Thursday, May 12, 2011

Baked Alaska

I love the fun in this dessert! Who would have thought that you can put ice cream in the oven? The trick is to make sure the ice cream is totally sealed with the meringue. This is better than an ice cream cake.

Ingredients:

Base (sponge cake):
3 eggs
6 Tbsp sugar
6 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp baking cocoa

Filling:
6 cups ice cream - double chocolate almond or any favorite

Meringue:
3 - 4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease 8 inch round pan. Line with wax paper (use bottom of pan to make template and cut out) and grease again. If you use a Springform, only grease well, you do not need to line.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa together and carefully fold into eggs.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until springy to touch. Turn out on wire rack and peel back wax paper, if using. Cool.
  5. Meanwhile, allow ice cream to soften in fridge.
  6. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar and continue beating until thick and glossy . . . peaks form when lifting beaters.
  7. Place the cake in a pie plate to serve like pie or on a baking sheet on parchment paper, so you can transfer it to a serving plate later.
  8. Pile ice cream in a dome shape on top of cake.
  9. Spread the meringue over the ice cream, making sure it is completely enclosed. Swirl and dab with back of spoon for design. At this point, freeze the cake until just before serving.
  10. Return to 425 F oven for 7 minutes, until meringue is just golden. Serve immediately.
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13 comments:

  1. Simple & easy - and yes, certainly fun too! I've never tried making a baked Alaska before (& I've even lived in Alaska!), but you make it look so simple, I believe I'm gonna have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I haven't made baked Alaska in years...but this looks most appealing! And like the first commenter said...you make it look easy.

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  3. This looks doable and I've always wanted to try making a baked Alaska--now I WILL!!! Love the new cookbook--it is beautiful and classy--just like all of you ladies!!

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  4. One of my favorite looking treats.

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  5. I was around 10 when my father first made this dessert at our house. I thought it was the coolest thing ever that my dad put ice cream in the oven and it turned into this magical mound of loviness! It looks amazing!

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  6. i just stumbled upon your blog while searching the Internet for one of my grandmother's recipes (from the sommerfeld mennonite church in manitoba). thank you so much for this wonderful resource!

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  7. Thank you for this recipe, Anneliese. I have always been intrigued by Baked Alaska, but could never figure out how to make and put on the meringue while hosting a children's birthday party. Now the children are grown and I read that you can make it AHEAD of time, including meringue and put in freezer...wow!
    My son is going to have a special surprise for his 21st birthday this weekend. Thanks to all of you for this wonderful blog!!

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  8. well,well, great to see you up and running(LOL) THIS BAKED ALASKA AM MAKING FOR SURE WHEN ITS A LITTLE WARMER OUT WINNIPEG, HAVE A GREAT WEEK-END.

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  9. Ohh .. this used to be an oft made dessert in my kitchen! I haven't made it for a long time! Yours looks sooo good...

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  10. I was a recipient of this dessert. It is amazing...On my Disney Cruise, we were given Baked Alaska one evening...I tasted it and passed it along...It did not agree to the one Anneliese hosted.
    This is worth all the effort.

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  11. This looks just incredible!! Who knew that ice-cream could be baked in the oven?! I will have to try this one day soon...!

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