New Recipe: Nigel Barden’s Baked Alaska

Nigel Barden shares his favourite recipes

Author: Natalie ReesPublished 1 hour ago
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We’re so excited that Simon Mayo has launched his brand-new Drivetime show on Greatest Hits Radio!

Simon is back playing the music that defined his career every weekday 4pm-7pm and will be joined by familiar voices… including Nigel Barden on kitchen duties!

Every Thursday, Nigel offers a new recipe for you to try! Click here to see all the recipes so far.

Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Caramel Baked Alaska

From delicious. magazine

Makes 4.

Hands-on time 25 min, oven time 10 min, plus freezing

The secret to baked Alaska is to make sure everything is frozen solid before adding the meringue. It’s also important to heat the oven before you start whisking the meringue – any delay and the ice cream might start melting too quickly. And don’t leave any gaps in the meringue coating.

Nigel’s top tips:

If you want to get ahead, prepare the ice cream sponge bases up to 2-3 days ahead and store in the freezer, wrapped, until ready to finish the dish (steps 3-4).

We used bought madeira sponge cake, but any sponge cake or flan cake will do the trick. Please note: you might have some meringue mixture left over.

Ingredients

240ml chocolate ice cream

250g ready-made madeira cake

80g smooth peanut butter

20g caramel sauce

4 free-range egg whites

Pinch cream of tartar

240g white caster sugar

Method

1 Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper (or use 2 smaller trays so they fit in the freezer). Scoop out 4 scoops of ice cream. Put on the lined tray(s), then freeze again until solid (about 1 hour).

2 Cut the cake into 4 even 2cm slices and trim the corners to make rough circles slightly larger than the ice cream scoops. Spread with the peanut butter and a dollop of the caramel sauce. Put a ball of ice cream on top of each piece of cake, then freeze until needed (see tips).

3 To serve, heat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. When the oven is ready, put the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large clean bowl and whisk using an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Add the sugar 1-2 tablespoons at a time, whisking back to stiff peaks between each addition.

4 Once all the sugar is incorporated and the meringue is shiny and glossy, take the ice cream-topped sponge bases out of the freezer and quickly cover with meringue to the bottom of the bases, leaving no gaps. Bake for 10 minutes until the meringue has a golden brown tinge and is set to the touch. Serve immediately.

Take a look at all of Nigel’s Kitchen’s Greatest Hits:

Baked Alaska

Nigel shares his recipe for Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Caramel Baked Alaska from delicious magazine.
Click more to read the recipe.

Goan Fish Curry

Nigel shares his favourite recipe for Goan Fish Curry. This tasty curry is from Pushpesh Pant from India Cookbook (Phaidon).
Click more to read the recipe.

Asparagus and Sugar Snap Pea Risotto

Nigel shares his favourite recipe for risotto! This tasty dish includes asparagus and sugar snap peas. This recipe is taken from Theo Randall from The Italian Deli Cookbook (Quadrille).
Click more to read the recipe.

Bubble and Squeak

Nigel shares his recipe for Bubble and Squeak! This great recipe is taken from Melissa Hemsley’s book Eat Green.
Click more to read the recipe.

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Nigel shares his recipe for delicious Banana Cake with Peanut Butter frosting! This beautiful recipe is taken from Stirring Slowly: Recipes to Restore and Revive by Georgina Hayden.
Click more to read the recipe.

Thai Green Curry

Nigel’s recipe for the greatest Thai Green Curry! This warming curry is by Jean-Pierre Gabriel from his book Thailand: The Cookbook (Phaidon).
Click more to read the recipe.

Steak and Ale Pie

Nigel shares his recipe for the greatest Steak and Ale Pie! This tasty pie is from Jon Finch’s book Beer Craft (Sphere Books).
Click more to read the recipe.

Read more:

Kitchen Greatest Hits: All the recipes the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show

Simon Mayo returns to Drivetime with Greatest Hits Radio

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Get to know Matt Williams from the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show

Get to know Nigel Barden from the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show

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