I thought about making sugar-free, gluten-free Baked Alaska all summer long. That’s as far as I got. When Katrina of Gluten-Free Gidget posted her theme – Dinner with Disney – for this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free! Round-Up I finally had my excuse to bake ice cream.
Can you guess what Disney movie this honors? Yep, Ice Age. What better dessert to pay homage to this great flick than ice cream baked in mounds of fluffy white meringue? They even look like little glaciers!
The best part about Baked Alaska is that it’s so much fun to eat – the creaminess of the soft ice cream as it slightly soaks into the spongy, moist cake. Topped with airy meringue that’s reminiscent of crispy, fire toasted marshmallows, it’ll bring a smile to your face. I promise.
Another great thing is that you can make it ahead of time and bake it in two minutes flat. I used my vanilla bean ice cream with 1/3 cup of raw cacao nibs stirred in the last few minutes of freezing but you can use any flavor or type of ice cream that works for you. I made individual Baked Alaskas – I think they’re cute. You could just as easily use the same concept to make a larger one.
The meringue and the cake actually insulate the ice cream and it doesn’t melt when it’s baked. In fact, you should wait 5 – 10 minutes after removing it from the oven before serving it so the ice cream can soften to the perfect consistency.
I was able to cut 11 cake rounds from the cake (which, by the way has been labeled as the best cake I’ve ever made by my husband) but the meringue will make enough for 6 individual desserts. If you want to make more, just double the meringue portion of the recipe.
If Baked Alaska intimidates you, I’m going to simplify it. It’s only comprised of a few simple steps and produces a dessert that will fill your guests with awe and wonder, just like our beloved Walt Disney.
1. Make the cake and cut it into 2 1/2 inch rounds. Freeze the cake rounds overnight.
2. Top the cake rounds with a scoop of ice cream. Freeze 3 hours or overnight.
September’s edition of Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! will be up at the end of the month at Gluten-Free Gidget. I’ll remind you to stop by so and see the other gluten-free dishes that have been cooked up for an amazing Dinner with Disney!
Also – Do you have your post ready for Slightly Indulgent Monday? I do!! Link any post – old or new – with fabulous food made a little bit healthier. Or, stop by and comment for a chance to win Monday’s give-away – one of my favorite cookbooks for inspiration – Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes.
What dishes do you make that wow your friends and family? Let’s talk about it!
Find more food and good living inspiration at:
- Finer Things Friday at The Finer Things in Life
- Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
- Recipe Swap at The Grocery Cart Challenge