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In honor of Holidays around the world, this page is dedicated to Food Holidays and the month of February. Listed below is our research finding for National Baked Alaska Day; subject facts, it's origin and creator of this annual observance. Since this is a food holiday... we also offer some dessert tips and even a recipe link or two, to help you celebrate your special day.
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National Baked Alaska Day
National Baked Alaska Day is an unofficial food holiday. It is observed in the United States on February 1st but our findings show that dessert lovers from all over the world will also serve this dessert the whole week of Valentine's Day.

If you love ice cream and meringue then your going to love this dessert.
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Facts about Baked Alaska
Baked Alaska (also known as glace au four, omelette à la norvégienne, Norwegian omelette and omelette surprise) is a dessert food consisting of ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue.

Preparation
The dish is made of ice cream placed in a pie dish lined with slices of sponge cake or Christmas pudding and topped with meringue. The entire dessert is then placed in an extremely hot oven for a brief time, long enough to firm the meringue. The meringue is an effective insulator, and the short cooking time prevents the heat from getting through to the ice cream.

The name 'Baked Alaska' was coined at Delmonico's Restaurant by their chef-de-cuisine Charles Ranhofer in 1876 to honor the recently acquired American territory. Both the name 'Baked Alaska' and 'omelette à la norvégienne'/'Norwegian omelette' come from the low temperatures of Alaska and Norway.

Variations
A variation called Bombe Alaska calls for some dark rum to be splashed over the Baked Alaska. Lights are then turned down and the whole dessert is flambéed while being served.

The process was simplified in 1974 by Jacqueline Halliday Diaz who invented a baking pan for Baked Alaska called Cūlinique that forms a fillable hollow in the cake that may be filled with ice cream.

In 1969, the recently invented microwave oven enabled Hungarian physicist and molecular gastronomist Nicholas Kurti to produce a reverse Baked Alaska (also called a "Frozen Florida")—a frozen shell of meringue filled with hot liquor.
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Origin and History of National Baked Alaska Day
The history of National Baked Alaska Day is unknown. Our research did not find the true creator or the origin of this day. No clear evidence has been found to indicate who had the first idea for this holiday or what year it was first celebrated.

Why the month of February and why the 1st day? 
That's the question... This holiday is referred to as a "National" day as all food and drink holidays are. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a food holiday that is publicized to celebrate and many people do celebrate it.

We found  recognition from...
calendar sites, food sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. We also found reference to this day on baker websites and restaurant websites that promote desserts. See Hot Links at right side of page for more information.
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How To Celebrate this holiday:
  • Types of Parties: 1) Host a Baked Alaska dinner party. Pull out the china and wine glasses because this can be a beautiful dessert for a black dress dinner party.  2)You may also like to host a dessert only party that has plenty of delicious drinks to go along with the dessert. 3) 
  • Romantic Meals: Private party for 2 please! Baked Alaska would be perfect to serve to that special someone on Valentine's Day.


  • Amazon Cookbooks: Let's Bake! Amazon is a great source for cookbooks that's perfect for the holidays and friendly get-togethers. They have a huge selection from baking to barbecue.

  • Featured Recipes: Ask the girls over and share recipes. Cook up the recipe and divide with your friends so they have a treat to take home. ~ 

  • Party Planning: Do you need a door prize for your party? Think about giving away a cookbook on baked Alaska.

  • Give a calendar as a gift so they will never forget this holiday again! Amazon has a huge selection of many different theme calendars. Pick a food or dessert theme calendar.

  • Send Free Internet Invitations! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them by email with these fun Internet Invitations. They are always fun & FREE!
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You may also want to research:
  •   Bananas Foster
  •   Flame on the iceberg
  •   Fried ice cream
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National Baked Alaska Day is celebrated annually on February 1st in the United States.
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