Friday, 29 June 2012

Cookery challenge- Baked Strawberry Alaska

This month I have joined the Cookery club hosted by Lucent Imagery this months challenge was :-
A dish featuring at least one item of in-season fresh produce


As it is June there was only one ingredient at the top of my list, particularly as it growing in the garden,
yes its Strawberries. 



The next decision was what to make - something I hadn't made before and after some thought I came up with Strawberry Baked Alaska with strawberry crisps with strawberry jus.


To make the strawberry crisps cut the strawberries into 1/4 inch slices and place on greaseproof paper and cook in a very low oven until they dry out.


I then covered 4 ramekin dishes with cling film and placed strawberry slices at the bottom , covered with ice-cream and put more slices on top. These then went  into the deep freeze.


To make the strawberry jus slice the strawberries thinly and put over a bain marie (glass or metal bowl over simmering water) with the sugar and simmer for 45 minutes.( I used 200g of strawberries and 20g of sugar.) Put the mixture through a sieve, I 'm afraid I cheated and only sieved half of the mixture as it tasted so good!


The next stage was to make the Italian Meringue using 120g of caster sugar, 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of water. Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and dissolve stirring once or twice. When the liquid is clear bring to the boil and boil for 3 minutes.

In the meantime seperate the eggs, whisk them to soft peaks and add the hot sugar mixture slowly while still whisking. Whisk the mixture on high for 10 minutes.

Take the icecream out of the freezer place on a disk of cake and quickly cover with the meringue, place back in freezer until ready to cook.

Cook in a high oven 200c or Gas Mark 7 for 3-5 minutes until lightly brown.


Take out and serve immediately with the strawberry crisps and jus.


Enjoy!


I enjoyed the challenge as I this is the first time I have made a baked alaska, strawberry crisps and jus, or a meringue done the Italian way. One of our favourite strawberry dishes is Eton Mess, but we all thought this was a nice change and I will defintely make it again. Although next time I will pipe the meringue to make it look more professional.

Thanks again for Lucent imaginery for organising the cookery club if you are interested in joining in next month she will make you very welcome . The other blooggers taking part are From Rivers edge
Bakery Bookery and Anything squirrel squirrel.


Welcome to my new followers Annemarie and Petra and Lene thanks for joining me.
Sarah x






28 comments:

  1. Your baked strawberry alaska looks seriously tasty! You can't beat fresh strawberries at this time of year.
    Have a great weekend.
    June

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  2. ooh yummy! I love the strawberry season, lots of pick-your-own fields around us. x

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  3. To die for! (Actually that's a horrible expression! Shall we say worth living for?) Strawberries are gorgeous just now - will try the jus and the dish with ice cream..
    Thanks for this.

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  4. This looks AMAZING! I've always wanted to make a baked alaska, and adding strawberries makes it even better! I'll have to give this a go. Great photos too!

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  5. Wow, that looks gorgeous! We have strawberries in the garden too, but mine don't seem to make it to the kitchen! Eton Mess one of my favourites too! Have a lovely weekend, Claire xx

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  6. Oh my word - this is the second mouth watering recipe I've found in the past ten minutes. That looks gorgeous.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Nina x

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  7. wow that looks so tastey!

    We went to a pick your own farm the other week but we were about 2 weeks to early! I think it might be time to organise another trip!!!

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  8. Hi sarah,
    What a lovely, lovely recipe.
    I love strawberries, but alas struggle with baking.....
    Can I join you's for tea! hehe!
    Have a weekend of loveliness.....
    Maria x

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  9. wow you are brave - I have often thought about it and chickened out! I made a raspberry millefeuille today and it actually worked! Staggering! I love the sound of yoyr stawberry crisps, I bet they looked amazing too, happy strawberry season,

    Sarah -x-

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  10. hi Sarah, thanks for the comments during my holidays :)
    This post made me hungry... those strawberries look greattt!!!
    :D
    XOXO

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  11. Your Bakes Strawberry Alaska looks beautiful and I certainly wouldn't mind trying the Eton Mess you referenced. I too am in the strawberry mood, but only made a simple single jar of jam for a peanut butter and jam sandwich today. Much less challenging, but still tasty.

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  12. Your dessert looks so good, and your photography is out-standing. I am a retired grandmother who loves to travel, but my budget and working husband keep me pretty much grounded at home. I love my home and feel very blessed, so I do my traveling through all my many blogging friends throughout the world. Dorset is one of the prettiest places I have ever seen. I have a love of vintage, village, the sea, and little shops along cobblestone streets. I have just become a follower to your beautiful site and I am looking forward to becoming good blogging friends, and following you on your blogging journey. Please accept my warm invitation to visit. I blog about art, paper crafts, sewing, music, journaling, and local travel . . . I'm just enjoying each and every day the good Lord sends my way. Have a marvelous day, Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie,
      A warm welcome and thank you for your lovely comments. I love travelling the world through blogs and finding out so much about other countries too.
      Sarah x

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  13. Hi Sarah,

    Yum! your baked strawberry Alaska looks delicious and it must be fun belonging to the Cookery Club. I have made Eton Mess a few times and that is always great.

    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  14. That looks so good! Ive just found your blog whilst Blog hopping and Ive spent a while reading your lovely posts and photos. I am your newest follower. x

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  15. Hello Sarah, I was delighted to see you visiting my blog and I am excited that you chose to follow me. I don't think I mentioned this before, but our dogs look very much a like. I got Butchy as a retirement present to myself. I found him in a newspaper ad and drove to the house, got down on the kitchen floor with all the puppies and Butchy walked over and curled up in my lap. The other puppies were jumping and playing all around me. I knew right then that he was the little boy for me. Have a wonderful day, and thank you again for your sweet visit. Connie :)

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  16. Oh that does look good!
    pop over to my blog to pick up your Sunshine Award!
    xxx

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  17. Hej Sarah,

    thanx for your nice comment! and also for writing in my mother language ;D
    and by the way, i like the *strawberry flowers* in your decoratings...

    i wish you all the best and have a nice week...
    Silvi

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  18. Hello I've just come over from Everyday Life.

    Your baked strawberry Alaska looks scrummy! Do the strawberry crisps still have a strawberry taste?

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    1. The strawberry crisps had a more intensive strawberry taste, although I was the only one in the family that liked it!
      Sarah

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  19. Congratulations on your Award.

    I love your blog and this recipe is diving.

    I will look forward to your visit and comments

    Helen

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  20. Sarah, it was sooo good to have you join in the cooking club. This looks utterly delicious. Even more exciting that you were able to use produce from your very own garden. And thank you for your kind words. The elimination diet is proving to be very challenging but I haven't broken! I think I have just confirmed an intolerance to gluten and now I move onto the next challenge - salicylates. Thank you for your support. x

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  21. Yummy, anything with strawberries in it has got to be good :-)

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  22. Ooh! This looks and sounds delicious!!! Yum!

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  23. This looks fantastic and your strawberries are so red - they must be very sweet and tasty! When will you make it again? I will come over... ;o) Christa

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  24. Wow! Baked alaska is HARD! So impressive (and making me hungry!) Beautiful! I came over to hunt for your June scavenger hunt piccies (as no link with Kathy yet), where are they?!?!?!?!x

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    1. Hi Kezzie,
      I didn't have time to do the photo scavenger hunt this month,sorry!
      Sarah x

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  25. Oh my that looks wonderful! I second your love of eton mess too, it's something I sometimes make here in Australia but we often use mangos in the summer time. Nice to meet you through the cooking club:) Love your loch photos too!

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