Delicious Baked Alaska Recipe

Baked Alaska
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Baked Alaska Dessert


Baked Alaska is an American dessert that is made by placing ice-cream in a dish, lining it with sponge cake and topping it with pieces of meringue. Though this dish is placed in an oven heated to a very high temperature, the ice-cream is prevented from melting by the meringue, which acts as an insulator.


In 1876, Alaska became part of United States territory, and an establishment known as Delmonico's Restaurant celebrated this fact by serving a dish called "Baked Alaska." This restaurant is credited with coining the term.

Baked Alaska

Sponge, ice-cream and meringue come together in this recipe to create one fantastically delicious dish. It's quick and easy to prepare and bake, and can be served at almost any event. It's especially suitable for any summertime celebration.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 1 (8 inch) round Alaska

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts vanilla ice-cream, softened
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) pack white cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
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Instructions

  1. Use tinfoil to line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch round mixing bowl and fill it with the ice-cream, which should be packed firmly into place, then cover the bowl and put it in the freezer until it has become firm.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175 °C), and grease and flour an 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan.
  3. Prepare the cake mix with the almond extract and egg, then pour the resulting batter into the baking pan you prepared in step 2.
  4. Follow the package instructions detailing how to bake the cake mix.
  5. Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl then beat them together until stiff peaks form in the mixture.
  6. Position the sponge cake in the centre of a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and turn the ice-cream out on top of it.
  7. Spread the meringue quickly over the ice-cream and cake, making sure to cover the Alaska entirely, then freeze it for a further 2 hours.
  8. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C)
  9. Place the Alaska on your oven's lowest shelf, bake it for 8 - 10 minutes and serve it up immediately.

Notes & Tips

-In step 1, it will take about 8 hours for the ice-cream to become completely firm.

-In step 4, you will know the sponge cake is ready if it springs back up when pressed.

-In step 9, you will know the Baked Alaska is ready when it has browned lightly.

-It is very important that you completely cover the Baked Alaska with meringue, otherwise the ice-cream will not be insulated properly and will melt in the oven.

-Next time you decide to make Baked Alaska, try using a different flavour of ice-cream, such as chocolate.

-Similarly, why not try using chocolate sponge instead of white next time? This would taste excellent when combined with mint chocolate chip ice-cream.

-If you want to add a fruity taste to this dessert, spread some jam or raspberry sauce over the bottom of the sponge layer before placing it over the ice-cream.

-To avoid throwing out the unused egg yolks, try using them to make a custard, which you could spread between the cake's layers.

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Cassandra Goduti 4 years ago from Guilford, Connecticut

Looks yummy!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, this sounds delicious! Baked Alaska has quite a daunting reputation for difficulty of preparation, but your instructions make it seem doable...and yummy. Thank you!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Looks pretty easy.I have never made it, I figured it would be so hard. It's such a romantic sounding dessert, I may give it a whirl! Thanks!


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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

I have got to try this. I was hub hopping and got taken in by the yummy photo


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blaeberry 4 years ago from Scotland

I love Baked Alaska but have never tried making it at home. Thanks for the recipe. I will give this a try


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Thank you, Cassandra. It is. I'd definitely recommend it.


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

@Blaeberry

This was my first time trying Baked Alaska, and I agree with you. It's delicious.

Thank you for stopping by to read and comment.


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe, Vespawoolf. To be honest, I had to try making it twice. The first time it didn't work out because I hadn't covered it properly with meringue. If you do decide to try it out, don't forget to use plenty of meringue, otherwise the ice-cream will melt while baking.


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Go for it, Rebecca! As I've said, it took me two tries to get it to turn out right. Just keep in mind to completely cover the Alaska with meringue, even if it does seem like a lot. Best of luck with it.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Okay, thanks for the tip! BTW, I like that you use cake mix. It makes the recipe seem more doable. : )


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks for commenting, Scarlet. If you do try it, good luck, and I hope you enjoy.


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

@Vespawoolf

It made it easier for me, but there's definitely nothing stopping you making the sponge cake section from scratch if you want. :3


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Or homemade a brownie!


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

That to, Vespa. That would be pretty delicious, actually.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

I remember in Home Ec many years a go a group of us made a baked Alaska pie, it was a bit different than your recipe. One of the girls kept piling ice cream on and I told her it was too much. She said, "You can never have too much."

Well, yes you can and we had to clean the oven after it overflowed making a huge mess.

This one looks delicious and a great dessert for the summer time.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

I'm amazed at the variety of Baked Alaska recipes there are. Some have white cake, some have chocolate, most have vanilla ice cream, others use a different flavor...the common thread-they all look delicious. :) Thanks for sharing. UP/U

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