This winter dessert, with dark colours and rich flavours, requires a few steps but some can be done in advance. Make the almond cakes, ice cream and praline the day before the occasion then cook the apples and brandy sauce just before serving.
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The hot meringue/cold ice cream combination of baked Alaska is a winner, but they can be fiddly to put together at the last minute. Here I have simplified the whole process into a flat slice, so it takes only a few minutes to whip up the meringue and grill the top. If you want to finish the whole thing ahead of time, just gently cover the slice – trying to keep the wrap off the meringue – and freeze for up to three days. Let sit at room temperature for five minutes before serving.
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