National Baked Alaska Day is celebrated on February 1 of every year. Baked Alaska is prepared by keeping slices of sponge cake as the base, and then the sponge cake is filled with vanilla ice cream and then it is covered entirely with whipped meringue. This whole thing is then baked before serving in the oven for a short time at a very high temperature to let the meringue mixture harden slightly and brown. Baked Alaska is also known as Omelette Norvegienne.
“I love dessert. I can’t be guilty about it because I have to taste everything. I experiment.” – Martha Stewart.
History of National Baked Alaska Day
The origin and history of National Baked Alaska Day are not known. The origin of this yummy dessert, Baked Alaska, has been debated. But the foundation of this dessert may be a Chinese dish that uses hard ice cream served with a topping of toasted pastry. Baked Alaska is kept frozen until serving time, and then while serving, it is baked in a hot oven. The meringue mixture in the dessert saves the ice cream from melting, which gives this delicious dessert its special hot/cold sensation and crunchy and creamy texture loved by many people. This sweet dessert was named in the year 1876 at the popular New York Delmonico’s Restaurant by chef Charles Ranhofer to observe the acquisition of America’s new territory.
Other Celebrations on February 1
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How to Celebrate the Day
Whether you call it Baked Alaska or Omelette Norvegienne, on National Baked Alaska Day, order up some Baked Alaska at your favorite restaurant and enjoy eating it with your family members and friends, or you can also try making this delicious dessert at home. Take pictures while enjoying this sweet treat and share them with others on social media by using the hashtag #BakedAlaskaDay.
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