Individual Baked Alaskas with Vanilla and Coffee Ice Cream

IMG_5924I loved these Individual Baked Alaskas. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I’ve had baked Alaska once, about fifteen years ago, and I only have a vague memory of it. IMG_5908From the recipe it sounded a lot like making ice cream cupcakes, basically slicing chocolate cupcakes in half and then layering them in muffin tins with ice cream. IMG_5914Then you top the whole thing with meringue and either bake it (which sounded like an alarming thing to do to an ice cream dessert), or in my case, you break out your new pastry torch and toast the meringue the fun way.
IMG_5918The recipe takes a bit of planning, but the technique is excellent. Friday evening, I made the Red Wine and Chocolate cupcake recipe we made back in May. Saturday I started layering the ice cream with the cake and then let everything freeze. Sunday morning I made the meringue and everything was ready to torch for some friends I had over on Sunday night.
IMG_5920And I have to tell you, letting people light their food on fire makes for great dessert conversation.

If I made them again, I would change two things. I would make the bottom layer a slice of cake. Every time I took the cakes out of the freezer the bottom layer would melt a bit until I was left with barely any ice cream. Also, I would try adding granulated sugar to top of meringue to crisp them like creme brulee. IMG_5927

Baked Sunday Mornings

Bourbon, Vanilla, and Chocolate Milk Shakes and Simple Chocolate Syrup

This is recipe for Bourbon, Vanilla, and Chocolate Milk Shakes and Simple Chocolate Syrup is incredibly easy, and very tasty. I’ve been making a lot of ice cream lately, so it was a cinch to whip up a batch of vanilla. I usually use the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream recipe. If you’re interested in trying your hand at making your own ice cream, I highly recommend her cookbook. I’m a Columbus, Ohio native, so I have a soft spot for Jeni’s, but her cookbook is indeed easy to follow and has a lot of interesting and unusual flavor combinations. MilkshakeThe chocolate syrup was really easy too, and turned out to be surprisingly thick and fudgy. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate syrup, I find most recipes taste like sugar, and not at all like chocolate. I added a pinch of instant coffee to the mix hoping it would intensify the flavor, but it still ended up overly sweet for my tastes.

Milkshake

All in all, this was a delightful treat for a hot summer day.

Baked Sunday Mornings