Chocolate Baked Alaska

Because everything is better with chocolate….

I remember my mum making baked alaska when I was little. Once. Not sure why she never made it again because I seem to remember thinking it was awesome. And when discussing how best to charm the Mother-In-Law, hubby decided that baked alaska sounded like an Impressive Thing. So here we go.

Ingredients

Chocolate Sauce
100g caster sugar
100g butter
1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
125g 70% cocoa chocolate
75ml water
1 tbsp cocoa

baked alaska
ready made chocolate brownies (I used a full pack of Gu brownies)
50ml vanilla liqueur
3 large scoops of good quality chocolate icecream
3 large scoops of good quality vanilla icecream
3 egg whites
75g caster sugar

1. Preheat oven to 220C/425F/Gas7.

2. Chocolate sauce: Place sugar, butter and vanilla seeds in to a saucepan and heat over a medium heat until melted and combined.

3. Add chocolate, water and cocoa and heat for about 6-8 minutes until chocolate melted and sauce is thick and glossy.

4. Baked alaska: Crumble brownies and press in to the base of an 8″ oven-proof dish.

5. Drizzle over vanilla liqueur, then add a couple of tablespoons of the chocolate sauce.

6. Pile icecream in the centre, away from the edges, and then place in freezer to keep chilled.

7. Whisk egg whites with 25g of the sugar until thickened. Add 25g more of sugar and whisk until combined. Add the remaining sugar and whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks.

8. Remove dish from freezer and spoon meringue over the icecream, making sure the icecream is completely covered.

9. Bake in oven for 3-4 minutes until meringue starts turning golden brown.

10. Serve with generous quantities of chocolate sauce.

Serves 4

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