Day 150: Baked Alaska
Day 150 is finally here, and I'm so excited to share with you this recipe, baked Alaska!
I'm super excited to celebrate 150 days! My original goal was only 50 days. Then 100 days, and now 365 days, but something tells me I might go on longer. We'll see. :)
Back to the baked Alaska! *History Lesson*: In 1867 chef Charles Ranhofer who worked at the popular New York restaurant Delmonico's made baked Alaska, to celebrate the United States' purchase of Alaska from the Russians. Cool, huh?
I chose baked Alaska because it seemed the hardest cake I've ever done on the blog. The first time I ever heard about baked Alaska, was in The Great British Baking Show. When I saw it, and I thought it was the most intimidating thing any baker could ever make! Well, here I am, about two years later making it. The tricky bit, is the fact that you have to have the ice cream rock solid. Otherwise when you bake or blow torch it will melt all over the place, and you definitely don't want that. :)
Baked Alaska is basically a layer of cake (usually pound cake or brownie work), then a dome of ice cream, and meringue that covers the whole cake. Which is then blow torched or baked. Baked Alaska seems intimidating, but it's actually quite simple. Especially if you have a blow torch. The funny thing is that my oven didn't work, so I had to use a candle lighter. 😋 But if you have a blow torch use it, or an oven works as well.
|Level: 👩🏽🍳👩🏽🍳👩🏽🍳|Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes|Serves: 4|
Ice Cream, (filled in a bowl with a 6" diameter)
Pound Cake (baked in a 6" pan)
2 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
Press plastic wrap in the inside of your bowl. Fill your ice cream until it reaches the brim of a 6" (in diameter) bowl. Place your cake on top, and wrap the plastic wrap over. Freeze for 4-6 hours.
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F, or get your blow torch ready. In a fitted stand mixer, beat together egg whites and cream of tarter. Slowly add the granulated sugar. Mix until stiff peaks form. Either pipe or lather onto the cake. Make sure the ice cream is rock hard!!! Bake for 4-5 minutes, or blow torch until deeply browned.
- The Bored Baker 👩🏽🍳