Baked Alaska for the 4th of July

by Maureen on July 3, 2014

Baked Alaska

I have an old friend that I’ve known since kindergarten (and that’s a LONG time) who lives in Louisville, Kentucky.  Sheryl and her husband (also from my home town in Maine) are both retired teachers.  Sheryl and my friends Diana and Anne and I were inseparable so we’ve been close all our lives.

She emailed me the other day and said, “We’re thinking about coming to Australia, when’s a good time?”  I was over the moon but only for a little while because I received another email saying that Dave decided he wanted to go to Alaska first.

I wrote back and said I’d love to cruise around Alaska but I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to trudge in the cold again.  I don’t miss Maine winters.

Then yesterday I received an email from my friend Australian Juliet who’s promoting Cruiseabout – cruising Alaska.  She asked me if I would share this poster with my readers.  After having just said this is what I wanted to do, I said yes without any hesitation.  I thought it might be fate and nobody wants to tempt fate.

Tantalise your taste buds with a Cruise to Alaska
Thinking about the USA and the upcoming 4th of July Holiday I wanted to make something that would tickle my fancy and sooth my holiday homesickness.  With Alaska on my mind, what else but Baked Alaska or as it’s called in Australia, Bombe Alaska.

Baked Alaska

This is the easiest dessert ever but there’s no mucking about permitted.  First you make the cake and then while the cake is cooling, soften the ice cream in the fridge.  Line a bowl with cling film and place the ice cream in layers and finish with the cake on the top.

How to make baked alaska

After a hard freeze and just before serving, make the meringue and then remove from the bowl and remove the cling film and cover with meringue.

meringue

Bake until golden brown or use a blow torch.  I usually put mine in the oven and finish up with the blow torch if I think it needs more scorching.

Bombe Alaska
If you’re really pressed for time, buy the cake and the ice cream and assemble.  It’s a gorgeous dessert and fun to eat.  Who doesn’t like ice cream and cake?

Baked Alaska

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What a great way to celebrate the 4th of July with patriotic Baked Alaska. It's pretty much an assemble dessert
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 cake layer
  • 1½ pints vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pint strawberry ice cream
  • 5 egg whites (I made lemon curd with the yolks)
  • 1¼ cups caster/superfine sugar
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • food colouring
Instructions
  1. Make or buy one cake layer about 1½ inches thick
  2. About an hour before, place the ice cream in the refrigerator to soften.
  3. Line a bowl with cling film and place a layer of strawberry ice cream in the bottom, then a layer of vanilla ice cream and then take the remaining vanilla ice cream and colour it before placing over the vanilla ice cream. (or you could use a different flavour of ice cream.
  4. Top with the cake cut to fit the bowl. (it's okay to eat the cut off pieces with a bite of ice cream)
  5. Cover with cling film and place in the freezer until frozen hard.
  6. Just before serving make the meringue by whipping the egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy and slowly add the caster/superfine sugar until all is incorporated. Whip on high speed until you can't feel any grittiness between your fingers.
  7. Preheat the oven to 500F/245C
  8. Remove the ice cream and cake from the freezer and invert on a baking tray
  9. Cover with meringue and swirl it with your spatula.
  10. Place in the oven just until it begins to brown, remove and serve. Place your knife in a glass of very hot water and it will slide through the ice cream with ease.
  11. It takes about 6 hours but most of that time is waiting.

Happy 4th of July to my family and American friends!

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MyMansBelly July 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Love Baked Alaska Maureen! Your red, white and blue version looks spectacular. I’ve always wanted to make a huge one, like yours, but since it’s just the 2 of us I end up making a small one. Tastes great, but it just doesn’t look right. LOL When you come for a visit, I’ll make a really big one. Deal?
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Maureen July 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Deal. We had 1/2 of this one leftover and we had company to share it with. :)

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dina July 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm

this is a showstopper! it’s gorgeous!

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Madonna July 6, 2014 at 12:18 am

Another recipe to put on my bucket list. Lots of wow factor.

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Anne July 6, 2014 at 7:16 am

Love baked alaskas!!! The first (and only) time I made them, it ended up being a huge mess… Probably should have been more patient with the ice cream. Still tasted great!! And your’s probably taste great and the presentation is AWESOME!!

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Sandra - The Foodie Affair July 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

This looks fabulous Maureen! I think it’s time I made a baked Alaska. Great reason to play with the torch!! P.s. lucky to have such great longtime friends!!
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Iron Chef Shellie July 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

It just looks so pretty! Massive kudos <3

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Raymund July 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Look at that beauty! Belated Happy 4th to you.
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suzanne Perazzini July 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I have always wanted to do an Alaskan cruise but Adriano doesn’t want to endure the cold. I think the landscape would make it worthwhile. I love the sound of that foodie cruise. What a pretty dessert you have made and meringue is a special favourite.
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Claire @ Simply Sweet Justice July 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Maureen, this is just gorgeous!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats July 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

I’ve always wanted to make a baked Alaska but I don’t think I’m brave enough…though you do make it look easy. What a perfect patriotic dessert :)
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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Love that you made a 4th of July dessert. It looks fabulous!

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Terra July 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

It is so funny, I had never heard of this recipe up until a year ago. I love how gorgeous it looks, and it really doesn’t look hard to make. Perfect recipe to make to share the lovely cruise poster. Delicious, Hugs, Terra

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