The science behind Baked Alaska!

Make a yummy Baked Alaska and learn at the same time.

Mmmmm, Ice-cream is one of me and my children’s most favourite foods. On it’s own straight out the tub, or on top of a cone or with a pudding, it is just yummy, but we all know what happens if you leave ice-cream out for too long don’t we? Yes it melts!

Personally I quite like runny ice-cream but is it possible to keep ice-cream cold and not melt and apply heat?

Sounds impossible doesn’t it? but actually in the simple pudding Baked Alaska, we are going to see this happen!

What you will need:

 

Some cookies (quite large ones!)

Some ice-cream

3 large eggs

g of sugar

Mixing bowl

Whisk

Baking tray

Aluminium Foil

Oven

 

Method

 

1. Firstly you need to separate the egg yolk from the egg white. The easiest way to do this is crack the egg into your hand over a bowl. Catch the yolk and let the white drain through you fingers. Put the yolk into a separate bowl. Try to get as much of the white as possible.

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Separate the eggs

 

2. Add the sugar and whisk together until you have a glossy thick meringue mixture – test it over your head to check that it is stiff enough. If you think it will pour it is not ready!

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Pour in the sugar

 

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Being brave!

 

3. Pre -heat your oven to highest gas mark.

 

4. Line your baking tray with the silver foil. Place on your cookies.

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Yummy cookies!

 

5. Take a scoop of ice-cream that will fit the centre of the cookie. Put it into the meringue mix and submerge it until it is totally covered.

 

6. Put your ice-cream scoop on the cookie.

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Ice-cream ball totally submerged in Meringue

 

7. Bake the ice-cream for about five minutes or until it goes golden brown.

 

8. Remove it and cool it for a few minutes so you don’t burn your lips and you have a nice yummy pudding!

 

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The science behind baked Alaska, Science Sparks

Non melted ice-cream! Whoop whoop!

The Science Bit! 

 

When you whisk up the meringue you fill the mixture with lots of air bubbles, remember we looked at transforming egg whites a little while ago!  This acts as an insulating layer around the ice-cream and protects it from the heat. The heat is unable to penetrate through and so the ice-cream stays cold.

 

So there you have it – science and a pudding all in one! You can’t get better than that!

 

 

Author: Emma Vanstone

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16 Comments

    • Yes, kitchen science is one of our favourites.

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  1. yum! I’ve never made a baked alaska but I want to try now!
    x

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    • It is totally worth the effort!

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    • It was…the great thing about science it you have to repeat the experiment to ensure it is accurate!

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  2. Have to admit I’ve never tried Baked Alaska, let alone knew how it worked… I’m so intrigued now!

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    • Give it a go…the yumminess is worth the effort!

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    • Oh it was so delicious especially as the cookie goes warm and soft! Delicious!

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  3. This is so great and something that I can’t wait to do once J is a little older. I love how brave you were with the bowl

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots

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    • Yes I was a little nervous! Your welcome! x

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  4. Oooh yummy and I LOVE that image of the whisked egg white.. really didn’t fall out!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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    • It really didn’t fall out, but I was very nervous!

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  5. How fun! I remember making Baked Alaska with my mother for special occasions…Christmas maybe. We never discussed the science behind it though. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Have a great week!

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  6. I can’t tell how much sugar is needed. It only says “g of sugar” on my screen.

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