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Se7en Bake Alaska in Se7en Steps…

October 29th, 2009 · 16 Comments

Sometimes I need to impress my kids, a little shock and surprise can go a long way to adding a bit of excitement to a day!!! Baking ice-cream in the oven for dessert is fairly impressive… according to them!!! I didn’t make this for years even though my kids begged and begged – it is one of those recipes that comes up again and again in recipe books and it looks so impressive. Well if I had known how easy it was!!! You need a layer of sponge cake, a tub of ice-cream and some meringue… and really it is so easy. This is what we are aiming for:

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Let’s Meet the Players:

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  • One layer of Sponge Cake.
  • About half a tub of ice-cream.
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  • And for the Meringue:
    • 4 extra-large egg whites,
    • 200 g castor sugar and
    • a pinch of salt.

Let’s Play the Game:

Step 1: The first step is to whip up a sponge cake. I use my recipe for the The Quickest Easiest Cake in the World in se7en Steps. I usually make this cake in two pans and layer it but for Baked Alaska we only need one layer.

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Step 2: Place your completely cooled cake on an oven proof tray or in an oven proof dish.

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Step 3: Let your ice-cream soften slightly and spoon it onto the cake. Once you have spooned on as much ice-cream as your cake can handle then pop it into the freezer until your meringue is ready to bake and you are almost ready to serve your dessert.

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Step 4: Now whip up your meringue: Separate the egg whites and pop them into the beater and beat like crazy until they stand firm…

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Step 5: Turn the beater down to low and add the salt and sugar really slowly to your beaten egg whites. Turn the beater back on high. Leave the mixture beating and beating… until the mixture is really really smooth. When you pinch the mixture between your fingers it should be smooth (no more grainy sugar)… beat it that long!!!

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Step 6: Cover your ice-cream covered cake in the meringue mixture. Completely cover that ice-cream, don’t let any bits of ice-cream or cake peak through.

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Step 7: Finally bake your meringue covered ice-cream and cake in a hot oven: 220 degrees Celsius or 425 degrees Fahrenheit, for about 5 to ten minutes. Watch it and when the topping is crisp and brown you are done. Serve it straight away.

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There you go – ice cream from the oven… and some very impressed Hoods!!!

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Tags: Cakes · Monday Munchies

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Margie // Oct 29, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for this success story. My husband and son have been asking for this for years: husband has fond memories of his aged grandfather laughing at the thought of ‘ice cream’ from the oven. Never having met anyone who had actually tried it, I stalled: now I think I shall give it a try!
    Take Care, Margie

  • 2 se7en // Oct 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Hi M, Oh do it! Your menfolk will love it!!! Trust me on this… It really works out well and they will be very impressed with you!!! Hope you guys have a great weekend!

  • 3 Ash // Oct 30, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Yum! I remember my Mom making this when I was a sprout. I suspect my family would be very exited if we tried it – but I’m thinking about trying it with a chocolate cake base. Do you think that would work?

  • 4 se7en // Oct 30, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Hi A – You know me so well!! Anything with chocolate would be good!!! Where have I been and why didn’t I think of that!!! Have a fun weekend!

  • 5 Cate O'Malley // Oct 30, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Love the peaks on the top – so gorgeous!

  • 6 se7en // Oct 31, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Hi C, Nice to meet you! We loved the whole thing!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • 7 phillygirl // Nov 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    That looks brilliant … it’s a dish I’ve always wanted to try but never dared. Perhaps now I will ;) Thanks!

  • 8 se7en // Nov 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Hay Phillygirl – This is so easy and so impressive… Cake+ice-cream+meringue = done!!! Really, why I took years to do it I don’t know!!! Your camera looks totally awesome… I can’t wait to see your trip, don’t I just love remote journeys!!! Have Fun!

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