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Food and Drink: Baked Alaska


16.06.10

It's an old time favourite - Baked Alaska is on the menu this morning and Catherine Leyden joins us now with her secret recipe!

Food & Drink: Baked Alaska

Recipe

Sponge Base:

50g/2oz Odlums Self Raising Flour

50g/2oz Shamrock Caster Sugar

2 Eggs

Pinch of Salt

Filling:

1 litre block Ice Cream

Meringue Topping:

2 Egg Whites

75g/3oz Shamrock Caster Sugar

1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/400°C/Gas 6.  Lightly grease a 20 - 23cm (8"or 9") sandwich tin.

2. Make sponge base by beating the eggs, sugar and pinch of salt and the 2 egg yolks (left over from Meringue Topping) until thick and creamy.

3. Fold in the flour using a metal spoon.

4. Transfer to prepared tin and bake for approx. 10 minutes until well risen and golden brown.   Cool on a wire tray.

5. When cold, place sponge on ovenproof dish.

6. Make meringue by beating egg whites and caster sugar together until thick and shiny.

7. Place ice cream on centre of sponge, swirl the meringue topping over the ice cream making sure it is well sealed.

8. Shake granulated sugar over the meringue and place in a hot oven for 3 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.

9. Serve immediately with fresh fruit.