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Last week, when I told you about making Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, I promised to tell you what I did with the ice cream "scraps". This Brownie Baked Alaska is the happy outcome!
Traditionally, Baked Alaska is made with a white cake as the bottom layer. The recipe is vintage, created by a restaurant to celebrate the purchase of the Alaskan Territory. Since that time, there have been many variations to the recipe. The amazing part about the Baked Alaska is that ice cream gets baked in order to brown the meringue on the outside of the dessert. It is a delight to cut through the layers of meringue, ice cream and in this case, brownie.
I liked using the brownie instead of cake because 1-who doesn't love brownie and ice cream together? 2-The brownie is more firm than cake to use as a base and comes out of the pan easily, and 3-a small batch of brownies makes the perfect size to fit without a ton of cake leftovers. (Then, I would be writing a post about what to do with leftover cake!)
For this recipe I did something new! I made Swiss Meringue, something I had never done before! It was so easy and the results were amazing! It was like a marshmallow cream without gelatin. I don't know why I had never tried it before, but I think I will be going back to this recipe again and again.
You can use any flavor of ice cream that you wish. Ours was Neapolitan, which gave the nice surprise of not knowing what flavors might be predominant in each slice. But, mint chocolate chip is a favorite or anything that you may love.
This recipe was much easier than I imagined it was going to be and got lots of oos and ahhs from the kids. I hope that you will give it a try!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!