Why Make Orange Creamsicle Pie?
WHY NOT!??? Just kidding, but really, so many reasons. Let’s start with a few:
- Firstly, who did not love a creamsicle/or dreamsicle pop (I honestly have no idea what the difference is, or even if there is one; however I have heard them called by both names while seemingly being the exact same item). But, I just know they were fairly universally loved throughout childhood.
- This is an INSANELY easy dessert, made super pretty by some candied fruit slices. The added benefit of the fruit slices is the easy portioning! 8 candied fruit slices, 8 slices of pie= no extreme portions, no mini slices. Everyone is happy!
- This is a nice, cool dish for Summer, the ice-based pie will be very refreshing in the warmer months.
Options for Orange Creamsicle Pie?
Honestly, more than you might suspect. I have a bunch of ideas to remix or swap up this dish, let’s go:
- First, the crust. I made this pie as a homemade graham cracker crust. I’ll be honest though, that wasn’t the plan….we managed to drop the original crust to unrepairable levels, but, hey, that is life, right? So, we put together the crust that appears in the recipe. I will tell you that this dish will also work out very well in other, non-homemade graham cracker crust options which include:
- Pre-made graham cracker crust
- Traditional pie-crust (cooked according to directions)
- Oreo-pie crust
- NO crust, just make it an ice cream dish
- Swap the flavors. The Creamsicle/Dreamsicle is the traditional, by why end there. There are plenty of options that could easily mix up this pie for a delicious dessert you may love. What about:
- Raspberry Sorbet
- Lime Sorbet, or
- Rainbow Sorbet
- Leave all else the same and you have a brand new dessert!
- Toppings, the candied orange slices are just the beginning. Check out some other topping options:
- Dried Chili Mango Slices can add a bit of spice to the top of your otherwise sweetly cool pie.
- Use Gummy Fruit Rings instead. These come in a variety of flavors and can give an awesome, bull’s eye effect to the top of your pie and can be customized with your favorite colors or flavors, keeping it an easy, beautiful dish, that again meets our goal of “simple dish, looks AMAZING!”
- Use fresh fruit. Slime slices or oranges (or for other flavors, limes, lemons, strawberries, etc).
What dishes would go well with Orange Creamsicle Pie?
Basically ALL of Summer! True, but let’s get a bit more specific. Here are a few dishes I think would make a great main course before serving this as dessert:
- Lemon Roasted Mixed Vegetables served with some couscous, rice or noodles would be a perfectly light set-up for this pie.
- Instant Pot Veggie Fajitas is another light, easy recipe that will be perfect for an easy warmer-night meal.
- Creamy Kale Pasta is about as healthy as you can make a pasta dish. Lighten it up with additional veggies or a salad on the side. This dish if flavorful and ready for warmer days!
- Pepper Mango Fajitas are a perfectly Summer ready dish. They are light, easy and totally customizable. The Creamsicle pie would be the perfect finish for this dish.
- 8 honey graham crackers crushed
- 2 Tbsp butter melted
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream softened
- 1 pint orange sherbet softened
- 1-2 cups cool whip thawed
- 8+ Candied Orange Fruit Slices
- Heat oven t0 350. Spray a 9" pie pan with cooking spray.
- Mix graham cracker crumbs with the butter in a medium bowl. Press the crumbs in the bottom of a pie pan and up the sides. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely. * Alternately, buy a premade crust and skip the step.
- Spread the cooled vanilla ice cream into the bottom of the crust. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm.
- Spread the sherbet over the ice cream, freeze for 1 hour or until firm.
- Top with dots of the cool whip around the edges and the candied fruit slices ringed around the pie.