Ask Cynthia a Question – July 24, 2013

Cindy 2003 Photo smallDenise asked: Do you have a good recipe for Baked Alaska?

My answer: Baked Alaska fits right into my vintage foods newsletter. The dessert was invented by Benjamin Thompson around 1800 in Massachusetts and was originally known as “omelet surprise” and “Alaska-Florida Cake.” It was first prepared and served at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City by Chef Charles Ranhofer in 1867.

In answer to your question, no, I’ve never made Baked Alaska; therefore I don’t have a recipe to recommend. Coincidentally, Carol Reed has a recipe for Baked Alaska in her cookbook/memoir Friends in My Kitchen where she states, “How can one bake ice cream? This elegant-yet-fun-dessert adds a ‘wow’ factor to any company meal.” Also in the cookbook, Grandmother’s Cooking Secrets (page 464) you’ll find excellent tips for successfully making this vintage and still impressive dessert.

Here are some sites on-line that offer recipes and tips: Chow, Martha Stewart, and Taste of Home. Good luck! And, I’d love to hear how it turns out for you. Thanks for your timely question, and your interest in Ask Cynthia A Question.

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