I was watching the Great British Food Revival on iPlayer the other day, the third programme in the series featured Raymond Blanc talking about Trout and Mary Berry praising Dairy Ice Cream.
The programme is worth watching, if you can access the BBC iPlayer. Mary made some delectable dairy ice cream which she then used in an inspiring Baked Alaska.
I was immediately transported back to childhood meals, Baked Alaska made frequent appearances at Sunday Lunch, and I realised that my mother had had a pretty impressive repertoire of puddings.
I have to admit that I had never made a Baked Alaska, but spurred on by Mary Berry's wonderful example and my own happy memories I thought I would attempt one.
Obviously the best place to look for a recipe was the one I had just watched on the BBC. Mary's recipe is on the BBC Website, you can find it here.
I baked a simple one layer fairtrade vanilla Victoria sponge. Once it had cooled, I made some fairtrade vanilla dairy ice cream. I spread some homemade Blackberry and Apple Jam on top of the sponge and then, having filled a pudding basin with ice cream, I inverted the bowl over the jammy sponge releasing the ice cream and forming a perfect mound. The cake and ice cream where popped into the freezer while I made the meringue.
When the meringue was ready, I grabbed the cake/ice cream and covered it with meringue. Again the pudding was put into the freezer.
Once we had eaten our meal, I put the pudding into the oven to cook the meringue.
It was wonderful, evocative of those 1960s and 70s childhood meals, and such great fun to eat. The only change I would make would be to use a lighter, perhaps fatless sponge, next time I make a Baked Alaska.
|The meringue was beautiful and golden, soft and|
Oh! So! Perfect!
|My ice- cream maker|
it may not be fancy, but it does a superb job
|This recipe was a wonderful way to test the whisking |
ability of my lovely new K-Mix.
I had to whisk the ice-cream and the meringue
10 stars for each part!
|Whisking eggs and sugar for the ice cream|
|And finished in the ice-cream maker|
|Into the pudding basin|
(which I lined with cling film)
|The sponge cake|
|Beautiful Blackberry and Apple Jam |
which I had made during the summer in Brittany
|Ready for the meringue|
(which I forgot to photograph being made!)
|Just out of the freezer, before the final 10 minutes in the|
(I made sure there were no gaps)
|The pudding needs to be served straight from the oven|
|I was very pleased with the way it sliced -|
a fabulously retro pudding!