IMG_5545I’ve always wanted to try baked Alaska so one sunday Kelly and I got the ingredients and made one. What it lacked in visual appearance it made up in flavor. What an awesome dessert. How can you go wrong with ice-cream that’s sealed inside pound cake and topped with meringue?

Read this little history of the Baked Alaska and then go make one yourself, fer chrissakes. Oh, here’s how:

The key to this dessert is keeping the cake and the ice cream as cold as possible, so be sure not to thaw the cake or soften the ice cream before assembling. We recommend using ice cream that comes in paper pints, so that they’re easy to remove.Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 45 min

 Ingredients
  • 1 (10 3/4-oz) frozen pound cake, not thawed
  • 2 pints superpremium strawberry ice cream (not 1 quart)
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Preparation

Cut frozen cake crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Line bottom of a 9-inch pie plate with cake slices, some halved or cut into pieces to fill in gaps. Halve remaining cake slices lengthwise and place around edge of plate. Patch up any holes with pieces of remaining cake slices. (You may have a couple of slices left over.)

Cut paper containers from ice cream and slice each pint into 3 rounds. Arrange 3 rounds in 1 layer on top of cake in pie plate and cut each remaining round into 6 wedges. Fill holes in ice cream layer with some of ice cream wedges and mound remainder in center of pie plate. Freeze 25 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450°F.

After ice cream and cake have been freezing 20 minutes, beat egg whites and a pinch of salt with an electric mixer until foamy, then add lemon juice and continue to beat until whites hold soft peaks. Gradually add sugar, beating, and continue beating until whites just hold stiff, glossy peaks.

Remove ice-cream base from freezer and mound meringue over it, spreading to edge of plate to cover ice cream completely. Bake in middle of oven until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Serve immediately.

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