Italian Baked Alaska Bombe

recipes11This is one of those desserts that you will impress all around the dining table. This recipe is so simple that who ever sees the end result will not believe you.

Serves 10
Prepare 20 mins + overnight freezing
Cook 5 min


475ml Coffee Ice-Cream
475ml Vanilla Ice-Cream
2 Triple Chocolate Muffins
4 Egg whites
160g caster sugar


Line a 900ml pudding basin or deep bowl with a double layer of clingfilm. Scoop the coffee ice-cream into the bowl, patting it down well. Follow with the vanilla ice-cream, press down firmly, cover with cling film and freeze for at least 2 hours or, better still, overnight.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Slice the muffins horizontally and arrange on the parchment paper to make a round that is roughly the same size as the bowl.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then add the sugar, a quarter at a time, whisking until thick and glossy.

Lift the gelato out of the bowl and upturn onto the muffin layer. Spread the meringue evenly over the ice cream and muffin, making sure they are completely covered. Bake for 4–5 minutes until golden brown then transfer to a serving platter, slice with a serrated knife and serve straight away.