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Vintage Baked Alaska

Vintage Baked Alaska
Vintage Baked Alaska
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This Vintage Baked Alaska recipe is one that may take you a few tries to master, but once you do, you'll be showing off at any chance you get! It takes a while to complete (overnight for sure) so you'll want to factor that in before starting. This recipe uses raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream, but you can use any combination of flavors that suits you. The brownie layer is also unique to this recipe and is a delicious layer that sucks up all that ice cream as it starts to melt giving you a delicious taste of all the flavors at once. This recipe will bring you back to a time when desserts were always the center piece.

Ingredients

  • 1 box fudge brownie mix, prepared (in a sphereical shape)
  • 2 pints raspberry sorbet
  • 1/2 pint vanilla ice cream
  • Meringue powder

Instructions

  1. Prepare brownie cake according to package directions, baking in an 8-inch round cake pan. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, ideally overnight.

  2. Let sorbet and ice cream soften. Line a large bowl with two layers of plastic wrap.  Smooth two pints of raspberry sorbet into the bottom of the bowl, coming up the sides. Then, scoop vanilla ice cream into the middle of the sorbet.

  3. Press brownie cake onto the top of the soft ice cream. Bring plastic wrap over the top of the brownie, pulling tightly. Top with a heavy plate and place bowl in the freezer for at least 5 hours to freeze solid again.

  4. When ready to serve, prepare meringue according to the package directions.  

  5. Remove the cake and sorbet mold from the freezer and carefully remove the plastic wrap. Place on a serving dish.

  6. Top with the meringue. Use a kitchen torch to lightly toast the meringue.  ​Serve immediately.

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This is a new twist on a popular vintage dessert. I remember making baked Alaska in Home Ec. in high school! It was a lot of fun. The ice cream was frozen solid. I will never forget taking a bite of the dessert fresh out of the oven. With the hot meringue and the frozen ice cream my teeth took a jolt. It is a yummy dessert and I'll have to admit I have never made it for my own children. Kind of forgot about it. This is so much easier using the torch. Love it. This could be fun for a family gathering. Have you tried it?

The first time I had Baked Alaska was as a child for Xmas dinner made by Uncle Jimmy. It was such fun watching him put icecream in the oven and this time I watched our own children show the same disbelief that icecream could possibly survive in a hot oven! The recipe is very good and the only addition I made was to add some chopped walnuts just because, well, I could! lol. With or without chopped walnuts it is really very good.

Kitchen torches make desserts like this a breeze. When I grew up, you had to put the Baked Alaska into the oven to cook and brown the meringue. I always thought it was neat that the ice cream was frozen with meringue on the outside. You don't see Baked Alaska made much anymore. It is a fun dish. Neopolitan ice cream works well too.

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