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Episode 406 - Best Wishes
Baked Alaska
A golden favorite...
In our quest to give you ideas for throwing a fête they won't soon forget for the '40' set, we thought it important to share with you a classic recipe: Baked Alaska.

STEP ONE: GENOISE

Ingredients:
  • Water
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ¼ cup butter
Method:

Preheat oven to 350º. Boil 11/2 inches of water in the bottom of a double boiler. Break six eggs into the top of the double boiler. Place on top of the bottom part of the boiler and begin to cook the eggs. Add 2/3 cup sugar. Take electric beater and beat mixture. Cook eggs and mixture in this fashion for 7 minutes. Add additional 1/3 cup of sugar. Beat for 2 minutes until the mixture is "au ruban" which means "of ribbon" (when you lift your spatula the mixture comes down in a nice ribbon). Add vanilla. Fold in flour, ¼ cup at a time. Pour in melted butter.

Transfer into 9" round spring form pan and spray with cooking spray. Using a sieve, coat the pan with flour. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper onto the bottom of the pan, and spray a bit more cooking spray and coat with flour. Pour Genoise batter into pan, place into the oven and allow to bake for approximately 30 minutes.

Once cooked and golden brown, remove the Genoise from the oven. Remove from the spring form pan and transfer onto a wire rack to cool. Take circle cookie cutter, press down into Genoise and create little circles that will ultimately be used as caps on the ice cream.

STEP TWO: ICE CREAM

Ingredients:
  • Ice cream (any flavours you desire)
Method:

Line a metal ice cream cup with plastic wrap. Layer ice creams. (*You can use any flavour or flavours you wish, we chose chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry). Add cap of Genoise to top of ice cream cup. Transfer into freezer. (*Note: all of the previous steps can be done in advance and frozen until the day of the party). The plastic wrap allows you to withdraw the ice cream easily. Remove and pull down plastic slightly. Take plate, put over top, and invert. You will have what looks like an iceberg in Alaska sitting on the centre of the plate.

STEP THREE: MERINGUE

Ingredients:
  • 6 egg whites
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Method:

Beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and salt. Add sugar (1 tbsp at a time). Beat again and add vanilla until meringue is thick. Apply meringue to ice cream with a spatula, creating a whimsical, peaky look to it, making sure all of the ice cream is covered. Using a kitchen blow torch, offer the top of the Baked Alaska a little bit of heat. In a few seconds, the meringue will start to brown which is the true, characteristic beauty of this dessert. (*You can also place under a 500-degree broiler in your oven for no more than 3 minutes). Serve immediately.

In just three simple stages, you will be sure to fulfill each and every one of your guests' ice cream dreams.