I recently hosted a small dinner party with some of my besties, and the dinner turned out perfect. While everyone was raving about the food, and I was racking my brain thinking of what to serve for dessert! I had been so stressed about the fact that it had been raining all day long and I had planned to grill up some perfect steaks and bbq chicken for dinner, that I hadn’t really thought about dessert. To be honestly, I was secretly praying that everyone would be too stuffed from the meal to pay any attention to dessert. And then I tuned back to the conversation which had taken a turn to excitement about ‘oh the food was so good, can’t wait to see what’s for dessert!’. Oh boy.
Luckily, I remembered that I had some pound cake in the freezer and quickly looked through the pantry to find the other fixings I needed to make sundaes. Hey, who doesn’t like a little ice cream & cake???
Toasted Sundaes for Sunday Dinner
Pound Cake – 1/2″ slices
Butter – 2 tbsp for cake 3 tbsp for bananas
Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup
Banana – sliced at a diagonal, as many as you please
Ice Cream – Vanilla or other preferred flavor
Walnuts – chopped optional
Chocolate Syrup – for drizzle
Maraschino Cherries – optional
To toasted the pound cake:
In a non-stick pan, melt 2 tbsps of butter, and add the cake slices. Toast on med-low heat for 2-3 mins, flip over and toast the other side. Remove from heat and set aside.
Note: The slices can be toasted in a toaster or in the oven.
To caramelize the bananas:
To the non-stick pan, melt 3 tbsps of butter, and add the brown sugar, mix until melted, add the banana slices. Brown the banana slices on med-low heat,keeping an eye on the bananas so the sugars don’t start burning. Flip over, once there is a nice brown glaze to the slices. Same for the other side, remove from heat when browned well.
In an bowl, place the toasted cake slice at the bottom, add scoop(s) of ice cream, drizzle chocolate syrup, sprinkle with chopped walnuts, with a cherry on top!
This dessert is inspired by a favorite offered Maggiano’s Little Italy.