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Rocky Road Bombe Alaska

 

Are you Ho Ho Ho’ed out yet?

Exhausted from eating your body weight in Turkey and Ham?

Are you, like me, now 50% Gingerbread?

Christmas 2017 is now a memory, but the leftovers remain as does the extra waist girth, the crappy bon bon toys and the over-flowing recycling bin.

I do love Christmas but each year there seems to be more to do, less time to do it in and an abundance of stress and craziness. I do envy those people who say they are having a ‘stress free’ Christmas; but what I think it means is that they lock themselves away on a tropical Island for the entire month of December and don’t return until the hot cross buns start showing up at the bakery.  Whilst I do not like the feeling of losing my marbles on a daily basis I can’t imagine Christmas without lots of baking, entertaining and bad Christmas movies (P.S. ’Christmas Inheritance’ way better than ‘Christmas Prince’). Whilst I don’t want to see another fruit cake for at least a year,  I do love the joy they bring others and the love that goes into making them.

But as the Christmas season comes to an end we have that period of time where, well, time doesn’t really seem to exist. The week between Christmas and New Years is (as I saw in a meme today) a time where days of the week don’t really exist. Life seems simpler; even if only for a brief few days.

And then comes News Years Eve; the chance to party all night long, or in my case be in bed by 10:30 and get angrily woken at midnight by dogs barking at the fireworks. Whether you’re in your pj’s or covered in glitter it’s still a good excuse to eat party cake… like this excessive Rocky Road Bombe Alaska.

This Rocky Road Bombe Alaska is my take on the Taste Mag #tastemagcover monthly comp. Sadly, I’ll never win as whenever they ask me questions about the recipe I have to fess up and say that I completely changed it and whilst it may look the same it’s actually made with veggies (which I think means I deserve a medal…or a job!). It’s part of my goal to conquer food envy, and this was certainly a tasty win!

This Rocky Road Bombe Alaska is layers of Chocolate Brownie, Vanilla Ice Cream with special add ins, Chocolate Sauce and fluffy Meringue. It is extravagant, but why not!! 2017 has been a BIG year and why not celebrate with a special Ice Cream Cake.

Hints:

This Rocky Road Bombe Alaska does have more layers than a onion but it’s worth it. Most of the time is spent waiting for the ice cream to set in the freezer, rather than slaving away in the kitchen.

Most of the elements (with the exception of the meringue and maybe the chocolate sauce) need to be made prior to constructing the Rocky Road Bombe Alaska. Both the Jelly and Jam need time to set in the fridge, the Ice Cream mixture needs to cool/freeze before churning/blending and the brownie needs to be cooled completely before the cake can be constructed.

The Vanilla Ice Cream is my new favourite recipe for 2017 and can be made two ways, depending on your kitchen tools. The custard can be made then cooled before being added to the Ice Cream machine, or made then frozen before being blended. The Ice Cream needs to be slightly softened (but not melted like soup) to be able to stir through the nuts and jelly. This is a big Ice Cream recipe (about 1.2 litres) so depending on the height of your tin there may be leftovers. Isn’t that a shame?!

The Marshmallows are an easy homemade version, but you can use commercial marshmallows if you prefer. The recipe is big and you will only need a ¼ of the marshmallow in the Rocky Road Bombe Alaska. A full recipe is made as it’s hard to find ¼ of an egg white.

If you have a nut allergy just omit the nuts.

If Cherries aren’t in season you can use frozen ones or change it for raspberries or strawberries.

 

Rocky Road Bombe Alaska
Serves 12
This wildly layered Rocky Road Bombe Alaska is a feast fit for a summers NYE party. It's an ice cream cake with hidden veggies, lots of cherries and so many flavours!
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Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
24 hr
Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
24 hr
INGREDIENTS
Rocky Road Bombe Alaska
  1. Brownie
  2. Cherry Jelly, cut into small peices
  3. Cherry Jam
  4. Vanilla Ice Cream
  5. Chocolate Sauce
  6. Marshmallow, cut into small pieces
  7. 1/2 Cup chopped Peanuts (or other nuts, or omit for nut free)
  8. Cherries for decorating
Brownie
  1. 140 grams baked pureed Sweet Potato (about 1/2 tightly packed cup)
  2. 2 Eggs
  3. 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
  4. 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  5. 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
  6. 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  7. 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  8. Dash of Salt
Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. 3 Cups Coconut Cream (use the thickened cream from an opened can of coconut cream/milk that has been in the fridge overnight. Discard and DO NOT use the watery remains)
  2. 3 Cups Coconut Milk
  3. 2/3 Cup Maple Syryp (or Rice Malt Syrup or Honey) add an extra 1-2 Tablespoons if sweeter ice cream wanted)
  4. 5 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract (more if wanted; do a taste test to be sure)
  5. Dash Salt
  6. 4 Tablespoons Arrowroot (Cornflour can be used instead)
Cherry Jam
  1. 1/3 Cup Cherries (stones removed)
  2. 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
  3. 1 Tablespoon Water
Cherry Jelly
  1. 150 grams Cherries (stones removed)
  2. 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  3. 1/2 Tablespoon Gelatin
Marshmallow
  1. You will only need 1/4 of the Marshmallow for the recipe
  2. 100ml Water
  3. 3/4 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
  4. 2 Tablespoons Gelatin
  5. 100ml Water
  6. 1 Egg White, at room temperature
  7. 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Chocolate Sauce
  1. 4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup/Honey
  2. 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  3. Dash Salt
  4. 1/2 Cup Cocoa
  5. 2/3 Cup Coconut Cream Cream
Meringue
  1. 4 Egg Whites
  2. 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup/Honey
  3. 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
INSTRUCTIONS
Rocky Road Bombe Alaska
  1. Take a 12cm x 22cm tin (I used a meat loaf tin) and line it with baking paper (making sure it overhangs quite long over the sides of the tin.
  2. Remove the paper and place the brownie on the paper and lift it into the tin (you could do this without the paper but it does reduce the risk of the brownie breaking).
  3. Take the Ice Cream (either straight from the ice cream machine or blender; it needs to be softened) and stir throught the peanuts and the marshmallow pieces. Keep a few of each for decorating at the end.
  4. Add 2/3 of the Ice Cream mixture to the tin.
  5. Make a few divets in the top of the ice cream and add the cherry jelly and a few stoned cherries. Retain a few jelly pieces and cherries to decorate the meringue before serving.
  6. Spread the Cherry Jam over the top of the ice cream.
  7. Top with the remaining ice cream and cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours.
  8. If there is too much ice cream for the tin you can build up the edges with baking paper and/or foil or just eat the left overs.
  9. After 4 hours (or longer), spread the cooled sauce over the top of the cake. Retain a small amount of Chocolate Sauce to drizzle over the cake before serving. Cover the cake again and place in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours (longer is ok).
  10. Just before serving, make the meringue.
  11. Remove the cake from the tin using the extended baking paper edges and place on a serving tray. Spread the meringue all over the Ice Cream Cake and use a blow torch to brown the edges. (this isn't neccessary but is pretty cool!).
  12. Top with remaining cherries, marshmaloow pieces and jelly cubes and drizzle the left over chocolate sauce over the top.
  13. Serve immediately.
  14. The Rocky Road Bombe Alaska will need to be stored in the freezer between serves.
Brownie
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Grease and line a 12cm x 22cm tin (I used a meat loaf tin).
  2. Place the sweet potato and maple syrup in a blender/food processer and process until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla, coconut flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa to the blender and proces until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the lined tin and smooth the top.
  5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked though.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool befre removing.
Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. If using an ice cream machine be sure to place the bowl in the freezer the day before. Be sure to check the instructions as to how long is required (mine is 12 hours).
  2. In a medium sized saucepan place the thickened coconut cream, 2 Cups of coconut milk, maple syrup, salt and vanilla. Place the saucepan over a medium/low heat and warm slowly, or until the cream has 'melted' and the mixture is luke warm.
  3. Meanwhile, place the extra 1 Cup of coconut milk in a small bowl and whisk in the arrowroot, making sure no lumps remains.
  4. One the saucepan mixture has warmed, increase the heat to medium/high and add the thickened milk mixture, whisking to combine.
  5. Whisk/stir regualry as the mixture starts to thicken. The mixture will become custard like in it's consistancy. Be sure to whisk/stir the bottom of the pot to ensure that the mixture does not stick and burn. This will take 5-10 minutes.
  6. Once thickened, allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  7. Option 1 Ice Cream Machine
  8. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours. Once cooled, pour into the Ice Cream Machine and mix for the required time (mine was 20 minutes).
  9. Option 2 No Churn - Blend
  10. Pour the mixture into shallow, sealed containers and freeze until set (allow 6-8 hours).
  11. Break the frozen mixture into pieces and place in a food processor/blender.
  12. Blend on high until creamy (about 2-3 minutes. It will go grainy first; don't stress it goes creamy eventually!).
Cherry Jam
  1. Place the cherries, maple syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium. Whisk to combine and allow to simmer for 8 minutes, or until the fruit has broken down.
  4. To make a smoother jam, use a masher or a food processer.
  5. Store in fridge
Cherry Jelly
  1. Place the cherries in a blender and process until broken down.
  2. In a small bowl spinkle the gelatin over the boiling water and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the water mixture to the cherries and blend until smooth(ish).
  4. Pour into a small container lined with plastic wrap and palce in the fridge for at least 4 hours or until set.
  5. Once set, use a sharp knife to cut into small pieces.
Marshmallow
  1. Place 100ml of water and Maple Syrup/Honey in a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat.
  2. At the same time sprinkle the gelatin over 100ml of water and allow to thicken.
  3. Once the mixture is boiling reduce the heat slightly and add the thickened gelatin mixture, whisking vigorously to incorporated the gelatin and ensure no lumps remain.
  4. Return to medium heat and return to the boil and boil for 1 minute, continuing to whisk.
  5. Place the egg white in a clean bowl of a kitchen stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
  6. Place mixture on medium and whisk until the egg white is frothy.
  7. Pour the hot mixture in to the bowl, pouring slowly along the edge of the bowl.
  8. Turn whisk to high and whisk for 5-7 minutes.
  9. Add the Vanilla and whisk on high until firm but not set (another minute)
  10. The mixture should be shiny and thick, but still able to be piped and spread.
  11. Spread into a greased and lined dish or pipe out onto a greased and lined tray.
  12. Allow to sit at room temperature overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  13. Once set, use a sharp knife to cut into small pieces.
Chocolate Sauce
  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat.
  2. Ensure that you stir constantly otherwise it may stick and burn.
  3. Pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge.
  4. This sauce will thicken in the fridge.
Meringue
  1. Do not take the ice cream cake out of the freezer until the meringue mixture is ready.
  2. Place all the meringue ingredients in a heat proof bowl over a pot of water.
  3. Slowly warm the pot of water, warming the egg white until it is warm to touch. This needs to be done slowly to prevent the egg whites from curdeling or cooking.
  4. Remove the mixture and place in a bowl of a kitchen stand mixer. Whisk on high for 8 minutes or until glossy.
  5. Remove the cake tin from the freezer and spread the meringue on top.
  6. If desired; use a blow torch to brown off the edges of the meringue. It is still edible and super tasty without this step.
  7. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Taste Mag
Adapted from Taste Mag
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