Sunday, February 22, 2009

Baked Alaskas

María and I really like the song "Indian Summer" by Beat Happening, and there's a part that goes French toast with molasses/ croquet and baked Alaskas.  Every time we hear it, we talk about baked Alaskas and how intriguing they are.  Basically, a baked Alaska is ice cream surrounded by layers of cake, completely covered in meringue.  The idea is that the meringue acts as an insulator, so when you put it in the oven, the ice cream doesn't melt all over and make a mess.  The thing is, you have to put it in the oven for the exactly right amount of time so that the meringue gets hard, but the ice cream doesn't melt.

We still haven't decided if baked Alaskas are adorable or not, but we are incredibly curious.  Obviously, cake, ice cream, and meringue are all things that are delicious and adorable on their own, but I'm afraid that they might not work together.  Or, they will combine adorable-forces and create the most insanely perfect dessert of all time.  Mostly, I'm just afraid that it sounds like something that will make me sick if I eat more than two bites.  The only way to find out, of course, is for us to make one, so we're going to see if we can successfully make a baked Alaska sometime soon.

Also, in my search for information about and pictures of baked Alaskas, I found out that Ben & Jerry's has a flavor called Baked Alaska that, amongst other things, has WHITE CHOCOLATE POLAR BEARS in it!!!!  I love polar bears, and when they're tiny and made of white chocolate, they're probably even better!

Love, Jillian

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