Defying all logic, this showstopper dessert of baked ice cream will certainly impress guests at a summer dinner party. Try Rachel Allen's glorious chocolate baked Alaska recipe or Mary Berry's classic vanilla and cherry version.
A simple chocolate cake topped with your choice of ice cream – which is then smothered with soft meringue and lashings of chocolate sauce. Surely this 70s classic is due a revival?
Equipment and preparation: you will need a 1 litre/1¾ pint pudding basin (20cm/8in in diameter), a 20cm/8in round cake tin and a flat baking tray.