April 4, 2013

Turtle Pie

Welcome to day three of the recipe share from the Gooseberry Patch cookbook Game Day Fan Fare Early Bird Review!

When I told the kiddos that we were having Turtle Pie for dessert they were a bit hesitant.  Hubby asked if it was snapper or box.  Ha!  Well rest assured...it's not that kind of turtle pie.

Two of our girls helped (they didn't get in the pictures this time) and they thought it was super easy!

Edited to add...
A few people had issues with it being called Turtle Pie since there isn't any chocolate in it or on it.  

Here are my thoughts:
a) I just copied the recipe out of the book and made it.  Sounded good.  It was.
b) Sandy R. shared this on Gooseberry Patch's facebook page and I found the same thing on the internet. "Turtle pie came from an old restaurant chain called "the velvet turtle", it was an old school steakhouse that mostly catered to older people, lots of prime rib, beef wellington, Cesar salads and
so their signature dessert was a pie with pecan/praline ice cream and a caramel topping." 

Now...you can't believe everything you read on the internet, but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
c)  If you have an issue with eating Turtle Pie without chocolate in it, by all means...add some chocolate.  *smile*

Turtle Pie  (page 216)

1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. chopped nuts (we used pecans)
1/2 c. butter, melted
14-oz. jar caramel topping, divided
2 qts. (8 cups) vanilla ice cream

In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter.  Spread mixture on a lightly greased baking sheet; bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until crisp.  Cool completely.  Crumble crust and transfer to a 9"x13" baking pan, reserving 1/4 cup for topping.  Pour half the jar of caramel over crumbled crust.  Spread ice cream over caramel.  Drizzle with remaining caramel; sprinkle with reserved crust crumbles. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.  Cut into squares.  Serves 24.

*I cooked our crust on 375 for 10 minutes and it got a bit crispier than I'd like so keep an eye on it in the oven since temperatures vary
*Served our family of 11 very well with a bit left over.

It was very delicious!  Think of it as a praline pecan ice cream flavor.  Very yummy!  All thumbs were up at our house!

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Shannon said...

This looks fabulous but you can't call something 'turtle' and not have chocolate in the recipe. :) I'd drizzle it across the top or put chocolate chips on it.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Shannon. No chocolate = not turtle. It kind of just sounds like butter pecan ice cream. Which is also yummy, but turtle it is not.

Carmen at Old House Homestead said...

Hey, ya'll! There were a few issues with this being called Turtle Pie on facebook, too...so I edited the post to explain why (I think) the recipe is called Turtle Pie. I think the back story, assuming it is true, is neat! :)

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