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Delicious Baked Alaska Recipe
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.
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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Selection of Cake Mixes
- 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
- 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.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175 °C), and grease and flour an 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan.
- Prepare the cake mix with the almond extract and egg, then pour the resulting batter into the baking pan you prepared in step 2.
- Follow the package instructions detailing how to bake the cake mix.
- Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl then beat them together until stiff peaks form in the mixture.
- 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.
- 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.
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C)
- 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.