I want to make Baked Alaska for a retro dinner party but I don't want to have to make the meringue just before it's used (I'll be drunk by that point in the night!). Is there any way of making the meringue beforehand so I can just pour it over the ice cream and cook it when I want it?
Thank you and Merry Christmas.
Sorry, meringue won't hold very long. You might try cooking it up in a baking dish ahead of time and letting it stand at room temperature then cut it into pieces and serve it on top of your ice cream. It might even make a decent presentation if the ice cream is cut into slices with a slice of meringue on top.
"Sorry, meringue won't hold very long." That's the story.
Maybe get a designated meringue maker lined up for finishing the dessert,;-) Have a happy and safe holiday!
I have successfully executed torched for service baked Alaska, where an Italian meringue is applied to the ice cream/cake and put back in the freezer until service. It was torched to order with no perceptible loss of quality.