|Baked Alaska, Lavender Ice Cream, Hibiscus Foam. Source: Ulterior Epicure|
Baked Alaska. Source: VXLA
A popular alternative to baking the cake is to splash some rum over the Baked Alaska and flambe the dessert as it is being served. This not only allows the meringue to brown but it also makes the chef feel like a badass. It's also very cool to watch and eat. Another variation of the Baked Alaska is the "Frozen Florida", where the frozen meringue shell envelops the hot liquor on the inside.
|Baked Alaska. Source: couldntbeparve|
Place the cake in the oven for one to two minutes until the meringue starts to brown. The sponge cake should act as an insulator, keeping the ice cream from melting. Serve and enjoy immediately. This is not at all a recipe, I just wanted to break down some of the steps so we all know how it's made. For more recipes, check out the links at the bottom of this page.
|Earl Grey Ice Cream. Source: Citrus and Candy|
1. Martha Stewart Recipe: Uses vanilla extract and pistachio/cherry ice cream. I like this one.
2. Food Network Recipe: Very Neapolitan, uses vanilla, raspberry/passion fruit, and chocolate ice cream with chocolate wafer crumbs.
3. Epicurious: Simple. Uses strawberry ice cream with hints of fresh lemon juice.
I did a bit of research and found the best places to try Baked Alaska in New York:
1. DBGB: Apparently they do it pretty well and the presentation looks awesome. It's usually about $18 and serves 2-3 people. Links: Serious Eats, DBGB Menu.
2. The Smith: They used to have it. They do not serve it all the time though. It could be a seasonal dessert. Make sure to check their menu before going. Links: Serious Eats.
3. Delmonico's Kitchen: Another place with a very successful Baked Alaska. Links: Website, Yelp.
Relatively short post but I wanted to bombard you all with delicious pictures of Baked Alaska. Thanks for reading! Hope this convinces you to want to try this beautiful dessert :)
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