Individual Baked Alaskas

Ever have one of those days where you decide to throw a small dinner party, cook up something that slow roasts in the oven, and needs an equally fancy dessert?

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I have been making Baked Alaska since I found the recipe in a magazine when I was in high school. It’s one of those desserts that can be really complicated if you let it, but as y’all have noticed, that doesn’t roll here at The Dessert Project. So sub out the sponge cake and preserves for a bag mix brownie and your fave ice cream, and you’re on your way to fancy fare.

Here’s how it’s done.

Individual Baked Alaskas
Ingredients
– 1 bag brownie mix, prepared per package directions
– 1 half gallon of your favorite ice cream; I used Mint Choc. Chip
– 3 egg whites
– pinch of cream of tartar
– 1/2 cup sugar

Directions
1. Line ramekins with foil, and fill with two heaping tablespoons of prepared brownie mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely, then remove from ramekin and discard foil.

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2. Re-foil ramekin and fill 2/3 full with ice cream, pressing to mold to the shape of the ramekin. Top with brownies. Freeze for at least 2 hours or until ready to cover in meringue.

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3. To make meringue, place 3 egg whites and cream of tartar in he bowl of an electric mixer and whip for 5 minutes or until foamy. Add in sugar by the tablespoon, allowing each addition to fully incorporate. Once all sugar is added, whip until stiff peaks form and meringue is glossy and bright white, about 10 minutes.
4. Remove ice cream/brownie stacks from ramekins and remove foil, setting brownie-side down.

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5. Spread meringue in a thick layer around each Baked Alaska, leaving peaks and valleys. Using a small Creme brûlée torch, carefully toast whole meringue layer, being sure to leave a golden brown crust.
6. Serve immediately or place back in freezer until ready to serve. Let defrost for 5 minutes to ensure no broken teeth courtesy of dozen brownie layer!

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What do y’all think? Fairly easy for such an elegant dessert, right?!

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“Like” this post if you’re a Baked Alaska first-timer, and Baked Alaska veterans, leave me a comment or photo of your fave one below!