Revisiting a Classic Among Our Favorite Chocolate Recipes

What are you waiting for? Here are two delicious baked alaska chocolate recipes for you to try today

There are probably a few chocolate recipes you clearly remember but haven't made in years, either because they're too difficult or because they seem outdated. One of the latter has to be baked alaska -- not necessarily a purely chocolate recipe, but often made with chocolate. It was a staple in the seventies, but these days the very words conjure up images of tacky dinner parties and go-go boots.

But remember, there was a reason baked alaska stayed so popular for so long, and that's because it was so good! Maybe it's time to introduce a new generation to the wonders of baking America's coldest state.

Traditional Baked Alaska

Traditional baked alaska doesn't usually show up in a list of chocolate recipes, but you can always use chocolate cake in place of white -- and the result is startlingly delicious.

2 quarts softened chocolate ice cream
1 package chocolate cake mix
8 egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup white sugar

Line an 8 inch bowl or DEEP baking dish with foil. Press the ice cream into it firmly and freeze for eight hours.

Meanwhile, bake the chocolate cake in an 8 X 8 inch pan according to the package directions. Let it cool completely. Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar, salt, and sugar until they form stiff peaks.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn the cake out of its pan onto the sheet. Turn the molded ice cream onto the cake. Quickly cover the entire concoction with the meringue, making sure to seal the edges. Return to the freezer for two hours.

Finally, bake the whole thing in an oven set to 425 F for about eight minutes, or until the meringue turns brown. Serve immediately.

Marshmallow Baked Alaska

If you like your chocolate recipes a little simpler, why not try this not-quite-baked-alaska instead?

1 quart chocolate ice cream, thawed
Mini marshmallows

Create a frozen brick of ice cream the same way you would above (by spooning it into a deep pan and then freezing for eight hours). Transfer it to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Using cold water to stick the marshmallows together, cover the entire ice cream block, making sure you get right to the bottom edges. Put the whole thing in the oven at 425 and bake it like you would any other baked alaska -- until the "meringue" turns brown.

Baked alaska is a delicious dessert treat and a great chance to try out a forgotten favorite in a new way. Be sure to add this one to your growing pile of chocolate recipes!