Individual Baked Alaskas
Light and airy beaten egg whites are the secret to a delicious meringue-topped dessert.
- 4 slices (3/4 inch thick each) pound cake
- 1 1/2 cups softened ice cream
- 3 egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
Using a cookie cutter or knife, trim 4 slices of pound cake (3/4 inch thick each) to snugly fit bottoms of four (6-ounce) ovenproof custard cups. Divide 1 1/2 cups softened ice cream among lined cups.
In a mixing bowl, beat 3 egg whites with a pinch of salt to soft peaks. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until stiff and glossy; mound over ice cream. Freeze 1 hour or up to 1 week.
To serve, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Transfer cups to a baking sheet; let sit 10 minutes. Bake until lightly browned (watch carefully), 2 to 4 minutes.