Baked Alaska is a dessert made of ice cream and cake covered with meringue and baked. The meringue acts as an insulation, which keeps the ice cream from melting even though the dish is cooked in an oven. Traditionally, Baked Alaska is made with sponge cake covered in a sweet sauce like raspberry or strawberry jam, then topped with softened ice cream before being enveloped in a layer of meringue. The meringue is then browned either by briefly cooking it in the oven or using a blow torch.
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