Big Beautiful Baked Alaska
Big Beautiful Baked Alaska
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Freeze: 8 hours
3 cups fat-free vanilla ice cream, softened
2 cups light strawberry ice cream, softened
16 Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers
1/2 cup liquid egg whites (about 4 egg whites)
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), or an HG Natural Alternative below
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Begin with a medium-large bowl with an 8-inch diameter at the top (with a capacity of at least 1 1/2 quarts). Line the bowl with plastic wrap, draping excess wrap over the sides.
Evenly and firmly pack vanilla ice cream into the bowl. Smooth out the surface, and repeat with strawberry ice cream, yielding two packed layers with a flat surface. Place wafers, rounded side down, in a single layer over the strawberry ice cream. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until completely firm, at least 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Set out all remaining measured ingredients.
To make the meringue, combine egg whites with cream of tartar in a large bowl. With an electric mixer set to high speed, beat until fluffy and slightly stiff, about 3 minutes. Continue to beat while gradually adding sugar, Splenda, and vanilla extract. Beat until fully blended and stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove bowl from the freezer and uncover. Place a 9-inch pie pan firmly over the bowl, upside down, and carefully flip so the pie pan is on the bottom. Gently tug on the plastic wrap to release the ice cream from the bowl, leaving the ice cream in the pie pan. Remove the plastic wrap.
Quickly and evenly spread meringue over the ice cream mound. Place pie pan on a baking sheet.
Bake until meringue is cooked through and lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Slice and enjoy! (Freeze the leftovers and eat 'em frozen.)
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
HG Natural Alternative: If you prefer a natural no-calorie sweetener, use spoonable calorie-free Truvia in place of the Splenda. But since Truvia is about twice as sweet, halve the amount called for in the Ingredients list.
Another HG Natural Alternative: Skip the Splenda in this recipe and double the granulated white sugar; each serving will have 203 calories, 42g carbs, and 29g sugars.
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Publish Date: 2012-10-16