I’m learning as life goes on and I become more busy, that I need to treat myself to something I love every once in a while, so as part of a sponsored post with #CollectiveBias and their client, I decided to make Bananas Foster Baked Alaska Cupcakes while relaxing in my skivvies and fuzzy slippers after the kids were in bed. That’s luxury, and talk about a positively delicious treat!
Seriously, though. How much does the term “luxury” change once you have kids? Kyle and I spent 5 days at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida when we were first dating. It was absolutely the most luxurious thing ever, our most wonderful summer indulgence. We had an oceanfront room on the top floor. The resort had the most amazing, fuzzy robes for you to wear during the duration of your stay. A room service breakfast for two ran us $100. It was posh. Indulgent. Amazing. Something we can no longer afford now that we have three other mouths to feed.
Since having kids, the most luxurious thing we get to do is use the restroom without little heads peeking in wondering what we’re doing in there. I miss being able to steal away for a luxurious weekend without the little heel biters. Unfortunately, our budget doesn’t exactly cover the cost of a babysitter and a place like The Breakers. We’d wind up sleeping under the bridge in whichever locale we decided to visit, which is the antithesis of luxurious, though it does conjure memories of my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers song.
Since having Madilyn and Grady, we’ve definitely slouched on making time to do luxurious things. It certainly doesn’t help that Kyle works afternoons and evenings. I get to deal with the most difficult times of the day: nap, dinner, bath, and bed. The last thing I usually want to do is treat myself to anything other than a stiff drink.
The thing is, that’s not really satisfying, and I’m tired of sitting round staring at one another once the kids go to bed and Kyle does have a night off. We’re kind of, OK really huge food snobs, and when we go out we like to go to locally owned farm-to-table type restaurants that cost a little more than the average chain. Couple that with the cost of a babysitter and we could spent a night at The Breakers again. I’m a good cook and a darn good baker, so I’m trying to create romantic evenings from home that include things that we might find at a luxurious restaurant, like Bananas Foster. Bananas Foster, by the way, is like the easiest dessert on the face of the planet to make. If you haven’t tried to make it at home yet, you really ought to.
I was picking out some gelato for us to indulge in this week when I noticed that Häagen Dazs had some new gelato flavors out. The caramelized banana chip made me stop for a minute and think about how flipping delicious it would be in individual baked Alaskas. Wait a minute, individual Baked Alaskas set atop bananas foster. YES! I was yanking the freezer door open and shoving the little pints of gelato into my cart so fast people probably thought something was wrong with me. I may have done a cinematic heel click as I skipped away, shaking in delight.
Let me tell you about this ambitious endeavor. I’ve never in my life eaten baked Alaska. They don’t serve it in the restaurants in Alaska, it was created in Boston when Alaska became a state in 1959. So despite what you think, Alaskans don’t live in igloos, and they don’t eat baked Alaska. Ever.
Baked Alaska involves cake with a dome of ice cream over the top, which is then topped with meringue and baked for 5 minutes. It is usually served in a larger cake size, but because this is a dinner for two, I decided to just make a few of them because they have to be eaten immediately upon being baked. For melty ice cream reasons, you know.
My bananas foster baked Alaska recipe has a gluten-free cupcake which has been hollowed out
and filled with Häagen Dazs‘ new caramelized banana chip gelato.
It was then re-frozen and topped with meringue before being baked for 5 minutes.
When it was done baking, I set it atop bananas foster (which I played pyromaniac to make)
and served it to my husband on our finest china. It was, by far, the most luxurious thing we’ve eaten in a long time, even from those locally owned, posh little restaurants we like to visit.
For a super limited time, you can grab Häagen Dazs’ new Pomegranate Dark Chocolate bars at Walmart. They’re the perfect summertime indulgence when you don’t have the time to make something decadent.
I couldn’t pass up on Häagen Dazs’ new pistachio flavor too. I paired it with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream for a slightly healthier indulgence. Don’t miss that delicious pistachio gelato berry parfait recipe to enjoy after the kids go to bed. It would be delicious while relaxing in a hot bath.
Now make sure you pin this recipe for your next luxurious event. It makes enough for a small gathering, or you can make just a few at a time and use the leftover meringue for meringue cookies. Whatever, the sky’s the limit.
Full recipe and all of the gory details are below!
Find the new Häagen Dazs flavors at Walmart in the frozen aisle near the other gelato (if you can’t find it with Häagen Dazs ice cream!)