For crust, in a medium bowl
, combine the cracker crumbs, 6 tablespoons butter and the 1/4 cup
sugar. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate to form a firm, even crust. Bake in a 350 degree F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on a wire rack.
For Praline Topping, butter a baking sheet; set aside. In a heavy medium skillet
melt 1/2 cup sugar over medium-high heat, shaking skillet occasionally to heat sugar evenly. Do not stir. Heat until some of the sugar is melted; begin to stir only the melted sugar to keep it from over-browning. Stir the melted sugar into the remaining sugar as it melts. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue to cook until all the sugar is melted and golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon butter to melted sugar in skillet, stirring until butter melts and mixture is combined. Remove from heat; add nuts
, stirring to coat. Pour nut mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and cool completely. Using you hands, break the praline topping into small pieces. Transfer to a food processor
. Cover and pulse until chopped.
For filling, in a heavy medium saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add 1/4 cup of the milk and whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add the chocolates and the remaining 3/4 cup milk. Cook and stir over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until the mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove pan from the heat.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg until lightly beaten. Gradually stir about 1/4 cup of the hot filling into the egg, whisking constantly until well combined. Return egg mixture to the saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is slightly thickened and just begins to bubble (about 1 minute). Transfer the filling to a medium bowl; cool 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir whipping cream and vanilla into cooled filling. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours until well chilled.
Freeze filling in a 1- to 2-quart ice cream freezer according to the manufacturers instructions until frozen but soft and spreadable. Transfer the ice cream to the prepared crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the praline topper. (Store remainder in airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks to top ice cream or other desserts.) Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze at least 4 hours or until firm.
To serve, let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Garnish with whipped cream. (The pie can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 week covered tightly in plastic wrap and then wrapped in foil.) Makes 8 to 10 servings.
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Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet