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Quick Individual Baked Alaskas

Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 single-serving dessert sponge cakes
  • 4 scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons chopped toasted nuts or shredded coconut (optional)
  • Sweetened sliced fruit or your favorite ice cream topping (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Flatten four paper baking cups and place in a shallow baking pan. Center one single-serving dessert sponge cake (the type sold for making individual strawberry shortcakes) on each paper circle. Place a generous scoop of strawberry ice cream on each cake. Freeze at least 30 minutes; wrap airtight if freezing longer than a few hours.

  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat 4 egg whites with 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Spread meringue evenly over each cake and ice cream, sealing meringue to paper. Sprinkle evenly with about 1 tablespoon chopped toasted nuts or shredded coconut, if desired.

  3. Bake until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve immediately with sweetened sliced fruit or your favorite ice cream topping.