9-inch pie pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool while you make the filling.
  7. In a blender, add the filling ingredients (mango purée, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk) and blend until combined.
  8. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 1 or 2 hours.
  9. After chilled, transfer to a ice-cream maker and proceed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  10. When the ice-cream is churned, after about 20 minutes, pour the ice-cream into the pie pan, on top of the cool crust.
  11. Place the pan in the freezer while making the topping.
  12. To make the topping, mix all the topping ingredients (mango purée, lime juice, sugar and water) in a blender.
  13. Remove the pie pan from the freezer, pour the topping all over the top and place back in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
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6 Responses to Mangoland Series: Mango Ice-cream Pie

  1. flyer printing at #

    Looks so great! Bet it taste heavenly! I would try this one for the weekend, my husband have been excited about weekends for I get to prepare dessert and this is so perfect!

  2. oh my goodness. i mean seriously, this looks AMAZING! My favourite summer time treat is mango sorbet, and this looks like my utter dreammmm :) I love your photos, absolutely stunning, i need this pie in my life!

  3. What a great idea! It looks beautiful and I bet it tastes amazing. Plus, it’s so much healthier than any store bought ice cream cake.

  4. Fatima at #

    Great recipe :) but is there a way to still make it if I have no ice-cream maker.

    • Hi Fatima! Of course there is. The ice-cream maker just churns it better. But you can just skip the ice-cream maker and freeze the mango purée in any freezing container. Just make sure it won’t get too hard or it will be difficult to transfer it to the pie afterwards. Let me know how if that works for you. Thanks!

      • Fatima at #

        Thanks a lot, I will try the recipe soon. Excited!