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Brownie Baked Alaska

Kids of all ages are impressed when I slice into this sweet treat. No one can resist the combination of brownies and two kinds of ice cream with a light meringue topping. This cool and chocolaty dessert looks like I fussed, when really, it's pretty easy to put together.—Spy Hill Public Library, Carol Twardzik, Spy Hill, Saskatchewan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + freezing Bake: 5 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1 quart strawberry ice cream, slightly softened
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • MERINGUE:
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into chocolate mixture. Stir in nuts if desired.
  • Spread into a greased 9-in. round baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, line an 8-in. or 9-in. round bowl (1-1/2-qts.) with foil. Quickly spread strawberry ice cream over bottom and up sides of bowl, leaving center hollow; cover and freeze for 30 minutes. Pack vanilla ice cream into center; cover and freeze.
  • To assemble, place the brownie base on a 10-in. ovenproof serving plate. Unmold ice cream onto brownie. Return to freezer while preparing meringue.
  • In a heavy saucepan or double boiler over simmering water, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. Heat over low heat while beating egg white mixture with a portable mixer on low speed for 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl. Continue beating until mixture reaches 160°. Remove from the heat. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Quickly spread over ice cream and brownie. Bake at 500° for 2-5 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. (Or return to freezer until ready to bake.) Transfer to a serving plate; serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 427 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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