This Baked Alaska is a fudgy brownie layer topped with creamy mint chip ice cream. Beautifully covered with browned Italian meringue. So how about it, up for a slice?
What is a Baked Alaska?
When we first heard of it it was on The Sims computer game. Did you ever play those games growing up? We did. Truth be told we would stay up the whole night just playing it. It was such a fun game and still is. We still play it from time to time. Anyway back to the explanation. It is a frozen dessert that consists of ice cream on top of a layer of sponge cake and topped with browned meringue. Traditionally you use sponge cake for a base layer but we wanted to use brownie instead. Come on who doesn’t like brownies and ice cream together?
This is a very impressive dessert and we promise you it is not hard to make at all. Ready to get started?
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- Brownie batter. You can use the brownie batter from our Chocolate Streusel Brownies. Or you can use a boxed brownie mix. Either one works.
- 48 oz of Mint Chip Ice Cream. You don’t have to use mint chip ice cream we thought it just fit better with St. Patricks day plus it’s delicious. Feel free to use any flavor of ice cream you want.
- Egg whites
Tools you will need are:
- One 1-quart size bowl
- Cling wrap or plastic wrap
- Kitchen torch. Looking for a kitchen torch you can find them on Amazon. Here is the link to the torch we use.
- Candy thermometer or an instant-read thermometer.
A few helpful tips:
- Make sure that you use a freezer-safe bowl. Avoid using plastic bowls because the freezer can sometimes cause them to crack.
- When making the sugar mixture for the Italian meringue. Make sure that the temperature is exactly at 240 degrees Fahrenheit. If it gets too hot will start to cook the eggs. Which is what we don’ want.
- Always be careful when handling a kitchen torch.
- Don’t over brown your meringue. It should be lightly browned.
Once you are all done all you have left to do is grab a spoon and enjoy.
- Brownie Batter. This can be homemade brownie batter from our Chocolate Streusel Brownie recipe or a boxed brownie mix.
- 48 oz Mint Chip Ice Cream
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Water
- 2 Egg Whites
- Line a 6 inch round cake pan with parchment paper with some hanging off the sides. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour brownie batter only half of the way up. You don't want the brownie to be too thick.
- Preheat the oven to 350° Farenheight. Bake the brownies for 35-42 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Set aside and allow it to cool completely.
- Line a 1-quart bowl with 2 sheets cling wrap or plastic wrap. Fill the whole bowl with ice cream until it is filled up to the top. Then add the cooled brownie on top. Press firmly together. Cover and freeze overnight.
- Using an electric stand mixer whip the egg whites until they reach a soft peak stage.
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat stir the sugar and water together. Let the mixture cook until it has reached 240° Farenheight. Stir occasionally.
- With the mixer on high slowly pour the sugar mixture into the egg whites down the side of the bowl. Whip until stiff peaks start to form.
- Remove ice cream and brownie bowl from the freezer. Place on a plate or cake stand and remove the plastic wrap.
- Spread or pipe the meringue over the ice cream and brownie.
- Using a kitchen torch lightly brown the meringue.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
We hope you all enjoy! If you made this recipe tag us on Instagram @wonderandcharm or use the hashtag #wonderandcharm. We would love to see your photos.
Looking for more frozen treat recipes? You can find them here.