Apple Pie Ice Cream

Another classic, this time both the novel and the recipe. Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is on plenty of high school reading lists and is pretty essential when it comes to discussing the beatnik culture of the 50’s and 60’s. Amidst all of the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” Kerouac discusses on his famous road trip across the U.S., his love for this classic dessert remains a constant and, if anything, becomes more and more pronounced. I know everyone has had apple pie in their lifetime, but sometimes you need to revisit the classics. There’s nothing better to celebrate a trip across America than a classic American apple pie paired with some vanilla ice cream. And making it for yourself instead of the traditional store-bought is always a bonus. If that’s still too dull, the recipe I have below is for an apple pie flavored ice cream, just to change it up a bit, but still give you the same sense of “home” Kerouac seems to find while on the road.

The Quote

“I ate another apple pie and ice cream; that’s practically all I ate all the way across the country, I knew it was nutritious.”

The Recipe


8 oatmeal or sugar cookies (crushed)

2 tablespoons melted butter

2 large apples (peeled, cored and sliced)

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 cups whipping cream

1 1/2 cups half and half

1 cup white sugar

3 eggs (beaten)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1/4 cup dulce de leche or caramel ice cream topping


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)

Mix the crushed cookies with 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and press onto a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes, then remove, allow to cool completely, then crumble

Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the apples, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook until the apples have lightly browned, and the sugar has begun to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan, and allow to cool completely

Combine cream, half and half, 1 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a large bowl; mix to blend well. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions

When the ice cream has finished, stir in the crumbled cookie, caramelized apples, and walnuts. Add the dulce de leche by the teaspoon while stirring to evenly distribute


Original recipe can be found here


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