Baked Brownie Alaska

This decadent dessert is really quite easy to prepare and will be the star of your evening.

The varying textures and depth of flavor make it a stand out every time it is served.

Surprise someone soon with this tempting treat.

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Baked Alaska is decadent and totally one of life's guilty pleasures. It's combination of textures is one reason it is over the top as a rare culinary experience.

Before you even take a bite, you are hypnotized by the layers of meringue and ice cream. The brownie foundation is one more reason to anticipate that first bite.

It is a dessert you would be thrilled to serve at any dinner party or as a special treat for your family.

Baked Alaska and similar desserts take advantage of the insulating properties of the trapped air in the cellular structure of foams (the meringue and sponge cake) which keeps the heat from reaching the ice cream. In the case of pastry crusts, the combination of air trapped in the layers of pastry and the air space between the pastry crust and the ice cream act as insulation, although not as well as the insulating provided by meringue.

— foodreference.com

My first baked Alaska experience

The very first time I ever had baked Alaska was in Tokyo, Japan, in the club that military personnel could travel to from bases all over Japan to have a weekend of entertainment for little expense.

We were seated and had finished the last of our dinner. The dishes were being taken away and I excused myself to go to the ladies room. The hallways were a-buzz and everyone was moving quickly. I darted around a corner and plunged full force into a mountain of a sumo wrestler, Jesse! I was startled and I believe he was too. I looked up and smiled. He did not speak. He did not need to say anything. His eyes and his face said it all. A look of amusement crept into those sparkling eyes and a smile spread across his face assuring me all was well.

I nodded and continued to mumble apologies and hurried off. I will always associate baked Alaska with the mountain of a man I met that night, my gentle giant.

Cook Time

Prep time: 26 hours
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 26 hours 5 min
Yields: 8 generous servings

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Ingredients

  • 8 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 box brownies, or, your own favorite brownie recipe
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 pint chocolate chunk ice cream, softened

Egg whites are fluffed

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Baked Alaska with a special meringue

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Instructions

  1. Line a 2 quart bowl with cellophane wrap. Scoop a pint of chocolate chunk ice cream into the bowl. Use a plate to smash down the ice cream so it spreads out to the sides of the bowl.
  2. Let freeze overnight. The next morning, soften the vanilla ice cream and follow the same procedure as you did with chocolate. Return to freezer for 6 hours.
  3. Make your favorite brownie recipe or use a brownie mix to make brownies and bake in a 9x13 pan. Bake according to directions and set aside to cool.
  4. When it is near time to serve the dessert, make the meringue. To make the meringue, pour egg whites into mixing bowl and begin mixing. Mix on medium high for about a minute, then add cream of tartar and salt.
  5. Set mixer on high and gradually add the sugar. Let mix until stiff peaks form.
  6. Select a serving dish that is able to go from oven to freezer with no chance of breaking. Cut brownie to fit the dish leaving about an inch between the brownie and the side of the plate.
  7. Remove bowl of ice cream from freezer. Run warm water on the back of the bowl for a minute or so and then lift out using the cellophane. It will come out easily. Quickly remove the cellophane from the ice cream.
  8. Place flat side of ice cream on the brownie. Spread egg whites in flowing strokes all over the ice cream being certain that all ice cream is covered.
  9. Return to the freezer for two hours.
  10. After two hours have passed, preheat oven to 500. Then bake Alaska on lowest rack of the oven for about 5 minutes until peaks are golden. Serve immediately. Nutrition information is approximate.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Baked Alaska
Calories 2000
Calories from Fat711
% Daily Value *
Fat 79 g122%
Saturated fat 35 g175%
Carbohydrates 297 g99%
Sugar 234 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 40 g80%
Cholesterol 467 mg156%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Other baked Alaskas

There are probably as many baked Alaska recipes available as there are kinds of cake and ice cream. Many are made with sponge cake.

This is not a difficult dish to prepare. It really makes itself.

  • Choose your ice cream.
  • Choose the dish in which the ice cream will be frozen.
  • Choose one flavor of ice cream or several.
  • Choose your base: pound cake, sponge cake, brownie. You can also use crumbled cookie base much like one from which you would make a pie crust.
  • Follow the directions in the recipe.
  • At the end, make the meringue. I have read recipes where the meringue can be baked right after it is slathered on the ice cream. That could be tricky because the ice cream may have begun to melt but if you work quickly it may work.
  • That is really all there is to it. It really is not labor intensive at all.

© 2012 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for visiting colorfulone...I can assure you it is divine .

I had never made any kind of baked ice cream dish so was skeptical but it was a HIT

I hope you have a chance to try this.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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colorfulone 21 months ago from Minnesota

I have never had it with brownies, only with angel food cake. I made it a couple of times and just might have to go for it one more time in my life.

Thank you for sharing the recipe, PS. - Kudos.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Mary (615)...yes, it does take a bit of time but it is mostly 'waiting' time....it really is easy and quick to pull off.

It is decadent and a hit every time.

Angels and blessings are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I don't often remember a dessert but since the occasion was such a special one I guess that is why I remembered. I see you have a special reason to remember this lovely dessert to.

O I hope so Mary...It is divine. I think I may take it too church for our Easter luncheon too.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Thanks for visiting.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi AuFait I know your Momma was thrilled...it sounds like you made a great one.

So we have something in common...I am the baby too...and my sisters still call me the baby sister even today.

The adventure with Jesse was one I shall never forget. Thanks for stopping by

Angels are bringing you blessings this morning ps


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

When I first saw your prep time, I thought: NO WAY, but after reading your directions, I understand why it would take all that time! I have always wanted to make Baked Alaska, now maybe I give your recipe a try.

Voted UP, shared, and Pinned to my recipe board.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

I too have memories of Baked Alaska, it was at a wedding, it was flaming and I was young...incredible. This recipe is certainly doable and I have a feeling my family will be enjoying this for Easter dinner's desert.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas

Had to try to make a baked Alaska when I was 15 years old. I was the only one of us 5 kids left at home, yes I'm the baby. It was my practice to give my mother a day off once a week on the weekend usually to avoid interfering with school. I would make a menu, usually scouting out interesting looking recipes in the magazines around the house and my mother would shop for the ingredients we didn't already have during the week so everything would be ready.

I took 1 layer of cake from a mix out of a round pan. Tipped ice cream I had frozen in a bowl using 3 different kinds of ice cream onto the layer of cake. Then slathered meringue all over the works and popped it into the oven. It didn't keep form very well I must say, but it still tasted great. I think anyone who attempts this impressive desert is very adventurous and brave. Enjoyed reading about yours and the sumo wrestler. :)


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Deb I hope you do get to make this. I need to make some homemade ice cream too...

This dessert is one you would thrill dinner guests, including your family....it is so yummy.

Thank you for visiting.

Angels are on the way this morning ps


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aviannovice 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

You can bet that this is going to be on my list of "to makes." Now, I need to make the ice cream...


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning GlstngRosePetals

Actually it does take a bit of time but mainly it is the waiting for the freezing times to occur. I promise you, it IS worth the trouble. If you are like me you will fix this once in a blue moon as it is not figure friendly. It is decadent and luscious and overflowing with comfort food goodness. A treat to enjoy when it is a special occasion. Thank you for stopping by...I will be over to visit soon.


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

That looks awesome, the prep time is a little long but looks well worth the wait. Voted up!!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Steph ...hi

Just feed him lots of salads and high fiber foods and then serve the Baked Alaska. That should help balance it out. Have a lovely day and once again, nice to see you


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Steph72 4 years ago from Sunny Fl

looks so good my goodness i have a lot of cooking to do so much for losing a few pounds in this family .. my old man is gonna thing i am getting him ready for turkey dinner fattening him up like this


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

jennzie...You will have a lovely dish to entertain your guests with if you make it. I do not recommned making it for yourself as it is impossible not to enjoy too much of it. I was glad my fam is right down the street as I could give it to them. :) You will like this, I can say that with certainty. Thank you for stopping by.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

carter 06....I agree. Brownies are always a food I find difficult to resist. And there are so many kinds that you could really glam up this recipe by using one with nuts or chocolate chunks. The options are almost endless. Give this a try...it is never a disappointment. Thank you for stopping by.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Wow this looks amazing...like Emily the Brownies got me...got to try this thanks...cheers


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

That looks so good! I have also wanted to try baked alaska for a while.

Great hub!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

emilybee...thank you for your kind words. This really is delicious. And it is so easy to make. The hardest part truly is waiting to have a serving. It is a great dessert to serve for a special end to a lovely meal. So glad you stopped by.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

emilybee...thank you for your kind words. This really is delicious. And it is so easy to make. The hardest part truly is waiting to have a serving. It is a great dessert to serve for a special end to a lovely meal. So glad you stopped by.


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emilybee 4 years ago

This sounds absolutely delicious!!!! LOVE anything with brownies. 'll make this sometime and come back to your hub when I need the recipe.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Great story behind this and have pinned this because it sounds so yummy and need to try to make in the future for my family. Thanks, have shared and voted up too.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Okay so now I am hungry! Officially hungry! Would you mind making me one and shipping it over hehe


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Kaili...the story is true. That took place 38 years ago. Jesse really was a prominent sumo wrestler of the day. He was in his sumo attire as there was an event in Tokyo that night. HIs skin glistened in the hallway light as I gazed into his eyes. You know how some things that happen you never forget? I will never forget (literally) running into him. The years just fall away so quickly. My Momma used to say that and I never really got it.

Making this was so much fun. The only thing I want next time is a little cooking torch...I would like to have had more golden on the meringue.

Thank you for stopping by. I will be over to visit soon. :)


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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

I love your story and the recipe...voted up!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Special K...thanks for stopping by. It really is very easy. The hardest part is waiting to have some!!! There are so many ways to prepare too that you can make almost everyone happy with it.


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Specialk3749 4 years ago from Michigan

YUMMM....what an elegant dessert! Thank you for the recipe, I'm going to have to try this one!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi JamiJay...You are exactly right. Sadly, this is not a figure-friendly dessert. However, you could make it much less caloric by using sugar-free and fat free dairy products. Angel food cake would also be the cake base to use as it is often not so high in calories.

It would not be quite the same but it certainly would be an unusual dessert to serve. I am so glad I could give it away as it is a temptation I do not need on hand!


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JamiJay 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

If I ever wanted to sit down and eat more than an entire daily amount of calories in one sitting, I think it would be this.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi I hope you do. It really is not difficult. It is really a waiting game. Other than that no problem. Let me know how yours turns out. It is such a versatile dessert that you can easily make it your own. Thank you for stopping by.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You can do it. If I can learn, anyone can. It comes with practice. I find that if the egg whites are room temperature the meringue turns out well. This particular meringue came together better than expected. It is so humid here now that I was concerned it might not. You will be glad you made this dessert.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Billy Buc I laughed out loud when I read what you wrote. Really it is that good!! I am so lucky because I have family right 2 minutes away that I can give all of this calorie filled food to...I could never be trusted in the house alone with this!!! Thanks for stopping by.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

This sounds delicious! I just can never seem to make meringue correctly. :(

This would be worth trying again though! Thanks for sharing.


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handymanbill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

I am going to give it a try. This looked so good I had to share.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

OMG! I want to stick my face in that first picture! That just looks heavenly! Great recipe!

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