{Day 10} Coconut pandan and mango Bombe Alaska

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We are a third of the way through the Get your Jelly On challenge! To celebrate I thought I would make an easy rendition of a Bombe Alaska, but with an Asian-inspired twist when it came to the flavours!

I initially was going to recreate the Masterchef cherry and coconut Bombe Alaska, but Chanel from Cats Love Cooking beat me to it and did a marvellous job at that too, complete with some great tips! So then I thought: since most of my last 9 recipes have been quite labour and time intensive, I should really make a the cheat’s version of the masterful dessert.

Please don’t judge me, I think the point to take away is that the jelly mould recipes don’t have to be complicated or take hours of setting time. If you’re like me when it comes to dessert and it’s the last thing on your mind when catering for dinner, you will appreciate the fact that you can make this impressive dessert in just around 15 minutes as a first-timer, provided you have some good ice cream and sorbet on hand, a couple of eggs and some sugar! Oh, and one of these or just a functioning oven!

To my defense, I obviously whipped my own Italian meringue, walked to the The Star to get the pick up a few scoops of the mindblowingly good coconut and pandan ice cream and mango gelato (plus some blood orange because I couldn’t say no) from Gelato Messina and shopped for unfilled sponge slabs at our local… While the focus here is definitely on easy, I am not willing to compromise on flavour!

The result was amazing! I will definitely be making this again, even without the sponge, although it is lovely to mop up some of the melted goodness of coconut, pandan and mango swirled together.

Update: I froze half of one of the serve, just covered with glad wrap and stuck in the freezer. We had it for dessert again tonight (3 days later) and it was perfectly fine! Which makes this dessert even more amazing!

PS On the topic of ice cream, I will be giving away one of the Pink Cuisinart ice cream makers on the blog soon, keep your eyes peeled! Some of the proceeds from all Cuisinart product sales are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


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Makes 2

Coconut, pandan and mango Bombe Alaska

The idea is to have a creamy flavoured ice cream layer envelop a tart sorbet middle. Customise your flavours to your likes: vanilla, coconut, chocolate, cookie dough and caramel are great for the outside, while lemon, strawberry, passionfruit, mango and orange are great for the filling.

If you don’t own a Royal Selangor jelly mould – you should get yourself one, but you can also make this just as easily in small glad wrap-lined bowls.

For the mould filling:

  • 1 slab of unfilled sponge
  • 2 scoops coconut and pandan ice cream // or any other creamy flavour
  • 2 scoops mango sorbet // or any other tart sorbet flavour

(You could drizzle the sponge with your favourite liqueur – Limoncello, Cointreau, Grand Marnier or even Kahlua for a chocolate bombe would be great.)

For the Italian meringue:

  • 1 egg white
  • 35g caster sugar

To make the filing: spoon about a scoop of lightly softened coconut and pandan (or other creamy) ice cream into the mould (or bowl). Place mould in a mug to stop the ice cream from melting quickly from the heat of your hands.

Working with a teaspoon, press the ice cream into the tip and around the walls making sure you have a nice even layer all the way around. Use the spoon’s handle if you need to get into the smaller spaces, like the tip.

Fill up the cavity with mango (or any other) sorbet, making sure to smooth out the top with a spoon and place in the freezer to set. In the meantime prepare the meringue.

To make the Italian meringue: beat the egg white with an electric mixer or whisk until soft peaks form. Add sugar, a tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar dissolves between additions.

To prepare the sponge: once the ice cream has frozen set, place the mould (bowl upside down) on the sponge and cut out a circle of exactly the same size as the widest part of the ice cream. (Drizzle with your favourite liqueur if you wish – see note above.)

To assemble: remove moulds from the freezer and dip them in a mug of boiling water for about a second to release. Place a sponge circle in the middle of a serving plate or bowl. Using a knife to help dislodge them, turn the bombes onto the sponge cake rounds.

Spread half of the Italian meringue over the bombe to enclose it completely. Repeat with the other mould.

Bake in a very hot oven for 3 minutes, or caramelise using a kitchen blow torch. Serve immediately.

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51 Responses to {Day 10} Coconut pandan and mango Bombe Alaska

  1. Nic says:

    This is amazing! 5 ingredients strikes again!

  2. Sharni says:

    Coconut, pandan and mango are my favourites! You’ve just made my day!

  3. Beautiful to look at, summery flavours, and sounds absolutely refreshing!

  4. Ooooh, how lovely. Pandan is such an amazing flavour. Mango and coconut too, so exotic. Martyna you are so clever.

  5. Courtney says:

    Each day, I am more and more amazed with your creativity! Can’t wait to see what’s up next.

  6. Thanks for sharing this particular first-class article. Very uplifting! (as always, btw)

  7. Timothy R says:

    Absolutely stunning! And for a complicated dessert you’ve made it really simple!

  8. tc says:

    coconut and pandan ice cream? ooooh! 🙂

  9. sara says:

    Totally gorgeous! Love the flavors inside that bombe…so tasty! 🙂

  10. Oh that would be so good drizzled with limoncello!

  11. boo_licious says:

    Wow effect for this one & you get to play with the blowtorch too.

    I like your easy simple way to make this!

    • Thank you – blowtorch caused a little havoc as it was freshly bought and came without gas. After some running around I found gas at a local hardware store! Phew! Using it is so much fun!

  12. How delicious and not judging you at all. Very clever to take advantage of great produce and create something even more special.

  13. I love the looks of this! I bet that coconut ice cream is divine with Limoncello.

  14. cyndeehule says:

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  15. Oh my goodness looks so yummy. I just checked today’s post along with your past 9 posts and I’m very, VERY impressed!! You are super creative! I’m enjoying this jelly mold series. Good luck with the rest of challenge!

  16. This is amazing.Love it

  17. The Yum List says:

    Wow! That dessert looks luscious.

  18. Ruth says:

    Wow, that looks delicious! It’s my first time on your site but we seem to have a similar ethos – if it can be made healthier without compromising on the taste and texture then all is good!

  19. Coconut, pandan and mango – a very tropical bombe alaska.

  20. You are honestly so amazing with that mold. I can’t believe how many gorgeous and scrumptious looking things you have made. This one is my favorite though…my gosh it’s beautiful and fruity and delicious looking.

  21. Sissi says:

    I have read so many times about Alaska and never had a chance to taste it. 15 minutes, are you sure??? Your today’s creation looks beautiful and impressive. I would never guess it’s an easier one.

  22. Chanel says:

    Awesome Martyna! I knew your Bombe Alaska would be glorious 😀

    That jelly mould is a perfect shape to make a beautiful Bombe Alaska! I love the idea of drizzling the sponge with liqueur… I’m feeling like making one again, but the easier way next time I think 😉

  23. I love the ice cream flavours in this one. Yum!

  24. It reminds me of a very fancy roasted marshmallow.

  25. Wow, this looks amazing!!! I haven’t had a bombe alaska for years!

  26. me likey 😀 summer flavours make me happy!

  27. Roxana B says:

    My goodness. I am going to fall off the diet wagon. The Coconut pandan and mango Bombe Alaska looks sooo good. Yummy. Desserts are my kryptonite. 😉

  28. Sandy says:

    I think this would be good served with fresh berries!

  29. Zoe Roberts says:

    amazing! it looks too pretty to eat

  30. Amber says:

    Oh wow, this is making my mouth water, this looks so yummy!

  31. Sarah O. says:

    Mmm, coconut and mango, what a great combo.

  32. Mary says:

    What a name! 🙂

  33. jasmine1485 says:

    Yum! The swirls on the outside look gorgeous, and I wouldn’t judge you for taking shortcuts 🙂 That just means you get to eat it sooner!

  34. We are making Alaska quite often at home, usually on someone´s birthday. This one looks especially tasty!

  35. Mollbabe says:


  36. Oh, yum! I love coconut!

  37. Ming says:

    Coconut & mango, I want!

  38. Ally says:

    Heh, we call them “baked Alaskas” here! And I like the idea of using jelly molds!