BAKED ALASKA


This dessert is a combination of sponge cake,ice-cream,fruits and meringue.The flavour of the  sponge,ice cream and the type of fruits can be changed to one’s own taste with a little creativity.

Ingredients for the sponge;

75 gm flour(3/4 cup)

75 gm sugar(3/4 cup)

2 eggs

1/4 tsp.baking powder

a pinch of salt.

Method to make the sponge:Separate the egg yolks from the whites.Beat egg whites till stiff(add the pinch of salt to the egg whites before beating.This breaks up the protein, and makes it easy to beat the egg whites quicker).Gradually beat in the sugar.Lastly add the egg yolks.Fold in the flour(sieved with baking powder).Grease a 7 inch round cake tin.Spread the batter.Bake at 218 C for 12 -15 minutes.

For the fruit filling

1 cup mixed chopped fruit

1 small brick ice cream

3-4 tblsp.fruit juice

2 tblsp.sherry/rum/brandy.

Sprinkle the sponge with sherry and fruit juices.Spread fruit over it and top with frozen ice cream.

For the meringue:

2 egg whites

60 gm sugar

60 gm icing sugar

Beat the egg whites stiff.Gradually beat in the castor sugar, and then the icing sugar.

Cover the ice cream and the sponge completely with the meringue and bake in a very hot oven 200-220 degrees for 7-8 mins.Flambe with brandy.(heat the brandy  and pour over).Refridgerate.

This dessert tastes good if consumed in a day or two.

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