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Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska Recipe - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Baked Alaska Recipe
Serves 8 / 10. Make 3 days ahead.
Recipe for a 9.84x3.34 inch (25x8.5cm) silicone mold; available at www.brunoskitchen.net/brunos-store

1.5 qts (1.6L) vanilla ice cream
14 ounces (400ml) raspbeberry sorbet.

Method
Place vanilla ice cream in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to soften a bit. Line mold with plastic wrap in contact. Fill mold up to the top with vanilla ice cream and freeze for 6 hours or more. Dig out a 1.5 to 2 inch (4 to 5cm) trench going back and forth using an ice cream scoop; freeze a few hours. Fill the channel two-third up with the raspberry sorbet and freeze a couple of hours or until it has hardened. Finish covering the gap with more vanilla ice cream and freeze the log for 24 hours before unmolding or store log for weeks.

Joconde Biscuit (for a 15x21 inch (37.5x52cm) baking tray).
Meringue
4 ea. (120g) egg whites, room temp
1/2 tsp (1g) cream of tartar or a few drops of lemon juice (It stabilizes the meringue)
1/4 cup (40g) sugar.

Almond Mixture
2 cups (190g) almond meal
2 cups (190g) powdered sugar
0.4 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
4 ea. (200g) whole eggs
2 Tbsp (30g) butter, melted.

Method
In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartare adding sugar gradually. Transfer meringue in a separate bowl. No need to clean the mixing bowl. Beat almond mixture ingredients for 5 min on high speed uisng the whisk attachment. Fold in one-third of the meringue first and add remaining meringue and melted butter. Grease parchment paper and tray generously with cooking spray. Avoid the use of a silicone mat for that particular sponge. Spread Joconde batter evenly using an large off set spatula.
Bake at 450ºF (230ºC) for about 7 min using a convection oven or 10 min in conventional oven. Do not over bake the biscuit joconde sheet or it will lose its flexibility. Let cool to room temp, wrap up and refrigerate for up to a week or store in the freezer for up 3 months.

Assembly
Unmold the frozen ice cream log over a tray and refreeze it. Meanwhile, unwrap Joconde biscuit, run a knife around the edges of the sponge to loose it up. Place a silicone mat on top and flip. Carefully, remove the parchment paper.
Cut out a 3.9 inch (10cm) x 9.85 inch (25cm) rectangle for the bottom Joconde (it must be cut slightly larger than the base of the frozen log which should be at 3.34 inch (8.5cm), so the top biscuit enveloping the log will meet the seams enclosing the whole ice cream log perfectly. Cut a 7.5 inch (19cm) x 9.85 inch (25cm) rectangle for the top. Save leftover biscuit for later use (safer to have extra sponge). Place the bottom Joconde biscuit onto a rectangular serving tray. Place the hard frozen ice cream on top and dress the log with the second Joconde sheet. Freeze the ice cream cake. At this joncture, the cake can be wrapped up and kept frozen for weeks.

Special Meringue*
*This is a 3 Michelin star recipe. It combines a classical French style meringue with a beaten egg yolk mixture. Far less sweet than using Italian meringue in addition to offer an incomparabe creamy texture that mingles with the ice cream so well.
Use pasteurised eggs if desired.

4 ea. (120g) egg whites, room temp
1/2 tsp (1g) cream of tartar or a few drops of lemon juice (It stabilizes the meringue)
1/2 cup (100g) sugar.

4 ea. (80g) egg yolks
1 tsp (2g) vanilla extract, powder or paste
0.4 cup (80g) sugar.

Method
Beat room temp egg whites with cream of tartar and one-third of the sugar on high speed. Continue beating until fluffy and smooth adding remaining sugar gradually.
Transfer meringue in a large separate bowl. Do not clean the mixing bowl – beat egg yolks, vanilla and sugar on high speed for 5 minutes uisng the whisk attachment. Combine both mixtures. Coat the frozen ice cream cake and pipe out using a plain or a star pastry tip with dots, rosettes or strips…Once done, place cake in the freezer; again ;)

Plating
Blow-torch the cake right before serving or bake it in a 450ºF (230ºC) oven for a few minutes; until golden brown. If desired: heat up some Grand-Marnier, Cognac or old dark rum, ignite it and pour over the baked Alaska or on the plate or tray – Serve immediately – Enjoy!.

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