Failsafe Recipes: Sweet things, biscuits, desserts

Bombe Alaska

An entertaining failsafe substitute for hot puddings, suitable for an Australian Christmas.

1 packet of broken biscuits (eg Nice, or homemade)
4 tbsp of magic cordial drink which has been diluted to taste
5 egg whites
155 g caster sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 litre block of failsafe vanilla icecream
pure icing sugar for dusting

Cover the base of an ovenproof serving dish with broken biscuits or stale cake. Drizzle with magic cordial. Beat egg whites with sugar and salt until stiff. Arrange icecream on broken biscuits. These are to insulate the icecream from the heat. Using a large knife, quickly spread meringue mixture all over the icecream. Dust with pure icing sugar. Bake for 3-4 minutes, no longer, in a very hot oven (250°C) and serve immediately. This dish can be prepared a few hours in advance and stored in the freezer. Dust with icing sugar immediately before baking.