For the Fuckin Fab Food Bloggers' December Challenge, we had to make a recipe based on our favorite holiday movie. Here's mine.
This is how I remember it, but I was probably about five, so it's likely I have it wrong. I remember sitting on the floor of the first home I can remember--an apartment on the West side of town. I was looking up, wide-eyed at the tv, because my very favorite Christmas movie, Rudolf, was on. One of the classic Rankin Bass holiday movies with the stop motion.
My mom and dad were on the couch (or perhaps mom was cleaning up dinner, I can't remember) and my dad says, "Lesa, isn't this your favorite too?" My mom, who hated cartoons, surprisingly replied "oh, no, my favorite is the one with Snow Miser. They never play it." And then she began humming the song.
That tune quickly became stuck in all our heads. My little kid mind was in awe--not only did my mom like a CARTOON, but my mom's favorite Christmas movie wasn't Rudolf?? But Rudolf was the BEST Christmas movie! Better than that dumb one with the redheaded Santa, that one had hardly any animals in it. So my Dad, in these days before Google, wracked his brain trying to figure it out. and I forget who remembered in the end (it very well could have been Nana), but I do remember finding the coveted VHS tape at CVS soon after. It wasn't called Snow Miser, it was called The Year Without a Santa Claus, but the Miser brothers had the catchiest number in the whole movie.
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Seriously, listen to it. I dare you not to get it stuck in your head.
Obviously because I was five, and thought my parents were the coolest and wanted to be just like my mom, I decided this, too was my favorite movie. I must have played that tape until it broke. Even in the summer. I think I played it so much that even my mom got sick of it. Eventually it got put back into the rotation for Christmas movies on tv, with a live action adaptation, but the old claymation one will always be my favorite.
Christmases are the most magical when you're that small. Those are the Christmases you remember.
In the movie, the Miser Brothers (who control the Sun and the Snow respectively) make a bargain: If Heat Miser will let it snow in SouthTown, thus allowing the mayor to declare Santa being able to take a year off, then Snow Miser would allow a spring day at the North Pole.
I thought little Baked Alaskas would be the perfect way to honor them both. I mean, Baked North Poles. Crispy on the outside, frozen on the inside.
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Baked North Poles a la Heat Miser & Snow Miser
- 6 peppermint sandwich cookies (holiday Oreos)
- 6 small scoops peppermint stick ice cream
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 1 pinch salt
-In a six-cup muffin tin, place a cookie in each well. Top with a small scoop of ice cream (I used a cookie scoop for this, it was the PERFECT size) and put in freezer for an hour, until firm.
-In a stand or hand mixer, whip the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar until they hold soft peaks. Stream in the sugar and alternate drops of food coloring until the whites hold stiff peaks.
-Turn the oven to BROIL. Remove the cookies with ice cream and cover liberally with the egg whites, being sure there are no holes for the ice cream to seep through.
-Place on a cookie sheet and put in the oven. WATCH CLOSELY. As soon as the tips begin to brown, take the sheet out of the oven. Serve immediately.