Sunday, April 22, 2012

Love is.....

I always have loved Eskimo kissing! It is so sweet. I had to share this with you today.
Please stop by and visit Marydon so you can share your favorite Love is...too!

Here is a bit of Blue Monday

Baked Alaska Recipe

Ice cream is really a traditional Italian treat. Squeezed between homemade sponge cake and a fluffy meringue topping, it turns into a fantastic British dessert: Baked Alaska.
Sponge cake smothered with ice cream and topped with a layer of meringue – baked Alaska is 1 of those retro puddings that everyone loves, even if it’s not chic to say so. But now it’s coming back into fashion – even Michelin starred chef Heston Blumenthal has a recipe for baked Alaska, though he does serve his on dry ice for added drama. It is not the simplest dish to make, but is well worth the effort. This recipe, for a chocolate baked Alaska, which appears here with permission, comes from Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace’s cookbook Gregg’s Favourite Puddings (Octopus £17.99). Gregg uses chocolate ice cream to give a twist to this traditional pudding – should you can get hold of some very good high quality Italian ice cream it will make the dish even a lot more delicious.
Ingredients (serves 10)
For the Sponge:
* 50g (2oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
* 50g (2oz) caster sugar
* 1 egg
* 40g (1 ½ oz) self-raising flour
* 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
* 15g (½oz) cocoa powder
* 2 tablespoons coffee flavoured liqueur
For the Topping:
* 1 litre (1 ¾ pint) round tub chocolate ice cream
* 250g (8oz) plain chocolate, broken into pieces
* 75g (3oz) unsalted butter
* 4 egg whites
* 250g (8oz) caster sugar

I was thinking of this wonderful desert my mother use to serve when I was a kid. Then I found some perfect blues:

 A crisp blue shot of Alaska.
A map showing Alaska in pretty blue.

Now stop by the Blues today and share your favorites with us.

Special request: Please pray for Hannah (at jury duty). Juan who was unfairly treated and in a serious situation at school. Pray for the family of Tony, a sophomore at Nick's school. Unsure how his young life ended and  what happened. Pray for his family. Such a tremendous and very unbelievably sad situation. Thank you. Pass it on please.


Donna Heber said...

How adorable! Just love the photo kissing Eskimo-style.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe and the info on Baked Alaska.
I've had that desert once.

Fashion Momma said...

I'm definitely giving this a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Blue Monday.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful post and sending up prayers for those you mentioned. xo Diana

Unknown said...

Oh, yum! Love baked Alaska. I remember as kids we were always eskimo kissing ... how cute this Love Is... Haven't this one.

Hope you had a good weekend, sweet friend.

Diann said...

I have never tried baked Alaska. I might just have to give it a try! have a Happy Blue Monday Anne!

SmilingSally said...

I prayed for your requests; I can see that they sit heavy on your heart.

Thanks for sharing your blues. I've never been to Alaska.

Happy Blue Monday, Anne.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Such a cute Love Is today!!

HansHB said...

Lovely! A great post for Blue Monday! Have a nice evening!

LV said...

Loved your blues and would definitely enjoy some of the ice cream.

Theresa said...

I will add those prayer requests to my list! So many in need of prayer!

BIG HUGS and I'll have some of that dessert if there is any left:) Have a blessed evening!

jp@A Green Ridge said...

I've never had Baked sounds great though!...:)JP

Denise said...

Going to try that recipe, sounds yummy. I will be praying over your requests.

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Sweet, sweet nose nuzzle!

Gee, I haven't baked and Baked Alaska since my college cookin' class! I may have to try it again!

Have a blessed and beautiful day sweetie!!!

(Update on Angel at my place)

Angela said...

My uncle married a woman from Alaska who is a real Eskimo! I don't know how she ended up in West Virginia but she did and stayed.


EG CameraGirl said...

The baked Alaska looks scrumptious!

Jeanne said...

Anne dear, Thank you so much for the sweetest comment on my anniversary post on PS. It means so much to me that so many blogging friends were so kind with their many comments. We had a lovely day of celebration.

Your PS post is sad and I pray we never forget. Thank you for reminding us of the losses of so many. I'm praying for Hannah as well.

The baked Alaska looks awesome. Mmmmmmm.
Have a blessed sunny day Anne.
Hugs, Jeanne

PS, Congrats to Nick. He is sooooo handsome. xo

~ Noelle said...

we love eskimo kisses.. although my son just calls them nose kisses.

Jessica said...

beautiful BLUE pictures :-)so love it :-) Dropping by from BM