Thursday, June 26, 2008

Baked Alaska?

How long has it been since you've had Baked Alaska?
Do you even know what it is?
I remember baked Alaska being served decades ago at leading restaurants. It was much as described: a treat that was hot and cold at the same time.
But over the years baked Alaska has sort of disappeared.
Last night I attended a wonderful birthday party amidst spectacular surroundings where the honoree was feted with a birthday cake of baked Alaska. And it was every bit as good as I remember it.
The cake was appropriate for the 50-year-old birthday boy because in 1958 baked Alaska was still tres chic.
For those of you who don't know, baked Alaska consists of ice cream, cake and meringue. The meringue is usually warm and/or flambe. The outside of the treat is hot while the inside ice cream core is cold.
Baked Alaska.
Somehow, even the name sounds wonderful!

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