250g (9oz) vanilla ice cream
2 tbsp madeira or other fortified wine (optional)
150g (5oz) fruit cake
2 large egg whites
Squeeze lemon juice
110g (4oz) caster sugar
Vegetable oil, for greasing
- Leave the ice cream out of the freezer for 10-15 mins to soften, then scoop into a bowl and mix with the madeira or liqueur, if using, until combined. Line a bowl (a deep soup bowl about 10cm in diameter across the top should work) with cling film. Spoon the ice cream into the bowl and freeze for 30 mins or until firm.
- Cut the cake into 1cm-thick slices and make a 10cm circle to cover the ice cream. (You may need to put 2 slices together.) Sit the circle on top of the ice cream; return to the freezer while you make the meringue.
- Put the egg whites in a clean bowl, add a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Using electric beaters, whisk on a low speed until frothy. Increase the speed and whisk to firm peaks. Add the sugar in 4 additions, whisking well between each, to make a smooth, glossy and stiff meringue.
- Invert the cake and ice cream onto a lightly oiled baking tray. Spoon the meringue over the top and sides, and use the spoon to create a rippled effect. Freeze for 1 hr.
- Preheat the oven to 200?C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Cook the baked alaska for 8-10 mins, until lightly browned. Serve immediately.
- This recipe is courtsey of Waitrose.
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Baked alaska is a retro dinner-party staple
Time: 25 minutes