Sunday, February 24, 2013

Baked Alaska

I've been thinking about doing a Baked Alaska for a long time now. I just love how they look, with all that ice cream hidden underneath.
Have I told you how much I love ice cream? Well I do.
And of course, since this one is a stunner, I had to make a little video. Sparklers and all.
The song in the video is one of my favorite songs ever. It's called Spain and it's written and sung (and played of course) by my super talented fiancé Christian.

Baked Alaska

What you'll need
-A bowl or jelly mould with 1 quart capacity
-1 quart (about 1 liter) ice cream, whichever you prefer (I used 1/3 vanilla, 1/3 blueberry sorbet and 1/3 lemon)
-1 ready made cake layer -I had some left over cake in the freezer, measure the bowl/mould making sure the cake isn't too small
Meringue frosting
Creme brulee burner

Putting it together
If you want to be able to get the cake out of the mould easier, cover the inside with plastic wrap and let it hang over the edges!

Start by putting the vanilla ice cream in room temperature until soft serve consistency. Scoop into bowl or mould, smooth top with a spatula and put in freezer for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the blueberry sorbet to room temperature. Scoop sorbet on top of vanilla ice cream, smooth top with a spatula and put in freezer for another 30 minutes. Bring lemon ice cream to room temperature. Scoop lemon ice cream on top of blueberry sorbet and smooth top. Put in freezer for 15 minutes. Put a layer of cake (trim the edges if needed) on top, making sure it sticks to the ice cream. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 6 hours.
Remove the ice cream cake from the mould by either pulling the plastic wrap (if you've covered the inside) or running hot water along the outside of the mould. If doing the latter, you need to re-freeze the cake for at least 4 hours or the meringue frosting won't stick. When the cake is completely frozen - go ahead and make the meringue frosting.

Meringue frosting
5 large egg whites
200 g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix egg whites and sugar in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk with a hand whisk continously until the mixture reaches 65°C (149F). Remove from heat. Start whipping the egg whites with a stand or hand mixer until the mixture becomes fluffy and white and the bowl is cool, this can take about 10 minutes.

Cover the entire cake with meringue frosting and then use a creme brûlée burner to brown the meringue. Put the cake back in the freezer if not serving right away.

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