Brownie Candy Cane Baked Alaska

I just spent the most amazing week with my family in Seattle. My parents were missing John and decided to bring us both up for a fun pre-holiday vacation. It was great to see everyone and give John a chance to get to know them all better. We played games, did some shopping, saw some sites, and ate way too many holiday treats.

Now I’m home and very much looking forward to a quiet Christmas here. I plan to spend the next few days baking up a storm. Inspired by what I see everyone (online and offline) baking, I have a long list of sweet treats I want to make.

What are you baking this week? If you’re still looking for some inspiration, perhaps a gorgeous show-stopping dessert, look no further. This Baked Alaska is it.

Brownie Candy Cane Baked Alaska

 Continue Reading...Seriously, does a dessert get any prettier than this? I don’t think so.

Brownie Candy Cane Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska may be an old-fashioned dessert, but I think it’s time for a revival. A fudgy brownie sits at the bottom, topped with a dome of peppermint flavored ice cream filled with candy cane bits, and covered with a thick layer of toasted meringue. Heavenly.

Low on time? Use a boxed brownie mix and store-bought peppermint ice cream. It will cut out a lot of the prep time, still taste amazing, and no one will be the wiser!

Brownie Candy Cane Baked Alaska

Whipping meringue

Meringue isn’t difficult, but here are some tips to ensure you get beautiful billowing peaks every time. Separate the egg whites while cold, then let them come to room temperature. Be careful that no yolk gets mixed with the whites, as any presence of fat can affect the egg white’s volume. I use two small bowls as I separate the eggs, one for the yolks and one for the whites, only adding the whites one at a time to the mixing bowl after I’m sure it’s free of any yolk or shell. Whip the whites in a clean metal or glass bowl with a clean whisk.

Brownie Candy Cane Baked Alaska

Brownie and Candy Cane Ice Cream Baked Alaska
A chocolate brownie base covered in peppermint ice cream filled with crushed candy canes, all covered with toasted meringue.
Yield: One 8-inch round frozen dessert
For the ice cream:
  • 2 cups (450 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (225 ml) whole milk
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
  • Red food coloring
For the brownie:
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (100 grams) all-purpose flour
For the meringue:
  • 4 large egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the 1 cup of heavy cream, the sugar and salt. Heat until steaming, while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl. Add the remaining cream, milk, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Chill thoroughly in the fridge.
  2. Meanwhile, make the brownies. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Remove from heat and add the sugar and salt, stirring till combined. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring after each. Add the vanilla. Add the flour and stir until just combined.
  3. Pour brownie batter into an 8-inch round pan that's been lined with parchment paper or greased foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until edges are set. Remove from pan and let cool completely.
  4. Remove ice cream mixture from the fridge and chill in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions, adding the red food coloring and crushed candy canes during the last 5 minutes of churning.
  5. Line a medium sized bowl with an 8-inch round rim with plastic wrap. Pour the churned ice cream into the bowl and spread until even. Top with the brownie (top-side down), making sure it is flush against the ice cream. Freeze until hard, at least 3 hours.
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, make the meringue. Whip the egg whites, cream of tarter and pinch of salt on high speed until foamy. Continue beating while slowly adding the sugar. Whip to stiff peaks.
  7. Remove the brownie and ice cream from the freezer. Invert the bowl onto a cake stand or display plate and lift the bowl away from the brownie and ice cream, using the plastic wrap to pull it out, as necessary. Remove plastic wrap. Cover the domed brownie and ice cream with the meringue, using a knife to create decorative swirls. Use a kitchen torch to toast the meringue, making sure not to burn it.
  8. Serve immediately or return to the freezer if serving at another time. Let the baked alaska sit at room temperature 15-20 minutes for easy slicing.
Notes: You may use the oven broiler to toast the meringue. Set it on an oven rack in the middle or bottom of the oven (depending on how tall your baked alaska is). Watch it very closely to make sure it doesn't burn. The top will toast faster than the sides.

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15 Responses to Brownie and Candy Cane Ice Cream Baked Alaska

  1. Seriously gorgeous! Which brand of torch do you have? So glad you had a great time with the fam.

  2. Kristen says:

    Oh my gosh – this is amazing. So creative and beautiful!

  3. One more reason to get a torch… one more reason!

  4. My heart just stopped. This is sooo gorgeous. How do you think up these things?
    P.S. Where do you get butane for your torch? Do you use a specific kind? I’m a new owner, so just curious :)

    • Annalise says:

      I have been racking my brain for the answer to this question and I honestly don’t remember where I got the butane from. It was likely either from a home supply store (Home Depot) or a restaurant supply store. Good luck!

  5. This is absolutely beautiful Annalise! I’ve been wanting to try a baked Alaska forever!

  6. This is one of the prettiest desserts I’ve ever seen! So impressive. And there’s brownie involved, which means I’m in love!

  7. Wow, wow and WOW. Such a creative recipe and the combo of flavours is amazing.

    No time for me to make this now sadly, but still adding this to my ‘ make & bake’ list.

  8. scrappinJudy says:

    are u SURE about the 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract??? I thought that extract was VERY strong & intended to be used in drops!!! not in teaspoonfuls!

  9. Krista says:

    This looks amazing Annalise!!! Baked Alaska has always intimidated me for the simple fact that I don’t have a kitchen torch. Perhaps I’ll attempt it with the broiler or just come to your house for a slice! Merry Christmas!

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