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4th of July Baked Alaska, one of Zoë François's favorite 4th of July desserts.

4th of July Baked Alaska

This recipe requires you to plan ahead! You'll need to make three different ice cream recipes (find recipes in the notes below), freeze the ice cream layers in between, and macerate the strawberries two hours ahead of time. You can watch me assemble this in my Instagram story.
Course: ice cream

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Strawberry Ice Cream*
  • 2 cups Coconut Ice Cream**
  • 2 cups Blueberry Ice Cream***
  • Swiss Meringue for covering the cake****
  • 1/4 cup Kirschwasser

Macerated Strawberries

  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries cut them no more than 1/4-inch-thick
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lime or lemon juice

Instructions

Make macerated strawberries:

  • Combine the strawberries, sugar and lime juice in a small bowl and allow to sit for 2 hours, until the strawberries have released much of their juices. Strain when ready to use.

Assemble the Baked Alaska:

  • You can watch me assemble the baked Alaska in my Instagram story. Line a frozen 9-inch Pullman Loaf Pan with parchment paper.
  • Spoon 1/3 of the strawberry ice cream into the loaf pan, spoon some of the macerated strawberries onto the ice cream, repeat this two more times. Run a knife in the ice cream to distribute the strawberries, then smooth the top. Cover and freeze for at least an hour.
  • Add the coconut ice cream to the pan and smooth it over the strawberry ice cream. Freeze for at least an hour.
  • Spread the blueberry ice cream over the coconut layer, cover and freeze for several hours, until it is firm. This can be done days in advance of serving it.
  • Invert the pan over the serving plate (be sure the plate is large enough to catch the kirschwasser when you pour it over the top) and if the ice cream won't come out, heat the pan by wrapping it with a hot towel or wave it with a blowtorch.
  • Cover the cake with the meringue. I used an Ateco 790 Decorating Tip and a Leaf Decorating Tip. Freeze the cake for at least an hour before serving.
  • Just before serving, warm the kirschwasser in a pan over low heat for about 2 minutes. Carefully light the kirschwasser on fire with a long match or torch flame. Carefully and slowly drizzle the flaming alcohol evenly over the entire cake and watch it toast the meringue. It will burn off on its own.

Notes

*Find the strawberry ice cream recipe here. I added sliced, macerated strawberries to the ice cream as I was taking it out of the ice cream maker.
**I added 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut to my vanilla ice cream recipe just as it was finishing churning in the ice cream machine.
***I used the strawberry ice cream recipe, but used blueberries instead.
****Swiss meringue recipe here. Watch my meringue video here.