Caramelized-Pineapple Baked Alaskas
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
Baked Alaska is a layer of cake covered with ice cream and meringue and broiled. In this version, Grace Parisi skips the cake: Instead, she tops ice cream (preferably coconut) with pineapple chunks that have been sautéed with store-bought dulce de leche, then spoons a quick meringue over the fruit and broils until golden.
- 1 pint coconut or vanilla ice cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (12 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 3 tablespoons dulce de leche
- 1 large egg white
- Boiling water
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar
- Preheat the broiler and position the rack nearest the heat. Peel the cardboard carton off the ice cream and cut the ice cream into 4 round slices. Pack the slices into four 6-ounce ramekins, transfer to a baking sheet and place in the freezer.
- In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter. Add the diced pineapple and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the dulce de leche and cook, stirring, until the pineapple is lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of dulce de leche and transfer the pineapple to a plate. Place the plate in the freezer to cool the pineapple.
- Put the egg white in a clean mixing bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water and, using an electric mixer with clean beaters, beat the egg white and salt at high speed until firm peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until the meringue is stiff and glossy.
- Spoon the cooled pineapple over the ice cream along with any juices. Dollop the meringue over the pineapple and broil just until lightly toasted, about 45 seconds. Serve right away.