Double Chocolate Baked Alaska

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(Recipe ID: 1059)

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Serves 4-6

Preparation time: 1 hours

Source: Chef Joseph Lowery

Baked Alaska is usually a layer of sponge cake, covered with a layer of ice cream and wrapped in uncooked meringue. The dish is then frozen hard and then quickly baked in a hot oven. It is thought that the dish originated at Delmonico's restaurant in the late 1880s, although similar dishes have been around for a very long time.

There are much more complicated versions, but our recipe is a good starting place for anyone and can be made ahead, except for the final baking. 

Ingredients

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  • 1 Layer Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix baked in a 9 inch heart shape cake pan

    The mix will make two layers

  • 1 pint Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate or other rich, dark chocolate ice cream, slightly softened
  • 6 Egg Whites
  • Pinch Cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup Powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon Silver Cloud Estates Vanilla Bean Paste *

Instructions

  1. Cover a piece of heavy cardboard (a couple of inches wider than the cake) with aluminum foil to use as a base.
  2. Put cake layer on base and cover the top of the cake with a thick layer of softened ice cream. Place in freezer immediately and allow it to freeze solid.
  3. Beat egg whites with the pinch of Cream of Tartar until they begin to stiffen; add sugar gradually while still beating. Add vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Remove cake/ice cream from freezer and cover with ¾ of the meringue. (Optional) Place the remaining meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and decorate top surface and sides of cake. Work quickly so that ice cream doesn't melt.
  5. Place un-baked Alaska back in freezer uncovered until ready to bake. Leave in freezer at least 2 or 3 hours although it can stay over night if it is more convenient.
  6. Bake on a baking sheet in a very hot oven (450 degrees) for about 5 minutes or until the meringue starts to brown.
  7. Remove Baked Alaska on its base from baking sheet and place on a nice serving platter; serve immediately.