National Baked Alaska day
February 1st, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Juneau February 1 is National Baked Alaska Day?

When the U.S. purchased the Alaska territory in 1876, chef Charles Ranhofer of Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City wanted a dessert to celebrate its acquisition. The French-born chef made an impressive omelette à la norvégienne (Norwegian omelet) and renamed it “Baked Alaska” for the occasion.

The seemingly science-defying Baked Alaska is made by baking ice cream inside cake and meringue.

Making Baked Alaska at home is a bit involved, but with some patience, you’ll be left with quite an impressive dessert.

Ice cream is molded into a bowl or loaf pan and then covered with a layer of cake. The bowl is then placed in the freezer for an hour or so. After it’s had time to set, the dome-shaped ice cream cake is easily removed from the bowl (because you remembered to line the bowl with plastic wrap, right?).The entire thing is covered in a layer of whipped egg whites and sugar, better known as meringue. A hot oven or blow torch slightly browns and sets the meringue, and voila – Baked Alaska.

If you’re feeling a little fancy, you can always pour a little alcohol over the Alaska and flambé it, just remember to keep the kids (and pets) clear of the flames.

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    February 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  2. AleeD®

    Had my first one on a cruise. Didn't think much of ice cream in a meringue. Why mess with a good thing?

    February 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Turth™@AleeD

      I had my first one in the back of my car. ice cream was not involved, nor meringue...

      February 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
      • AleeD®@Turth™

        Nice twist. ~_~

        February 4, 2013 at 7:00 am | Reply
  3. Eddie Haskell

    Golly Mrs. Cleaver–This tastes swell.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
  4. ted

    I suppose a recipe would have been too much to research what doing a story on National Baked Alaska day and all.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • Sparky36

      If you had clicked on the paragraph heading "Making Baked Alaska at home", the recipe would have been displayed for you.

      February 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  5. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Lots of people in AK are baked.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply

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