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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Had my first one on a cruise. Didn't think much of ice cream in a meringue. Why mess with a good thing?
I had my first one in the back of my car. ice cream was not involved, nor meringue...
Nice twist. ~_~
Golly Mrs. Cleaver–This tastes swell.
I suppose a recipe would have been too much to research what doing a story on National Baked Alaska day and all.
If you had clicked on the paragraph heading "Making Baked Alaska at home", the recipe would have been displayed for you.
Lots of people in AK are baked.
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