Cake and ice cream dessert topped with meringue -- vary ice cream flavors for your signature dish. I like cherry-burgundy ice cream!
Provided by shirleyo
Categories Desserts Frozen Dessert Recipes Ice Cream Cake Recipes
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round mixing bowl or deep 8-inch square container with foil. Spread ice cream in container, packing firmly. Cover and freeze 8 hours or until firm.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x8 inch pan.
- Prepare cake mix with egg and almond extract. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven according to package instructions, until center of cake springs back when lightly touched.
- Beat egg whites with cream of tartar, salt and sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or heavy brown paper. Place cake in center. Turn molded ice cream out onto cake. Quickly and prettily spread meringue over cake and ice cream, all the way to paper to seal. Return to freezer 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Bake the Alaska on the lowest shelf, 8 to 10 minutes, or until meringue is lightly browned. Serve at once.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 330 calories, Carbohydrate 53.1 g, Cholesterol 40.7 mg, Fat 11.1 g, Fiber 0.7 g, Protein 6 g, SaturatedFat 5.1 g, Sodium 315.1 mg, Sugar 44 g
This is an impressive dessert for any occasion. For Thanksgiving, I make the pumpkin version of this Baked Alaska recipe instead of pumpkin pie. -Linda Sanner, Portage, Wisconsin
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 12 servings.
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Spoon ice cream into a 1-1/2-qt. bowl lined with plastic wrap; freeze until firm. Line a greased 9-in. round baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. Place a clean kitchen towel over a wire rack; dust towel with confectioners' sugar. Set aside., In a large bowl, beat the eggs, 3 tablespoons water and vanilla. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; fold into egg mixture. , Gently spoon into prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately run a knife around edge of pan; invert onto prepared wire rack. Gently peel off waxed paper; cool completely., In a large heavy saucepan, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar and remaining sugar and water; beat on low speed with a portable mixer for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until mixture reaches 160°, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add rum extract; beat until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. , Place cake on an ungreased foil-lined baking sheet; unmold ice cream and place over cake. Immediately spread meringue over ice cream and cake, sealing it to foil; sprinkle with almonds. Freeze until ready to serve, up to 24 hours. , Just before serving, heat with a creme brulee torch or broil on lowest oven rack position for 3-5 minutes or until meringue is light browned. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 225 calories, Fat 6g fat (3g saturated fat), Cholesterol 55mg cholesterol, Sodium 112mg sodium, Carbohydrate 38g carbohydrate (29g sugars, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 5g protein.
BAKED ALASKA SAINT PIERRE
This orange-scented cake-layered with vanilla ice cream and orange sorbet-is frozen, covered in meringue, toasted in a hot oven, and, finally, set on fire.
Categories Dessert Cake Ice Cream Liqueur Egg Bake Summer Jam or Jelly Gourmet Entertaining New Year's Eve
Yield Makes 10 servings
Number Of Ingredients 21
- Make filling:
- Beat marmalade into vanilla ice cream in a bowl with a wooden spoon until combined, then spread in an 8-inch cake pan. Spread sorbet in other 8-inch cake pan. Cover pans with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.
- Make génoise:
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch cake pan and line bottom with a round of parchment or wax paper, then butter paper.
- Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
- Heat eggs and sugar in a large metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water, gently whisking constantly, until lukewarm and sugar is dissolved.
- Remove bowl from pot and add zest and liqueur, then beat with an electric mixer at high speed until very thick, pale, and tripled in volume (about 7 minutes in a stand mixer or 10 minutes with a handheld). If using a tall narrow bowl, transfer to a large wide bowl (to facilitate folding). Resift flour and salt over eggs in 2 batches, folding gently but thoroughly after each batch. Fold butter into about 1 cup batter in a small bowl until just combined, then fold butter mixture into remaining batter gently but thoroughly until just combined. Spread in buttered pan, smoothing top.
- Bake cake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes, then run a thin knife between cake and side of pan and invert rack over cake. Flip cake onto rack and cool completely. Peel off paper.
- Cut cake horizontally in half with a long serrated knife to form 2 layers, then tightly wrap each layer in plastic wrap and freeze 30 minutes.
- Put 1 cake layer on plate or inverted cake pan (at least 10 inches, but small enough to fit in your freezer). Dip pan containing vanilla ice cream mixture in a large bowl of hot water briefly to loosen, 5 to 7 seconds (have a kitchen towel ready to wipe off water), and unmold ice cream onto cake. Top vanilla ice cream layer with second cake layer, cut side up. Unmold sorbet layer onto cake in same manner and freeze ice cream cake until firm, about 1 hour.
- Make meringue:
- Beat egg whites and a pinch of salt in a large bowl with cleaned beaters at moderately high speed until foamy, then add cream of tartar and continue to beat until whites hold soft peaks. Add sugar a little at a time, beating, and continue beating until whites just hold stiff, glossy peaks. Beat in vanilla.
- Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 450°F.
- Transfer frozen cake (still on plate or inverted cake pan) to a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and spread meringue over cake, making it at least 1 inch thick and mounding it on top. Make an indentation with a tablespoon in center of meringue deep enough to fit eggshell. Bake cake until edges are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Carefully transfer cake to a serving plate using 2 metal spatulas and place eggshell in indentation. Pour liqueur into eggshell and carefully ignite with a kitchen match. Spoon flaming liqueur evenly over meringue (flaming liqueur will brown meringue a little more). Remove eggshell and serve baked Alaska immediately.
Provided by Anne Thornton, Host of Dessert First
Yield 10 to 12 servings
Number Of Ingredients 16
- To make the ice cream dome, remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow to soften slightly. Line a 3-quart bowl with plastic wrap. In another bowl, beat the marmalade into the softened vanilla ice cream with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Spoon 2 cups of the orange-vanilla ice cream into the bowl and smooth with a spoon or offset spatula to even. Top with the chocolate ice cream, again smoothing to even, tand hen top the chocolate layer with the remaining 6 cups orange-vanilla ice cream. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and freeze until the ice cream is very hard, at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
- Turn the brownie out onto a large, flat, ovenproof plate. Unmold the ice cream dome on top of the brownie layer. Place the cake back in the freezer. Hold in the freezer until the meringue is ready.
- In electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and cream of tartar for 2 minutes on medium-high speed until fluffy. Increase the speed to high and add the sugar in a slow stream until stiff, glossy peaks form, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the ice cream dome from the freezer. Remove the plastic wrap. Cover the ice cream dome completely with the meringue, using the back of a spoon to make swirly peaks. (Alternately, place the meringue in a pastry bag fitted with a rose tip and pipe spikes for a hedgehog look.) Freeze for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.
- When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Bake until the peaks start to turn a golden brown color, 3 to 5 minutes. For easier slicing, let the cake stand for 30 minutes. Slice and serve.
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment well.
- For your brownie batter, melt your butter in a medium (or large) heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water.
- While the butter is melting, whisk the cocoa powder, sea salt and sugar in a separate bowl. (The sugar and salt will work as abrasive agents to get any lumps out of the cocoa.) Whisk the cocoa/sugar/salt combo into the melted butter until the sugar has dissolved fully. The mixture should look like fudge and pull away from the bowl into a ball. Take off the stove and set the pan on a dishtowel on your counter. Allow the fudgy mixture to cool down until it's warm, but not hot anymore.
- Stir the vanilla into the cooled fudge mixture to loosen it up. Add the eggs into the mixture 1 at a time, adding the second egg after the first egg is fully incorporated. The batter should look shiny and well blended. Add in your flour and stir it until it's fully incorporated. Once it looks fully blended, beat the batter vigorously for at least 45 strokes. This'll not only get out any pent up stress, but it will make the brownies chewy. Fold in your chocolate chips. Spread the thick and fudgy brownie batter evenly in the lined pan with an offset spatula or your greased hands.
- Pop the brownie in the oven and bake until they get a nice crust and your house smells like brownies, 20 to 25 minutes. Let them cool completely on a rack or a dishtowel on your counter.
RON'S BAKED ALASKA
- Place the cake circle on a heat-proof plate. Optionally, sprinkle with liquor of choice or cool coffee.
- Spread the softened ice cream on the cake in a tall dome shape. It's nice to use two different kinds for a surprising effect. Freeze until the ice cream is hard, about 2 hours.
- Cover the cake and ice cream dome completely in a thick layer of Swiss Meringue. Make little peaks all over with the spatula to create a prickly effect, or create swirls with the back of a spoon. At this point, the dessert can be re-frozen for few hours before baking.
- Shortly before serving, place the plate under the broiler (or in a preheated 500 degree F oven). The outer skin of the meringue will turn brown, while maintaining a soft core. The ice cream will remain frozen underneath.
- Place the egg whites and sugar in a large metal mixer bowl set over simmering water. Whisk constantly until the sugar melts and the mixture is very thin and warm. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Continue beating on low speed until cool, about 15 more minutes.
BAKED ALASKA SAINT PIERRE
- Special equipment: 2 (8- by 2-inch) round cake pans; a 9- by 2-inch roundcake pan; a round cake pan or plate at least 10 inches in diameter Makefilling: Beat marmalade into vanilla ice cream in a bowl with a wooden spoonuntil combined, then spread in an 8-inch cake pan. Spread sorbet in other 8-inchcake pan. Cover pans with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours. Make gnoise: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350Â°F.Butter 9-inch cake pan and line bottom with a round of parchment or wax paper,then butter paper. Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Heat eggs and sugarin a large metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water, gently whiskingconstantly, until lukewarm and sugar is dissolved. Remove bowl from pot andadd zest and liqueur, then beat with an electric mixer at high speed until verythick, pale, and tripled in volume (about 7 minutes in a stand mixer or 10minutes with a handheld). If using a tall narrow bowl, transfer to a large widebowl (to facilitate folding). Resift flour and salt over eggs in 2 batches,folding gently but thoroughly after each batch. Fold butter into about 1 cupbatter in a small bowl until just combined, then fold butter mixture intoremaining batter gently but thoroughly until just combined. Spread in butteredpan, smoothing top. Bake cake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted incenter comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes, thenrun a thin knife between cake and side of pan and invert rack over cake. Flipcake onto rack and cool completely. Peel off paper. Cut cake horizontally inhalf with a long serrated knife to form 2 layers, then tightly wrap each layerin plastic wrap and freeze 30 minutes. Put 1 cake layer on plate or invertedcake pan (at least 10 inches, but small enough to fit in your freezer). Dip pancontaining vanilla ice cream mixture in a large bowl of hot water briefly toloosen, 5 to 7 seconds (have a kitchen towel ready to wipe off water), andunmold ice cream onto cake. Top vanilla ice cream layer with second cake layer,cut side up. Unmold sorbet layer onto cake in same manner and freeze ice creamcake until firm, about 1 hour. Make meringue: Beat egg whites and a pinchof salt in a large bowl with cleaned beaters at moderately high speed untilfoamy, then add cream of tartar and continue to beat until whites hold softpeaks. Add sugar a little at a time, beating, and continue beating until whitesjust hold stiff, glossy peaks. Beat in vanilla. Put oven rack in lower thirdof oven and preheat oven to 450Â°F. Transfer frozen cake (still on plate orinverted cake pan) to a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper andspread meringue over cake, making it at least 1 inch thick and mounding it ontop. Make an indentation with a tablespoon in center of meringue deep enough tofit eggshell. Bake cake until edges are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.Carefully transfer cake to a serving plate using 2 metal spatulas and placeeggshell in indentation. Pour liqueur into eggshell and carefully ignite with akitchen match. Spoon flaming liqueur evenly over meringue (flaming liqueur willbrown meringue a little more). Remove eggshell and serve baked Alaskaimmediately. Recipe by: Epicurious.Com
Nutrition Facts : Calories 1320 calories, Fat 48.1143608012815 g, Carbohydrate 189.620455296451 g, Cholesterol 514.535 mg, Fiber 1.47692107532373 g, Protein 37.4013074679415 g, SaturatedFat 26.9622588125 g, ServingSize 1 1 Serving (583g), Sodium 519.172479166175 mg, Sugar 188.143534221127 g, TransFat 4.64158423878154 g
TRADITIONAL BAKED ALASKA
Moist cake is topped with three layers of ice cream and fluffy meringue in this old-fashioned dessert.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Categories Food & Cooking Dessert & Treats Recipes
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray.
- Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and the egg yolks in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; whisk, on medium speed, until pale yellow and thick, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla, and fold in melted chocolate just to combine.
- Combine egg white and a pinch of salt in bowl of electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; whip, on medium speed, until frothy. Add remaining 3 tablespoons sugar; beat until stiff. Fold egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
- Carefully pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake until cake is set and top is dull, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
- Spray a 12-cup bowl with a 9-inch diameter with cooking spray; line with plastic wrap. Pack base of bowl and up the sides with chocolate ice cream; cover with plastic and press with your hands to make an even, smooth layer. Transfer to freezer and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
- Remove plastic wrap and form a layer of vanilla ice cream on top of the chocolate; cover with plastic wrap and press with your hands to make an even, smooth layer. Transfer to freezer and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
- Remove plastic wrap and form a layer of coffee ice cream on top of vanilla, leaving a small well in the center of the coffee layer; add sprinkles to well and cover with plastic wrap. Transfer to freezer and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
- Place cake on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Remove ice cream from freezer and remove plastic wrap; invert bowl over cake. Keep ice cream covered with plastic wrap, and return ice cream cake to freezer.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees (if not using a kitchen torch). Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a large star tip (such as Ateco No. 827), with meringue; pipe onto ice cream in a decorative fashion, or spoon meringue over ice cream and swirl with a rubber spatula. If ice cream starts to soften, return cake to freezer for 15 minutes.
- Using a kitchen torch, heat meringue until it just starts to brown. Alternatively, place in oven and bake until meringue just starts to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to a serving platter, and serve immediately.
Baked alaska was once a restaurant show stopper. A layering of spongecake, ice cream and meringue, it was presented on a tray and flambeed at the table to heat the covering of meringue so you had both warm and cold sensations as you ate it. But some restaurants serve it in individual portions, relying on a blowtorch back in the kitchen to caramelize the meringue. When Amanda Hesser brought this recipe to The Times in 1998, the pastry chef Stacie Pierce of the Union Square Cafe used espresso caramel ice cream instead of vanilla or chocolate and served a big ball of it on top of a tender chocolate souffle cake, rather than the traditional spongecake. The warm and cold effect is the same, and the flavors, sharper and distinct, come across as more mature.
Provided by Amanda Hesser
Categories ice creams and sorbets, dessert
Yield 8 servings
Number Of Ingredients 9
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, and set aside.
- Separate 4 eggs into two bowls. To the yolks add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat until the mixture is thick and pale yellow. Set aside. Using the mixer, whisk the egg whites and a pinch of salt until they hold soft peaks. Slowly add the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar until the whites are stiff and shiny.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold the melted chocolate into the yolk mixture; then, fold the chocolate mixture into the meringue. Do not overmix. Spread the batter in an even layer, about 1/2 inch thick, on the baking sheet. Bake until the cake is spongy and moist, and slightly crisp on top, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Using a 3-inch round cutter, press eight circles of cake. Position circles on a large baking sheet lined with parchment. Place a large scoop of ice cream on each circle. Sprinkle with toasted nuts. Put baking sheet in freezer.
- Separate the 12 remaining eggs, reserving yolks for another use and placing whites in a large bowl. Add a pinch of salt and cream of tartar. Using an electric mixer, whisk until frothy; then, increase speed to high and mix until soft peaks form. Slowly add superfine sugar, whisking until meringue is very stiff. Add remaining teaspoon of vanilla; whisk until blended.
- Fit a pastry bag with a large closed-star tip, and fill the bag with meringue. Remove baking sheet from the freezer. Starting at the base of each cake, pipe rosettes in a circular pattern until cake and ice cream are completely covered. Freeze at least 30 minutes.
- When ready to serve, preheat the broiler. Place baked alaskas under the broiler for 10 to 15 seconds, until meringue is caramelized on the edges. (This may also be done with a kitchen blowtorch.) Transfer to plates, and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 639, UnsaturatedFat 11 grams, Carbohydrate 96 grams, Fat 23 grams, Fiber 2 grams, Protein 16 grams, SaturatedFat 10 grams, Sodium 593 milligrams, Sugar 90 grams, TransFat 0 grams
Make this retro dessert for a festive get-together. With ice cream, fluffy meringue and sponge cake, it's a showstopper - and it's easier to make than it looks
Provided by Esther Clark
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a 20cm cake tin. Beat together the butter and sugar using a hand whisk or freestanding mixer, for 5 mins until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and eggs, then fold through the flour, lemon zest and milk. Spoon the mixture into the tin, smooth over and bake for 18-20 mins until golden and firm to the touch. Leave to cool completely before starting the meringue.
- Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks in a clean bowl, then add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time while whisking continuously, until you have a thick, glossy mixture that holds its shape when the beaters are lifted away from the bowl. Quickly beat in the vinegar.
- Remove the ice cream from the freezer 10 mins before you assemble to soften slightly. Place the sponge on a serving plate. Spread the jam over the top of the sponge in an even layer. Scoop balls of the ice cream into a mound in the middle of the sponge, leaving a 1-2cm gap of sponge around the edge. Gently smooth the side and top of the ice cream with a palette knife. Spoon and swirl the meringue around the outside of the ice cream and cake base with a large spoon. Use a blow torch to evenly brown the outside of the meringue, if you have one. Cut into wedges to serve.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 344 calories, Fat 14 grams fat, SaturatedFat 8 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 49 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 42 grams sugar, Fiber 1 grams fiber, Protein 5 grams protein, Sodium 0.44 milligram of sodium
GRASSHOPPER BAKED ALASKA
Can you believe it? This stunning dessert is completely make ahead, including the meringue. All you need to do is bake it for a few minutes in the oven before serving.-Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 12 servings.
Number Of Ingredients 17
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in sugar. Beat in vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into chocolate mixture. , Transfer to a greased 8-in. round baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely., Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the ice cream, Andes candies, liqueurs and, if desired, food coloring. Transfer to an 8-in. round bowl (1-1/2 qts.) lined with plastic wrap; freeze until set. , In a large heavy saucepan, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. With a hand mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until egg mixture reaches 160°, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; beat until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved., Place brownie on an ungreased foil-lined baking sheet; top with inverted ice cream mold. Remove plastic wrap. Immediately spread meringue over ice cream, sealing to edges of brownie. Freeze until ready to serve, up to 24 hours., Bake at 400° for 2-5 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Transfer to a serving plate; serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 523 calories, Fat 24g fat (16g saturated fat), Cholesterol 94mg cholesterol, Sodium 294mg sodium, Carbohydrate 70g carbohydrate (57g sugars, Fiber 1g fiber), Protein 9g protein.
BAKED ALASKA RECIPE BY TASTY
Here's what you need: vanilla ice cream, strawberry ice cream, chocolate ice cream, butter, sugar, eggs, cake flour, milk, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, vanilla extract
Provided by Alix Traeger
Yield 12 servings
Number Of Ingredients 15
- Wrap a 10-inch (25 cm) freezer-safe bowl in plastic wrap. Scoop the vanilla ice cream into the bowl, and using a spatula smooth the ice cream to form an even layer. Freeze for 1 hour, or until frozen.
- Remove the bowl from the freezer, and scoop the strawberry ice cream onto the frozen vanilla layer. Using a spatula, smooth the strawberry ice cream to form an even layer. Freeze for 1 hour, or until frozen. After the strawberry layer is frozen, repeat with chocolate ice cream.
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
- In a bowl, add the eggs and sugar and whisk until well combined. Add 1 egg and mix until combined. Repeat with remaining eggs, mixing after each egg is added.
- Alternate adding a little bit of flour and milk, whisking after each addition until combined. Repeat until the flour and milk have been used up. The batter should be smooth and creamy.
- Add the baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract and whisk until well combined.
- Pour the batter into a greased and floured 10-inch cake tin and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool completely. Once cool, invert the cake onto a plate and set aside.
- Bring a pan of water to a simmer over medium heat.
- Place a heatproof bowl over the simmering water, and add the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the egg white mixture is warm, about 3 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the pan. Using a hand mixer, beat the egg white mixture until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and mix until just combined.
- Remove the bowl of ice cream from the freezer and gently invert it onto the cake, creating a dome shape. Remove the plastic wrap from the ice cream.
- Working quickly, use a spatula to spread a layer of meringue over the entire cake and ice cream dome so that it's fully coated.
- Using a kitchen torch, brown the peaks of meringue.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 852 calories, Carbohydrate 105 grams, Fat 41 grams, Fiber 1 gram, Protein 16 grams, Sugar 75 grams
BIRTHDAY BAKED ALASKA
Baked alaska is beautiful, elegant and dramatic. It's easy to make; it's convenient (it must be made ahead); it's got ice cream (enough said); it's got meringue - which is the same as saying it's got magic. It looks gorgeous whole and just as gorgeous sliced; it's creamy and icy cold inside, marshmallowy all around and warm on the edges. In other words, it's perfect. This one was made in the colors of the French flag to celebrate the 117th birthday of the French nun, Sister André. Reverse the colors for the Fourth of July - it's what the creator of this recipe, Zoë François, did originally - or use whatever flavors of ice cream you love; the loaf pan will hold 2 quarts.
Provided by Dorie Greenspan
Categories snack, cakes, dessert
Yield 12 servings
Number Of Ingredients 11
- Make the cake: Line a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper, leaving an overhang.
- Put the sliced strawberries, sugar, and lime or lemon juice in a small bowl, stir and set aside for 2 hours while you put together the rest of the cake.
- Each type of ice cream has to be softened before you can use it, so, as you need it, cut it into hunks, put the pieces in a large bowl, and bash and beat them with a sturdy flexible spatula or wooden spoon until spreadable. If you're using homemade ice cream, you can take it straight from the ice cream maker.
- Soften the blueberry ice cream, then spread it evenly over the bottom of the loaf pan. Smooth the top. Cover, and freeze for at least 1 hour.
- Soften the vanilla ice cream, stir in the coconut, then smooth it over the blueberry ice cream. Level the top. Cover, and freeze for at least 1 hour.
- Drain the strawberries. Soften the strawberry ice cream, and stir the berries into it. Spread the ice cream over the vanilla layer, and smooth the top.
- Gently press ladyfingers into the soft ice cream to make a base layer; don't worry if you have some bare spots. Cover, and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours. (You can do this up to 1 week in advance of serving, if you'd like.)
- At least 1 hour (or up to 8 hours) before serving, make the meringue: Bring a few inches of water to a simmer in a large saucepan that can hold the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl that you can use with a hand mixer. Whisk the egg whites and sugar together in the bowl, place the bowl over the water - making sure it's not touching - and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved and smooth. The mixture should be 160 degrees. Don't rush this; it needs about 10 minutes. If necessary, attach the bowl to the mixer, and fit with the whisk. Beat the meringue on medium-high speed for about 6 minutes, or until it's fluffy, glossy and holds stiff peaks.
- Unmold the ice cream cake onto a serving platter, one that is large enough to catch the kirsch, if you're using it, and peel away the plastic or paper. Using a spatula, cover the sides with a thick layer of meringue - creating swirls, if you'd like - and cover the top with a thinner one.
- Now you have a choice: You can pipe meringue spikes over the top, layer more meringue on top, and swirl or spike it with the back of a spoon, or make spikes by hand by pulling it into points with your fingers. Continue until you've got a pattern you like. Freeze the cake for at least 1 hour.
- To finish the cake, use a kitchen torch to brown the meringue on the top of the cake or use flaming kirsch: Put the kirsch in a small pan over low heat for about 2 minutes. Carefully light the kirsch with a long match. Slowly drizzle the flaming alcohol evenly over the entire cake, and watch it toast the meringue. It will burn off on its own.
- Cut into thick slices, and serve immediately. You can keep the cake covered and frozen for a day, but it's at its best the day it is made.
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