As I’m learning more skills at work, I’m inspired to test them at home to hone them in and practice practice practice. This past week, I made Italian meringue for lemon meringue pies, and finally got my hands on a kitchen torch. I love seeing the sugars react to the heat (nerd alert), and was inspired to make a baked alaska at home. It just so happened that I have plenty of cake from the tasting left preserved in the freezer, 2 pints of ice cream, and now some Italian meringue. Traditionally, the cake is assembled and then set on fire as a showstopping dessert. Well, I went the GBBO route (without the drama) and torched it. For two reasons: 1. I set shit on fire unintentionally, so let’s not mess with the fates here, and 2. I don’t drink, so there isn’t any alcohol to spray over and set aflame.
This was so much fun! I want to keep at it and practice to get a beautiful meringue design on the cake before getting the torch involved, but for a first chance, it went well! Shout out to my partner in crime for helping take the photos!