Tuesday, October 23, 2007

WFMW - Simple Baked Alaska with a twist

So, what's a woman to do when she barely has enough time to shower, get the piles of laundry done, play with the kids, cook, shop for the accouterments for making an owl costume, drop off & pick up BOY from preschool, pick up GIRL off the floor of Target having a tantrum, check the news for recent updates on where the California wild fires are now, guzzle 4-5 cups of double Irish breakfast tea, clip Girl's tiny toe nails that are beginning to look "Howard Hughes like," get two children into bed who just don't want to be there, oh YES and blog?? What is a woman to do, you may ask? Well, she can only do what is absolutely essential. And that is... to participate in WFMW over at Rocks in my Dryer.

So, I am going to share this amazingly Simple Baked Alaska recipe with you from recipezaar.com. I made it this past Saturday night for a dinner party I hosted and it was simply... FAB. My mom whipped up a Baked Alaska from her own cook book (her brain) last New Year's Eve for a dinner party and I was looking for something that would be fun, unique and yet not too time consuming. May I point out that her brain apparently was not affected after having 4 children and 20 grandchildren. Unlike, moi, who has 2 children and is overwhelmed on a daily basis. Granted, they are 10 months apart, but still... she keeps me very humble.

So, without further ado (otherwise known as yackity, yack, yack) here it is:

Simple Baked Alaska Recipe with a twist {see below}
#13046 - by LikeItLoveIt (Chef #21694)

9 servings
25 min 10 min prep (does not include baking the cake)

2 pints ice cream (brick-style) (I used Neapolitan ice cream for pizazz!)
sponge cakes or layer cake (1 inch-thick)
5 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/3 cup sugar

Lay ice cream bricks side by side; measure length and width.
Trim cake 1 inch larger on all sides than ice cream measurements.
Place cake on a piece of foil.
Center ice cream on cake.
Cover; freeze till firm.
At serving time, beat together egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar to soft peaks. Gradually add in sugar beating after each tablespoon is added.
Transfer cake with ice cream to a baking sheet.
Spread with egg white mixture, sealing to edges of cake and baking sheet all around.
Swirl to make peaks.
Place oven rack in lowest position.
Bake in a 500F degrees oven about 3 minutes or till golden.
Slice; serve immediately.

And what is the twist? I decided to try something different and instead of sponge cake or layer cake I baked a sheet of 1 inch fudge brownies with coconut lightly sprinkled on top. It was YUMMY! And the coconut added a perfect touch of crunch.

And I leave you with one thing. This goes under "Do as I say, not as I do." Remember when slicing the masterpiece to cut it lengthwise so that you can see the chocolate, strawberry and vanilla layers... on the plate.

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  1. I've never been a huge fan of Baked Alaska - but I can see how the brownies would make ALL the difference.

  2. DELICIOUS!!! I am starving now. Thanks.

  3. My stomach just growled. 'Nuff said.:)
    Oh, thanks for recommending the book "The red tent". I will check it out for sure.


  4. Hmmm sounds REALLY good, but knowing me, I'd just eat the ice cream with the brownies. I'll keep it in mind next time I have to serve something fancy though. *smiles* Thanks for visiting my blog! I love Diana Gabaldon too!

  5. Mmm, sounds gorgeous! I've never tried baked Alaska, but now I want to.


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