Baked Alaska

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Menu Part: Dessert
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 6

A dessert to make mouths water. Perfectly golden peaks of meringue encasing chocolate cake and ice cream. Heaven on a plate.

Ingredients

4 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted
4 oz. butter, melted
2 1⁄4 cups sugar
3 whole eggs
1⁄4 tsp. cinnamon
1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups coffee ice cream
8 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
Caramel sauce

Steps

1. Grease a 9-in. square pan; line with greased parchment.

2. Combine chocolate and butter in bowl; whisk in 3⁄4 cup sugar. Whisk in eggs, cinnamon, and salt. Sift cocoa over mixture; whisk until blended.

3. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake at 375°F 20 min., or until firm. Cool in pan and invert onto rack. Peel parchment.

4. Cut cake into 6 equal pieces and place each in a small gratin dish; top with 1⁄2 cup ice cream. Cover; freeze.

5. Beat whites with salt until they hold soft peaks. Gradually beat in 11⁄2 cups sugar, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form.

6. Pipe meringue over ice cream and cake. Bake in 450°F oven 6 min., or until golden brown. Drizzle with caramel.