Thank you, American physicist Mr. Benjamin Thompson, for discovering how to make meringue back in the early 1800’s! For meringue is a key component of Baked Alaska, the spotlighted dish being celebrated on Baked Alaska Day!
Baked Alaska is made by placing slices of sponge cake in the bottom of a pie pan, filling it with vanilla ice cream and then covering completely with a whipped meringue mixture. The whole thing is baked in the oven at a very high temperature for a short period of time to allow the meringue to solidify slightly and brown. The meringue protects the ice cream from melting, thus giving this dessert its distinctive cold/hot sensation and creamy/crunchy texture loved by so many.
National Baked Alaska Day is celebrated on February 1 of every year. Baked Alaska is prepared by keeping slices of sponge cake as the base and then the sponge cake is filled with vanilla ice cream, and then it is covered entirely with a whipped meringue.This whole thing is then baked before serving in the oven for a short time at a very high temperature to let the meringue mixture to harden slightly and brown. Baked Alaska is also known as Omelette Norvegienne.
The origin and history of National Baked Alaska Day are not known. The origin of this yummy dessert Baked Alaska has been debated. But the foundation of this dessert may be a Chinese dish that used a hard ice cream served with a topping of toasted pastry. Baked Alaska is kept frozen until serving time and then while serving it is baked in a hot oven. The meringue mixture in the dessert saves the ice cream from melting which gives this delicious dessert its special hot/cold sensation and crunchy and creamy texture loved by many people. This sweet dessert was named in the year 1876 at the popular New York Delmonico’s Restaurant by the chef Charles Ranhofer to observe acquisition of America’s new territory.
This sweet treat was named by the chef at the famous New York Delmonico’s Restaurant in 1876 to celebrate America’s acquisition of its new territory. Its lesser known name of Norwegian Omelette also gives tribute to this dessert’s characteristic appearance of a cold, snow covered mountain. Enjoy!
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