Baked Alaska

Preparation info

  • Serves

    8

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Cook’s Canon: 101 Recipes Everyone Should Know

The Cook’s Canon

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2003

  • About

Baked Alaska is a stunt that began as a joke. Actually, it could well have been one of the many jokes made at the expense of President Andrew Johnson’s secretary of state, William H. Seward, after he bought Alaska from Russia for just over $7 million in 1867. Wags called the distant northern territory Seward’s Folly and Seward’s Icebox, so it was probably inevitable that someone would create a snowy dessert—consisting of ice cream covered with lightly brown