Baked Alaska is a neat ice-cream dessert that is surrounded with meringue, the meringue acting as an insulation between the frozen ice-cream and the hot oven so that, if you have been careful not to leave any holes, the ice-cream emerges as cold as when it went in. You can make a baked Alaska with a shop-bought sponge and manufactured ice-cream or make them both yourself.
Freeze the ice-cream in the coldest section of the freezer and freeze the sponge on a baking sheet overnight.
Spread the sponge with the jam. Turn out the ice-cream to sit on top of the jam. Smooth the meringue all over it with a palette knife, taking it right down to the edge to seal the ice-cream in entirely.
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