Best Classic Baked Alaska Dessert

August 20, 2021

Baked Alaska is a sweet, creamy dessert delight that always boosts your dopamine rush. You might think that it's a little difficult to prepare this retro-style dessert at home but you will be amazed to know that it's easy to make.

Baked Alaska, also known as omelet norvegienne, omelet surprise, or omelet siberienne in different parts of the world is a delicious old-school dessert that is a perfect combination of cold creamy ice cream and hot foamy meringue. This contains a layer of sponge cake, an ice cream layer and finally, the whole dessert is covered with shiny meringue that is toasted with a kitchen torch to make it light brown.

You can create this magical dessert in your home, using your basic kitchen equipment. Here in this article, we will learn how you can easily prepare the best Baked Alaska by using few common ingredients and little patience.

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Taste Score: %96
Difficulty Hard
Servings 8 people
Preparation 150 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 180 mins

Tips

  • Make sure that you are using eggs at room temperature while preparing the meringue. Also, be careful that no egg yolk or oil is there in the egg white mixture, otherwise, it will ruin your meringue preparation.
  • Before putting baked Alaska into the oven make sure the oven is hot enough so that it can cook the meringue quickly without melting the ice cream.
  • Freeze the ice cream for a minimum of 2 hours, to give it a rock-hard dome-shaped structure.
  • Make sure you cover the dessert with a thick layer of meringue so that it can insulate the ice cream.

Ingredients

Directions

Sponge Cake

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 °F. Coat a baking tray with parchment paper and grease it with some unsalted butter.
  2. Now in a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients like the all-purpose flour, half of the required powder sugar(¼ cup), pinch of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Then combine all the dry ingredients and set them aside.
  3. Then, take another bowl, beat 3 eggs in it, also add the remaining sugar (¼ cup), vanilla extract, melted unsalted butter, whole milk and whisk this liquid mixer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture and whisk the blend gently.
  5. After that, spread the cake batter into the baking tray and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes. You can also use a toothpick and put it in the center of the cake and notice whether the toothpick comes out clean or not, thus you can check the status of the cake.
  6. Let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes and slide a knife around the cake to separate it from the tray. Then, unmold the cake and put it on a wire rack or plate.
  7. Lastly, cut a piece of this sheet cake using a circle shape cutter of the same circumference as the bowl in which the ice cream will be kept for freezing.

Ice Cream Layer

  1. Grease a metal or glass bowl with cooking oil spray and layer the container with plastic wrap. Don't forget to leave some extra inches of the wrapper.
  2. Then fill up the bowl with three types of ice cream. Add vanilla, chocolate and cherry ice cream (2 cups for each one).To achieve the contrast of flavor and color try to add an alternative scoop of the ice cream in the bowl(in this step you can use any type of ice cream of your choice).
  3. Use a spatula to smooth the top of the ice cream layer and pull up the plastic wrap to cover the top fully.
  4. Finally, freeze the ice cream for at least 2 hours to get a firm composition.

Meringue

  1. Take a mixing bowl of a stand mixer set with the whisk appliance. Now clean the bowl with a little amount of white vinegar and place 6 large egg whites(1 cup) into that bowl.
  2. Then, put in a pinch of cream of tartar(¼ teaspoon) and start whipping the egg white at medium-high speed for nearly 2 minutes, or until the mixture gets a foamy texture.
  3. Start to increase the speed of whipping and add 1 cup of powdered sugar gradually. Also, add the vanilla essence to the mixture, at that point.
  4. Whip the meringue mixture until it becomes glossy and forms stuffy peaks, which will take around 3-4 minutes.

Assemble

  1. Take out the ice cream from the freezer, remove the bowl, and unwrap the chunk of the ice cream.
  2. Put the flat side of the ice cream chank on the cake slice you cut before.
  3. After that, take the meringue in a piping bag and cover the ice-cream cake with a thick layer of it. You can use a spatula to make tall picks in the meringue layer.
  4. Use a kitchen torch to toast the meringue, until the pick is light brown. You can also put this dessert into the oven (preheated at 500°F)for 3 to 4 minutes or until the meringue begins to become brown.
  5. And, the mouth-watering Baked Alaska is ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Baked Alaska
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories310
% Daily Value*
Sodium 104 mg4.5%
Protein 5 g10%
Total Fat 13.5 g17.3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Baked Alaska?

Baked Alaska is a delicious old-school French dessert. The dish has a soft sponge cake base and meringue toppings with an ice cream layer in the middle. This meringue dessert filled with ice cream is warmed up and served hot.

The most interesting fact about a classic Baked Alaska is that though the entire dessert is placed in a hot oven for 3-4 mins, still, the ice cream doesn't melt, which makes the dish more magical.

However, this retro-style fancy Baked Alaska dessert was first created by famous French chef de cuisine Antoine Alciatore in 1867. From then to now this is considered as one of the finest desserts of all time.

How To Make Classic Baked Alaska?

Classic Baked Alaska is prepared by placing an ice cream layer on a sponge cake base and then covering the whole dessert with a thick layer of meringue. And, lastly, the whole dessert is heated for 3-4 minutes into an oven for turning out the meringue light brown.

How Does Ice Cream Not Melt in Baked Alaska?

Baked Alaska has a sponge cake base and this cake contains a lot of air. The air acts as a thermal insulator as it is a poor conductor of heat. Also, the top of the ice cream is covered with meringue in this dessert.

That is why while baking baked Alaska into the oven, the ice cream layer is insulated by both the meringue and the sponge cake and so that the heat from the oven does not get enough time to reach that ice cream layer.

What To Serve With Baked Alaska?

Baked Alaska is a creamy and delicious retro-style dessert. This is mainly served with the main course or more specifically with a healthy seafood dinner. Some people also like to have it with different types of white or red wine.

Here are some of our main courses recipes that you can serve with Baked Alaska:

What Are The Recipe Variations of Baked Alaska?

Whether it's about flavor, texture, or appearance, baked Alaska has lots of variation and one can always be more creative with it. However, the most famous variation of this amazing dessert is Bombe Alaska and Flame on the iceberg.

  • Bombe Alaska:

In the preparation process of bomb Alaska, some dark rum is to be spread over baked Alaska and while serving the whole dessert is covered with Flame.

  • Flame On The Iceberg:

In this dessert, there is an ice cream ball in the middle of a sponge cake and the top of it is covered with cream. While serving whisky and syrup is poured on the top and the ice cream ball is to be set alight.

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