Sunday, September 6, 2009
YWPWT: Vacation Pies
In July 2001, my older daughter and I took a special vacation together, a Mother-Daughter Girl Trip . It hardly seems possible that it was really 8 years ago! We flew from Los Angeles to Seattle, rented a car, and drove to Vancouver, BC, doing a bit of sightseeing along the way. I was in familiar territory, having grown up near Seattle, but it was new for Emma.
Our ultimate destination, though, was Alaska -- Alaska via cruise ship. Neither one of us had ever been to Alaska before, or had ever been on a cruise, but because my daughter worked for a cruise line, we had an opportunity to have a new and unforgettable experience.
Since that trip, both of us have continued to cruise. In fact, we'll be going on a cruise together, once again, in a little over a month. It will seem like old times!
So, in honor of that memorable vacation, I have made Baked Alaska Pie. It's quite simple really.
First, you make some homemade ice cream.
The colors, red, white, and blue, celebrate the Labor Day holiday. The ice cream represents Alaska and summer time. You can use store-bought ice cream, of course, but homemade is so much more fun! I used manufacturing cream for my base, with just sugar and flavoring. Simple and rich.
And, yes, I do indeed have 3 ice cream makers, collected over many years.
Next comes the pie crust, pre-baked and cooled.
When the ice cream is firm, but not too hard, place scoops of alternating colors in the pie crust. Place in the freezer for about 2 hours. (Oops -- I almost forgot to document it before covering with meringue.)
Make a meringue using 3 egg whites, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 6 tablespoons sugar. Beat well until it is stiff but still glossy, then top the pie.
Either place the pie into a 475F oven until the meringue browns, or use a torch, which I did. Then place the pie into the freezer for a thorough chill.
Who knew that meringue would freeze well? That is what I learned from this pie.
Each slice is a surprise, since you never know which color combination will appear.
My daughter thought this pie was weird, but delicious. I guess that's a thumbs up.
Eating a piece of Baked Alaska Pie reminds me of my first cruise and the special time I had with my daughter. Thanks to Jenn at Piccante Dolce for a thought-provoking theme. I bet the other pies and their stories will be interesting as well, so please do stop by You Want Pies With That? to find out.