FOLEY'S FOLLIES

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ice Cream Social - Individual Baked Alaskas


It's finally here - the Ice Cream Social hosted by my good friend Suzy from Kitchen Bouquet! I unselfishly nominated myself the official taste tester for this event so if you all would kindly send your entries to me..packed in dry ice and shipped overnight, I will pick a winner as soon as humanly possible!!

Since I do not own an ice cream maker, it was necessary for me to take a different approach. Only once in my life I was served Baked Alaska, which was in New Orleans, and I was immediately smitten with this dessert. Convinced that to make this dazzling dessert you surely had to be an experienced pastry chef or at least an experienced baker of some sort! Thanks to Suzy and this event it allowed me to research this and was happily surprised to learn it isn't that difficult at all to make this unbelievable delicious and stunning concoction!

For the most part my boys have left the nest so I did not want to make the traditional large Baked Alaska. I opted for the individual servings instead...this way you can just serve as many as you need and save the rest for that late night indulgence when necessry. Rich chocolate brownie base, strawberry ice cream topped with fluffy meringue...yes, you are in Heaven!!






I found the recipe on the Epicurious website, which was reprinted from Bon App├ętit. The official title is Strawberry and Chocolate Baked Alaska! Read the reviews for tips from those who have made it. Most Baked Alaskas use sponge cake as a base..this recipe captured my attention because it used a brownie type base! What can I say....



The Baked Alaska will definitely be in my "go to dessert file" for a long time to come... you will impress your family and guests and most of all you will impress yourself!!

DIG IN...

23 comments:

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I was torn between the recipe I picked and a baked Alaska recipe! Yours looks so pretty and I love the strawberry swoosh!

Dishesdone said...

Fantastic, Barb! I was also thinking Baked Alaska, but being the great procrastinator, I still haven't come up with a definite anything! A brownie crust, that is over the top deliciously perfect! Great post!

Dishesdone said...

I forgot to say, I am really impressed!

Suzy said...

Ohhhh I am so glad you did this Barb! Actually I was planning on mentioning the fact that I ate Baked Alaska at Antoines the day I was sworn into the Bar but it slipped my mind (probably for the good since my post is a novel). It is just perfect! I am so proud of you..wow..it's a scary dessert to attempt and you did it perfectly. Love the brownie base! I think you need to let me be the judge of this one lol. Thanks so much for joining in Barb.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I'm drooling here! Brownie, strawberry ice cream and meringue? What could top that? YUMMY!

Christi

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Barb, that is an exquisite dessert! Bravo! The crowning glory for an Ice Cream Social...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Mary said...

These look incredibly good. What a perfect job you've done. Thank you fro sharing them with us.

printersdevil said...

How beautiful and yummy looking. What a great addition to the party. We are having an ice cream gathering tonight, so I will be back with photos.

Michelle said...

Adorable and your mini baked alaskans look so good!! Great idea for individual desserts!

Kate said...

Wow! I have never had the pleasure of tasting Baked Alaska but I have always wanted to give it a try. This looks delicious. I am encouraged...maybe it isn't as difficult as I have envisioned!

Love your blog! Cream-filled cupcakes sound wonderful!

Kathleen said...

That looks fabulous! And wonderful you can make it an individual serving..DH is getting tired of being my taster!!
Great choice..I have never made it..
And I could use the blow torch on top..oh Wait, that is Blow Torch Betty, I mean Burning Betty, Carol! :)

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Barb, this is so impressive! A funny story...I've looked at the picture of Baked Alaska in my mom's Betty Crocker cookbook ever since I was a child. OK, I haven't looked lately, but I always wanted to make it and never have. You have set the bar very high, and I must try. I hope mine is half as pretty as yours. Thanks for another great dessert!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Hi Barb, I've never made it to your blog before. I see we both participate in Foodie Fridays, but there are so many I can never make it through the list.

So, I'm glad you were here for the ice cream social, because I love Baked Alaska and I love brownies — what a great combo!

Mary said...

I'm coming at you for the second time - this time from Ice Cream Social just to say hello and mention once again how wonderful I think these look.

Marsha said...

Barb, what a fantastic looking ice cream goodie for the social. I must say I am very impressed and the brownie base and fresh strawberry sauce make it irrestible looking.

Great job - I'll have to try this sometime but I have never made baked alaska or anything with meringue for that matter ;)

Cynthia said...

Barb, your individual strawberry brownie baked Alaska is a work of art. What a beauty. I love the peaks on your meringue, and it's browned perfectly.

Such fabulous pictures, too

I'm mpressed that you attempted this and that it turned out perfectly. Yours is DAZZLING!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, that looks so impressive, and I'm like you, the brownie sounds much better than sponge cake (Of course, I'm a chocoholic.) I'm going to go get this recipe. I'm afraid mine won't turn out as pretty as yours, but I bet it will still taste great (hey! it's chocolate, right!) Thanks for sharing. laurie

printersdevil said...

Thanks for stopping by Playing Dishes. You are entered in the July 25 giveaway.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I've never tries baked Alaska. I've seen one of these in a restaurant but never got to try it. Yours sounds and looks amazing.

Kristen said...

What a beautiful, scrumptious looking dessert. I am going to have to get brave enough to try Baked Alaska. I love the individual serving approach.

Sweet Charity said...

Awesome! I am a huge fan of Baked Alaska, partially because it's so retro and fun, and partially because it's always so yummy! Love your flavor combination!!

Karine said...

Ow wowowowowowow! That looks great! Do you still have some?

Jayne said...

That looks awesome, Barb! Nice job.