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Dessert for the Dog Days

Ice cream cakes are a summer delight

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Ice cream cakes like this grasshopper pie are ideal summer desserts. — Photo by: StockFood/Getty Images

Victorians made desserts called "bombes," ice cream and fruit molded into beautiful shapes. In the Renaissance, "trifles" made of cream fillings layered with cookies or cake became popular. And in the modern era, summer calls for ice cream, but sometimes a bowl of even your favorite flavor just doesn't seem special enough.

See also: Ice cream and other summer treats

Ice cream pies and ice cream cakes have a history of popularity in America, special enough to serve on a birthday but still casual enough for a barbecue or pool party. Beloved by young and old alike, ice cream pies are fun and easy to make. Here are 10 recipes for ice cream pies and related desserts, including French profiteroles and Italian semifreddo.  

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie With Hot Fudge Sauce, Cajeta and Salty Spanish Peanuts by Nancy Silverton: "Dulce de leche" translates into "sweet milk," although the consistency is more like a thick, creamy caramel sauce. The "cajeta" in this ice cream pie recipe is Mexico's take on dulce de leche, made tangy from goat's milk.

Mississippi Mud Pie by Julie Hasson: Like red velvet cake, Mississippi mud pie is a southern dessert that's enjoyed a recent rediscovery across the country. In this version, choose from Bourbon Fudge Sauce, Hot Fudge Sauce of Chocolate Caramel Sauce to indulge your craving.

Rocky Road Sundae Pie by Beth Allen: Marshmallows, toasted pecans and chocolate: a combination to prompt nostalgic summertime memories. Make sure to let the pie stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.

Baked Alaska by Judith Choate and James Canora: Baked Alaska consists of layers of cake and ice cream in a pie dish, topped with meringue and baked briefly until the meringue is browned. This version calls for a devil's food cake and dulce de leche ice cream. 

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