Monday, July 4, 2011

Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska: Ice-Cream Cake on Fire!
A recipe for your loved ones, suited for any occasion... ideal for anniversaries and romantic dinners.


Baked Alaska: Ice-Cream Cake on Fire!!!
Ingredients:
1 Sponge Cake
1 slab of ice-cream (preferably vanilla)
1 cup of canned fruits (chopped into small pieces)
1 tbsp brandy
5 egg whites
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar / lemon juice
Method:
Cut the sponge cake from centre into half, in such a way that you get two cakes (layers).
Meanwhile, melt the vanilla ice-cream.

Now measure your cake's diameter and take a cake tin of the same size and lay it with a cling-film.
Once the cling-film in placed properly in the tin, pour the melted ice-cream in it.

Wrap the ice-cream properly with the layered cling-film, and set it to freeze in the freezer, till it becomes hard.

Meanwhile, arrange the chopped canned fruits over the cake.

Now remove the frozen ice-cream, with cling-film it becomes easy to handle, and place the ice-cream on top of the fruits layer of the cake.
Place the other half of cake over it properly.
You need to cover the whole cake with a meringue.

For making meringue, whisk the egg whites in an electric hand blender for 5 mins, then add the cream of tartar or lemon juice, add whisk again, now add the icing sugar and whisk on high for 15-20 mins, until you get a firm peak (i.e. the egg whites should be whisked till they are so firm, that even if you turn the vessel upside down it won't fall).

Once this is achieved, quickly smother it over the cake and cover it completely, without leaving a single spot, otherwise the ice-cream may just start to melt and drip.
Now bake it in a pre-heated oven for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Meanwhile heat a big spoon (pali/karchi- with which you give tadka)
Once the cake is out of the oven.

Dim the lights of your room, place the cake over the table, get the heated spoon and start re-heating it with help of a lighter, now pour the brandy on spoon and create flambe(i.e. Once the spoon is heated and you pour the brandy, tilt your spoon a bit and let the brandy catch fire, now pour this over your cake- you will get the flambe effect)

Remember: always create flambe effect with dim lights, for that extra effect.

Enjoy Cooking...
Amrutha Langs