Fourth of July Ice Cream Pie

Celebrate Independence Day the way our forefathers intended, with cake flavored ice cream and syrupy fruit. Berries are abundant, ripe and tart this time of year and are perfect complements to the sweet dairy and a crumbly graham cracker crust of this red, white and blue frozen confection. I wish you all a wonderful, safe and gleefully excessive Fourth.

We’ll be watching the Thomaston parade in the morning, which I’ve been assured is the cutest little small town extravaganza this side of River City. This happens to be Malcolm’s favorite holiday, a splendid combination of hot weather, patriotism, grilling, macaroni salad, wearing sweatshirts as it gets dark, listening to the Boston Pops, drinking many beers, and spectacular displays of pyrotechnics. We feel so happy to be home in Maine to wave our flags and sparklers. Have a blast and eat pie ’til you burst.

Fourth of July Ice Cream Pie


  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 3 cups strawberry short cake ice cream, softened
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Strawberries and raspberries, for garnish
  • Whipped cream


Soften ice cream on the counter. Meanwhile, bring blueberries, sugar and water to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and reduce the fruit, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice and allow the mixture to cool. Spread the ice cream into the pie crust with a rubber spatula and freeze. When the berries cool spread those over the ice cream and place the pie back in the freezer, about three hours. Top with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and raspberries.

Jillian Bedell

Jillian Bedell is a writer and mother living in a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine. She is very good at talking about herself in the third person. She is co-author of Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road. She creates content on the internet, on subjects ranging from summer camps to semi-precious stones to the folklore of food. With Malcolm, Jillian was one of the original “Insiders,” for the Visit Maine tourism campaign. She loves telling the stories of her adopted state, finding out-of-the-way places, and people making interesting things. Watching her daughters play in the wild woods and fields of Cushing makes her very happy.


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