Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Brûléed Bananas

Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Bruleed Bananas

I know, right? I’m not a food stylist by any means, but it looks SO good!

Pound cake is good when paired with fruit or dressed up with booze, but it’s just decadent when smothered in chocolate ganache, a dessert that sounds fancy but is … alarmingly easy to make.

  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, in chips or chunks
  1. Put your chocolate into a heat safe bowl.
  2. Pour your heavy cream into a saucepan and heat on low until just boiling.2014-01-26 16.18.04
  3. When the cream is just boiling, take it off the heat and pour it on top of your chunked chocolate, whisking the mixture to evenly melt all the chips.2014-01-26 16.21.00
  4. Keep whisking until chocolate cools to the touch. Then refrigerate until firm– should take a few hours.

To make the brûléed banana chips…

  • 1 banana 
  • 3+ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 brûlé torch
  1. Thinly slice your banana and place strips on a heat-proof surface.
  2. Cover the banana chips generously with sugar.
  3. Torch the banana chips until the sugar is dark brown and crispy. Remember this from high school chemistry: the hottest part of a flame is the tip of the cone *inside* the flame. (This makes sense. Trust me.) Brûléing takes a lot longer than you think it will, just FYI. Let the sugary bananas cool before you try to touch them!
  4. If you don’t have a brûlé torch, don’t despair! You can broil sugar-coated bananas in an oven or toaster oven to the same end. It just takes a little while longer and is SIGNIFICANTLY less badass.

Now, I’m sure there’s a way to artistically stack all of this together so it doesn’t come out looking like a big blop of chocolate. I… I did not do that.

Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Brûléed Bananas



It looks like mush. But it’s tasty, chocolatey mush. With bananas.

I still have loads of pound cake leftover (party at my house!), but after today, I’m going to be getting back to the usually scheduled program and bring you a Cocktail Friday post. Did you like this week’s dedication to a single dessert? What should be next? (I think I have at least one vote for bread pudding!)

If your vote isn’t for pound cake, what do *you* think should be the trending dessert of 2014?

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