As a child of the seventies, I can’t help but love a bit of retro… and Baked Alaska is definitely one retro classic that deserves a more central place in the modern repertoire.
Of course, Baked Alaska (also known as glace au four and Norwegian omelette) wasn’t invented in the 1970s! Wiki tells me the Baked Alaska epithet was bestowed back in 1876 but the basic recipe – ice cream, usually on a sponge cake base, coated in a thick layer of meringue and briefly baked in a hot oven – has been around for a lot longer than that. There are many claims about its origin but one that appeals to me is the mental image of American physicist Benjamin Thompson aka Count Rumford accidentally creating it during an experiment to test the heat resistance of beaten egg whites back in 1804!
My mental association between dish and decade no doubt arises from its popularity in British homes and restaurants in the decade of my birth.
Another part of the appeal may be the apparent craziness of the idea of baking a dish in which a main component is ice cream and it not resulting in a puddle of warm custard. But meringue is a superb insulator and the ice cream doesn’t melt in the brief period of baking needed to cook the outer layer of meringue.
Image by Citrus & Candy, used under creative commons license. Here’s her gorgeous-looking original recipe for earl grey ice cream and passionfruit cake Baked Alaska
Despite my love for the flamboyance of Baked Alaska – especially when it’s flambéed with rum at the table – I’ve never made it at home. This is something that needs to change!
So April’s theme for Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream is Baked Alaska!
Ring the changes with your chosen ice creams and bases (or perhaps creating multiple layers of different ice cream flavours) or keep it classic. Whatever you fancy!
How To Take Part In BSFIC
Create and blog a recipe that fits the challenge by the 28th of this month.
In your post, mention and link to this Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream post.
In your post, include the Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream badge.
Email me (by the 28th of the month) with your first name or nickname (as you prefer), the link to your post and an image for my roundup, sized to no larger than 500 pixels on the longest side.
You are welcome to submit your post to as many blogger challenge events as you like.
If the recipe is not your own, please be aware of copyright issues. Email me if you would like to discuss this.
If you like, tweet about your post using the hashtag #BSFIC. I’ll retweet any I see.
I’ll post a round up of all the entries at the end of the month.
A Baked Alaska is far more appealing than an April Fool’s joke, don’t you think?