Baked Alaska for The Daring Bakers Challenge – Brown Butter Pound Cake with Brandied Peach Ice Cream
I know that my schedule has been a bit off kilter over the last few weeks and that I have been writing less and putting posts out on odd days. We are exactly two weeks away from Food Blog Forum Atlanta, so things are rather hectic here in the South! I am running about like
a chicken with its head cut off a very professional business person trying to pull everything together. Once the big event is over, I promise to be a little more consistent in my posting.
In the meantime, maybe you will forgive me if I post a spiffy version of a timeless classic – Baked Alaska. This lovely dessert is this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge. I was excited about making more homemade ice cream after making it for last month’s Daring Bakers Challenge. You can never have enough ice cream desserts (unless you are the Bunkycooks and then the cake and ice cream stuff must definitely come to a screeching halt after this month)! In case you don’t remember or weren’t here to read it, last month’s challenge was the Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake with “Liquored Up” Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream! Does anyone have a treadmill I can borrow??
The Daring Bakers Challenge for August was hosted by Elissa of 17 and Baking (she’s actually 18 now, but I guess you can’t change your blog name every year). Jen of Sugar High Friday partnered with Elissa on this challenge and chose brown butter as this month’s theme ingredient (that’s kind of like Iron Chef, but…not!). Elissa then chose to showcase it in the form of brown butter pound cake. Since it’s Summer and August is sooo hot, we were also asked to make homemade ice cream and make either Ice Cream Petit Fours or Baked Alaska combining the two ingredients.
As already mentioned, I chose to make the baked Alaska. The version I used to make many years ago when I was just a kid had chocolate cake or brownie, vanilla ice cream and meringue. That was the traditional way it was made and it was very tasty and impressive to look at. Everyone loves torching food or seeing someone else torch their food! I thought it was pretty nifty when I was young and still do..
Since we were required on this challenge to make a brown butter pound cake (19 tablespoons of butter, no less!), I thought that the Brandied Peach Ice Cream would be a nice compliment to the nutty and buttery flavor of the cake. Those two ingredients and a little meringue and there you have it! Baked Alaska!
Well, of course, in the Bunkycooks house, nothing is ever easy, so naturally, I was out of my Brandied Peach Ice Cream (who eats all of this stuff?) by the time I got around to making the cake. So then, I ran to the store to get peach ice cream. It’s August and I live in Georgia (which happens to be the “Peach State”) and I can’t find peach ice cream! You’ve got to be kidding me! I was also amazed that the peaches for sale in the grocery store were from California. What is up with that?! Thankfully, I had success at the next store. Problem solved, so I got over it.
I have never made a Baked Alaska; I know I would love it because I love all things meringue but I’ll tell you this…that cute little torch I have for making creme brulee will not cut it; I’m after the real deal like you have. Then maybe I’ll bake an Alaska, not before!
I left you a comment yesterday and it went away – poof! So, here it goes again! Mr. Bunkycooks has the serious torch that could burn the house down. We use it for creme brulee and dishes that require burning the alcohol off. I bet your cute little torch would work fine. Another option is to pop the Baked Alaska in the oven before serving. That works well, too!
This is the first post I’ve seen on this challenge, and I must say that I now have very high expectations! This looks beautiful, and I’m sure it tastes even better. I’m sure you have been busy getting things ready for the conference, but I know that it will be an amazing event and well worth your effort!
Thank you Monet. I had forgotten how pretty Baked Alaskas are and they are nice to do for a dinner party since you can make them a day ahead. Yes, the conference has kept me busy, but is it shaping up to be a great event!
what a perfect baked Alaska!! What a great challenge for this month, and you certainly rose to the occasion! It is stunning, and I know it was delicious!!! You really amaze me with your creations!
Thanks for the comment. The Daring Bakers is so much fun to do, but it always seems like it gets down to the wire before it gets made, so I am happy this one turned out so well!
Is this even legal? Little Casper is gorgeous! I would love to sink my teeth…
LOL! Casper is pretty darn cute! 🙂
everything looks great here! even that cute dotted plate 🙂
Thank you Paula. The little plate is pretty cute, huh? 🙂
They look so pretty. I’ve enjoyed making Baked Alaska in the past but haven’t made it for a very long time. Thanks for reminding me and next time I’ll try your recipe.
This looks fantastic! I have to admit, I’ve never had Baked Alaska before… but I can only imagine that your version of it is nothing short of sublime!
Thank you for your comments. I had forgotten how good Baked Alaska is!
Those are beautiful! I can only imagine all the work you’re putting into the conference. I’m so excited to be there in a couple weeks and experience the fruits of your labor! I think a little store bought ice cream is definitely ok, especially when your results are as beautiful as that! Nice work on the challenge!
Thank you! I am looking forward to the conference, too! It will be a really nice event! 🙂
this in one I have never made, eaten a few time though and loved it — I think your peach version is great sounding ’cause I’m like you, love dem peaches … thanks for the tip on the sweetness of the meringue, I will cut down on the sugar… I think casper merinues will definitely lurk at one of my dinners…
Thank you for the comment. We just finished up the leftovers last evening with a guest and they really were very tasty. It is a nice combination of flavors.
Yours turned out great! I totally should have gone with the baked alaska.. but first, I need to buy a blow torch 🙂 I really hope next month’s doesnt have ice cream!
Looks beautiful! This is sure challenging. I think too challenging for me! Biting into one must be awesome. Wish you can make for me 😛
Gorgeous!! I will have to try my hands on these soon now and casper is adorable 🙂
Thank you. You can also bake these at 500 degrees for about 5 minutes. No blow torch required! It’s not quite the same, but it will work.
I have attempted baked Alaska, but yours are beautiful, and I ‘m sure that they tasted as good as they looked. Great Job!
Thank you, Becky!
oh it looks lovely! you did a fantastic job with this challenge!
Your ice cream flavor sounds delicious… Beautiful piping, too! Great Alaska!
Wow, your baked Alaska is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Thank you for your comments! 🙂
I have never made a Baked Alaska before, nor had one, but this looks wonderful. Peach ice cream sounds great, too.
Congrats on a well-deserved Top 9!
Thank you for the congrats. Baked Alaska is a really fun dessert that I had forgotten about. That is what is fun about Daring Bakers!
Your Baked Alaska looks beautiful. The pound cake was delicious wasn’t it? I made the petit fours and loved every bite of them.
The cake was really good. We enjoyed nibbling on the leftovers after cutting out the circles! 😉
Beautiful!!! Hope you saved one for me. And I love that torch. Need to find mine so I can go play with it. Happy weekend! And can’t wait to see what you have planned for Atlanta FBF! Can’t be there in person, but I’ll be there with ya in spirit!
I wish you could be here with us next week! I am sure you will be hearing about it in blog posts, but we will miss you!!!
The torch is fun to play with. Just don’t get too carried away! 😉
This looks soooo tasty! I have been thinking about joining daring bakers for a while now…so many fun challenges. 🙂 I have never tasted a Baked Alaska before…I bet it is wonderful! Congratulations on making the top 9!
Thank you Christina! You should join in on the fun at Daring Bakers!
the meringue is awesome…brown butter pound cake….unique and different!
Top 9 – good for you!
Beautiful as always! Baked Alaska always reminds me of my mom 🙂
This looks utterly AMAZING. I saw it on Foodbuzz and had to stop by. Congrats on making the Top 9!
Congrats on the top 9! Now wow the Baked Alaska looks delicious, I have to admit I didn’t know what it was before seeing and reading your recipe. Looks yummy and pretty!
Thank you all for your comments!
oh Gwen ~ so pretty and I love the brandied ice cream! but i am not one of those who likes to torch things . . . so I’ll just sit back and watch . . . from afar . . . from quite a long distance away . . . like maybe 2 or 3 States away . . .
LOL! You are too funny. Just no wine with the torch…that might be problematic! 😉
Beautiful job! Your little Casper ghosty alaskas are perfect! Good idea to pair it with peach ice cream. And you are right – its a shocker to find Californian Peaches in Georgia!
Thank you for the comment. Do do look like Casper, don’t they?
This is an old classic isn’t it? Not too difficult but always make a big entrance.
Yes, it truly is an old classic that I have not seen on a menu in years. I certainly have not made it for a really long time. We had a friend over last evening who thoroughly enjoyed it…to the very last bite! I will definitely be reviving this one!
Beautiful. I don’t think I’ll attempt the whole thing, but I do have the ice cream recipe printed out and am headed to the store for cream and milk tomorrow! Wonderful challenge recipe, Bunky.
Thank you! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the ice cream. I will make it again before the peaches are all gone!
This would make a lovely dessert for a dinner party. I’ve never made a Baked Alaska and I am tempted to.
You should do it! It really is perfect and impressive for a dinner party.
Absolutely stunning! Gotta get me one of those flame throwers!
Very funny! 🙂
You’re rockin’ the Daring Baker Challenge! But I don’t own a torch and it would be dangerous is I did, so I’ll just watch and drool 😉
Thank you! It’s not dangerous…you just have to pay close attention and no booze beforehand! 😉
Great job, Gwen. This looks fabulous! And don’t worry about all that butter. During one of Julia Childs’ baking get-togethers, I read that more than 300 pounds of butter was used. So in the grand scheme of things what’s another 19 tablespoons?
Oh, and as to being a pyro… well aren’t we all?
Hahaha! Thank you for your comment. 300 pounds of butter…oh, scary! I guess 19 tablespoons looks like a pinch!
Yes, you definitely like the fire…not a good question to ask you! 🙂
perfect baked alaska, great job!! stunning pics
Very beautiful! I love the last photo where you can see the chunks of peach 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
I think your baked alaska looks just great. I have always had a soft corner for Casper anyways.
And the way many DB challenges are, I’m thinking I would be better off buying that treadmill. 😀
Thank you for the comment! Yes, a treadmill, a bike and an elliptic treadmill are all on order at my house! Yikes! I need to run around the block thinking about it!
Absolutely gorgeous! I want one!
I’ve never made Baked Alaska – just too much to stress over. The year round insane humidity, the tropical heat waiting to turn the ice cream into a puddle 😛 Brava Gwen! Yours look beautiful!!
I adore this dessert and what a fabulous presentation!
Hi Gwen: Your Baked Alaska turned out beautiful and lovely caramelization with that very serious torch! I need one of those fun gadgets/tools…I’m just so afraid of ’em. Congratulations on your DB Challenge.