Baked Christmas Alaska
Cuisine: British
Author: Kitchens
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 30 mins
  • 1 1/4 Cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Brandy
  • 1 scant pint vanilla ice cream; slightly softened
  • 7 ounces Christmas Pudding or gingerbread cake
  • 8 inches Victoria sponge (shop bought or home-made)*
  • 4 egg whites
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F/225 degrees C/Gas 7.
  2. * Substitute Ladyfingers in the US.
  3. Place 1 1/2 ounces granulated sugar in a small pan with 2 fluid ounces water and heat until the sugar has completely dissolved and the liquid is clear. Remove from the heat and add 2 Tablespoons brandy. Set aside.
  4. Carefully slice the Victoria sponge into three pieces horizontally. Place one sponge layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush over with some of the brandy syrup.
  5. Quickly mix together the ice cream and Christmas pudding and pile up in the center of the sponge, leaving 1/2-inch border around the outside.
  6. Cut the remaining sponge into pieces and use to cover and enclose the entire ice cream mixture, giving an igloo shape. Quickly brush all over with the remaining brandy syrup and place in the freezer.
  7. Heat the remaining 9 ounces sugar and 2 fluid ounces water in a small pan for a minute. Using a mixer or electric beater, whisk the egg whites to ribbon stage and slowly pour in the sugar mixture with the machine still running.
  8. Whisk until stiff peaks form, which may take time with a hand-held beater. Put the meringue in a piping bag, pipe over the Alaska, making a little hollow at the top and bake for five minutes.
  9. Warm the remaining brandy in a small pan, light with a match and pour into the hollow at the top of the Alaska. Carefully put onto a well chilled serving plate and serve at once.
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