Friday, August 27, 2010

YAY! for food on a stick!!

The August 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Elissa of 17 and Baking. For the first time, The Daring Bakers partnered with Sugar High Fridays for a co-event and Elissa was the gracious hostess of both. Using the theme of beurre noisette, or browned butter, Elissa chose to challenge Daring Bakers to make a pound cake to be used in either a Baked Alaska or in Ice Cream Petit Fours. The sources for Elissa’s challenge were Gourmet magazine and David Lebovitz’s “The Perfect Scoop”.

I made my pound cake with hazelnut meal in place of some of the flour to match my chocolate hazelnut ice cream and then decided to put it on a stick! Everything's better on a stick. They were melty but yummy.

Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

8 ounces hazelnuts, toasted and cooled
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
4 ounces dark chocolate

Grind nuts with sugar in food processor. Place in saucepan with milk and salt and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat and let steep for 20-30 minutes. Strain in a fine sieve.

Pour the milk into a clean saucepan, reserving about 1/4 cup. Mix reserved milk with cornstarch, whisk into saucepan. Bring the milk to a boil and let boil a couple of minutes. Pour into a sealable container and cover the top surface with cling film. Let cool several hours or overnight.

Process in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions.


  1. Hi Sarah! A very original idea!Your Baked Alaska is so cute! Well done!

  2. I have to say, these were an early favorite of mine, and, out of all of the amazing, beautiful, fantastic and creative desserts prepared by the awesome daring baker crew this month, I still absolutely love these. Awesome job with the recipes and with the execution. I so wish I could have tasted a Baked Alaska Pop! :)

  3. If this was a competition you could easily be the winner, not only for the perfect looking Alaska, but for the creativity of making it into a lolly! Love your creation! Bravo!!!

  4. I like the way you think :) Everything is better on a stick. Yours sound and look amazing!