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Summer Basked Alaska refreshes with raspberry sorbet

The meringue in Summer Baked Alaska envelops the tiny stuffed ice cream sandwich, protecting it during its brief trip to the oven.

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The meringue in Summer Baked Alaska envelops the tiny stuffed ice cream sandwich, protecting it during its brief trip to the oven.

When it comes to ice cream, I generally feel it's hard to improve on a simple scoop right out of the carton. But this time my mind has turned to baked Alaska. How retro!

Baked Alaska once was the star dessert of cruise ship dining rooms and upscale restaurants. The classic recipe called for vanilla ice cream enrobed in sponge cake, lavishly frosted with meringue, then lightly browned in a high-heat oven. At the last moment, it was doused in alcohol and set on fire. The waiter would emerge from the kitchen and parade around the room holding the star of the evening aloft. Now that's showbiz!

Baked Alaska's enduring appeal — and mystery — is easy to understand. How can you bake ice cream in an oven and not have it melt into a bubbly puddle? The answer? It's doubly insulated by the cake and the meringue. This may seem daunting, but it's not beyond the skills of a home cook.

My version results in mini baked Alaskas. Accordingly, a small brownie stands in for a full cake. Any store-bought brownie (roughly 2 inches square) will do. You cut it in half horizontally (to create two thin halves), then sandwich in the frozen filling. Won't the brownie crumble when you cut it? Not if you freeze it for 30 minutes ahead of time.

The "ice cream" in this recipe is raspberry sorbet. It's a slimmer option than full-fat ice cream, a refreshing flavor that nods to the season, and a time-tested and deeply satisfying complement to the dark chocolate.

I wasn't sure that the brownie and meringue would match up as well, but it turns out that the meringue — basically just a lighter-than-air mixture of beaten egg whites and sugar — transforms our tiny stuffed ice cream sandwich into something quite substantial. Before you bake it, just be sure to slather every part of this concoction with the meringue. That will protect the ice cream during its short blast with heat.

Once you pull your baked Alaska out of the oven, top it off with assorted berries. They add color and flavor and — Mom has to say it — they're good for you, too.

SUMMER BAKED ALASKA

4 store-bought brownies, each 2 inches square and 1 inch thick

1 cup raspberry sorbet

3 large egg whites

Table salt

⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar or lemon juice

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

Fresh assorted berries, to garnish

Wrap each brownie in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes has passed, remove the sorbet from the freezer to soften.

Using a serrated knife, cut the brownies in half crosswise across the middle to form 2 thin brownie squares. Arrange the bottom of each brownie square on a work surface. Scoop ¼ cup of the sorbet on top of each brownie bottom. Top the sorbet with the brownie top and press gently to form an ice cream sandwich. Wrap the ice cream sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and freeze until the sorbet is very hard, about 1 hour.

When the sandwiches are nearly hard, heat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment, then mist it with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the egg whites and a pinch of salt until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until the whites hold soft peaks. Add the sugar gradually, beating, and continue beating until the whites hold stiff, glossy peaks.

Remove the ice cream sandwiches from the freezer and place them 3 inches apart on the prepared sheet pan. Frost each with some of the meringue, making sure to cover the sandwich on all sides right down to the parchment. Bake the frosted sandwiches in the center of the oven for 4 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Using a metal spatula, transfer them quickly to 4 plates and garnish each with berries.

Serves 4.

Nutrition information per serving: 230 calories (60 calories from fat, 26 percent of total calories); 7g fat (2g saturated, 0g trans fats); 20mg cholesterol; 41g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 27g sugar; 4g protein; 160mg sodium.

Summer Basked Alaska refreshes with raspberry sorbet 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:25pm]
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