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 Appétit. 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!!