Desserts, recipes

Baked Alaska – a favourite from the 1970’s!

baked Alaska

BAKED ALASKA BETTY STYLE

You will need

(2 pint) pudding Basin, lined with Cling film

1 – 1.5 litres of Ice cream (to fill the selected size of your basin)

 

A sponge disc cooked by you in a 20cm (8”) sandwich tin preferably with a removable base

Recipe for Sponge

100g (4oz.) caster sugar

100g (4oz.) S.R. Flour

2 eggs

100g (4oz.) butter softened

Tsp. vanilla extract

A little milk if necessary

Cream the butter and caster sugar together in a food mixer.  Gradually add the flour, the extract and the eggs and beat to a smooth consistency.  Base line a 20cm/ 8” sandwich tin with a removable base and fill with the sponge mixture.

AGA Cooking

2 Oven AGA

Bake on the grid shelf on the floor of the roasting oven with the cold sheet on the second set of runners for about 25 minutes (check it at 20 minutes)

AGA Baking Oven

Bake on the Grid shelf on the floor of the Baking Oven for about 25 minutes (check it at 20 minutes)

Conventional oven – 180C/160C fan/gas 4

 

For the meringue you will need:

4 egg whites

9 oz caster sugar

A little malt vinegar

And you will need to be in a good mood to decorate with flair.

Separate the egg white from the egg yolk and place the egg whites into the bowl of your food mixer.  Beat at a fairly high speed until the meringue becomes fluffy and white.  Start to add the caster sugar and beat until the meringue is fairly stiff, add a tiny ½ tsp. of malt vinegar for a slightly creamed colouring if desired.

 

Ice Cream

Start by putting the vanilla ice cream to room temperature until soft serve consistency.  Scoop into the cling film lined pudding basin until half full and then add a layer of cherry or strawberry jam, fill the basin with the rest of the ice cream and smooth over to the top of the basin.  Cover the top with more cling film and place in the freezer for about 2 hours or overnight if you can.  The cling film will enable you to easily take out the pudding shaped ice cream to place onto the sponge disc.  Place the ice cream onto the disc, and cover the whole shape with thick meringue.  Place into a hot oven for about 5 – 8 minutes to brown and then slice and serve immediately.  THIS IS DELICIOUS AND YOU HAVE TO EAT IT ALL!

This will keep quite well in the freezer if you are not eating it straight away

 

 

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