...everything eas so ornate...delicate...spring-y...artistic...
...and WAY too complicated for the insanely busy Easter weekend I had laid before me. I decided on some simple, but slightly altered, versions of things I would've cooked anyway...and had resigned myself to making a bundt cake or something for dessert when I stumbled upon THIS...
|Strawberry Shortcake Baked Alaska|
A decadent, delicious, and SIMPLE dessert that would turn heads and seem special without being especially hard to make.
I made just about all of this the day before...getting the ice cream in it's mold, making the cake bottom...so on Easter all I had to do was slice strawberries and whip up meringue.
Talk about easy.
Strawberry Shortcake Baked Alaska
- 4 cups strawberry ice cream, softened (I used a whole carton of Blue Bell's Strawberry)
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 4 egg whites
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1. Spoon ice cream into a foil-lined 1-1/2 qt. bowl ; pack firmly with back of spoon. Freeze for several hours or over night (I went with the overnight option).
2. Heat oven to 425F. Mix flour, 3 TBS sugar and baking powder in a medium bowl. Cut in cream cheese with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk until mixture forms a dough. Pat dough into bottom of 8-inch round cake pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, toss sliced strawberries with 1 TBS sugar.
Note: Now...if you do this the way I did...you'd skip slicing the strawberries and just skip to the next step. When the cake is cool, you wrap it up tightly and save it for assembly...whenever that may be.
3. Cool cake 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely.
4. Heat oven to 500F. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with mixer on high speed 1 minute or until foamy. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating 3 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
5. Place cake on an ovenproof plate; top with strawberries and juice. Un-mold ice cream; place, flat side down, over cake. Frost ice cream with meringue; swirl with back of large spoon. Bake on lowest oven rack 3 minutes or until meringue in golden brown. Serve immediately.
I'm told you can alter this recipe to host a myriad of different ice cream and cake flavors.
Don't think I won't try it...
courtesy Kraft foods