Make the cake and prepare the ice cream ahead of time so all you have to do is assemble and brown the meringue before serving this dramatic dessert.
*Note: the close-up photos of the Alaska - not the candles and singing - are from a previous post. Sorry, I didn't take any new close-ups last night.
- egg whites from 8 eggs
- dash of freshly ground salt
- 3 T organic powdered sugar
For the ice cream, I usually do this the night before: line a bowl with plastic wrap, press slightly softened ice cream into the bowl, cover it tightly with more plastic wrap, and refreeze. For this cake I used Black Cherry Gelato.
You can brown the meringe in the oven. Or, as I did last night, use a torch. If you use the oven, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Bake the Alaska on the lowest shelf, 8 to 10 minutes, or until meringue is lightly browned. Serve immediately!
Happy birthday, R-ball!