10 Rich Valentine's Desserts Worth the Splurge

Baked Alaska
You don't get much more decadent than this!
You don't get much more decadent than this!

What can you say about a dessert recipe that manages to bake ice cream and still keep it cold? Made with cake, ice cream and a crust of lightly browned meringue, baked Alaska is one of the most dramatic desserts in the lexicon of fancy cookery. You don't have to wait until you finish culinary school to try it, though. One of the tricks to a successful baked Alaska is in chilling the ingredients completely. Another is to cook the meringue in a very hot oven to finish it off fast. We have a step-by-step recipe that produces stunning results. If you want spectacle, this one inspires "oohs" and "ahhs."