The Alaskan Dessert

This March 30, celebrate the anniversary of the Alaskan Purchase with a slice of Baked Alaska.

In 1867, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. At the time, many Americans criticized the new acquisition as folly. However, one New York restaurant celebrated the occasion with a new dessert.

Delmonico’s restaurant created a unique cake that captured the spirit of the America’s newest, and chilliest, possession. The dessert created by chef Charles Ranhofer consisted of frozen cream with a delicate topping of sweet meringue and was appropriately named the Baked Alaska. While the restaurant’s patrons obviously enjoyed this new dessert’s taste, they marveled at how the frozen cream resisted melting while being baked.

While you don’t often see Baked Alaska on restaurants menus these days, you can still make it at home. Countless recipes can be found online. Of course, if the recipe doesn’t call for ice cream as its main ingredient, I’d strongly advise against it.

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