Burnt Alaska

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
1 milkshake
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces rum, such as Smith and Cross
  • 2 ounces half-and-half
  • 1 ounce dry oloroso sherry
  • 1 scoop rocky road ice cream
  • 1/3 cup Italian Meringue, recipe follows
  • Italian Meringue:
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  • Put the rum, half-and-half, sherry and ice cream in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a rocks glass. Pipe the meringue on top of the drink, then use a kitchen blowtorch to brown the meringue.

Italian Meringue:
  • Special equipment: a candy thermometer, a piping bag and a kitchen blowtorch

  • Place the whites in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.

  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepot, combine the cream of tartar, 1 cup of the sugar and 1/4 cup water and place over medium-high heat. Cook until the syrup registers 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

  • While the syrup is cooking, whip the egg whites to soft peaks, then gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and whip to stiff peaks.

  • When the syrup reaches the correct temperature, turn the mixer to medium high and slowly pour the syrup down the side of the bowl (avoiding the whisk) into the meringue. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes, then lower the speed to medium and mix until the meringue is cooled, 6 to 8 minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract.

  • Use the meringue to top a pie or for baked Alaska. Or bake into meringue cookies.

Propane Gas Torch Safety: Propane gas torches are highly flammable and should be kept away from heat, open flame, and prolonged exposure to sunlight. They should only be used in well-ventilated areas. When lighting a propane gas torch, place the torch on a flat, steady surface, facing away from you. Light the match or lighter and then open the gas valve. Light the gas jet, and blow out the match. Always turn off the burner valve to "finger tight" when finished using the torch. Children should never use a propane gas torch without adult supervision.

Contains Raw Eggs: The Food Network Kitchen suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.


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