Aunt Paula's Cream Cheese Pound Cake
- Cake ingredients:
- 2 sticks margarine, softened
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus 2 Tbsp. for melting
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups sugar
- dash of salt
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 6 large eggs
- 3 cups cake flour
- whipped cream, candied citrus peel and fresh mint for garnish
- Bananas with Chocolate Sauce ingredients:
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 -ounce bar semi-sweet chocolate
- 3 bananas
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. (plus a dash) fortified wine
DirectionsInstructions for cake:
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Cream margarine, butter, and cream cheese, with sugar until fluffy and well combined. Add salt and vanilla, and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and mix well. Pour batter into pan. Place in a cold oven and bake at for 1 1/2 hours, or until done. Check doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center; if it comes out clean, it's ready. Cool in pan, then turn out and slice into half-inch-thick slices. Preheat grill pan to medium heat. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and brush lightly on both sides of cake slices. Grill cake slices, turning once, until lightly grill-marked and slightly softened, about 2 minutes total.
Instructions for Bananas with Chocolate Sauce:
In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour 1 cup heavy cream into another small saucepan and turn on the burner to medium-high. Scald the cream. Break up the semi-sweet chocolate bar into a medium mixing bowl. When the cream is hot, pour it over the chocolate and sets the bowl aside. In a large skillet, melt the other 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Peel 3 bananas, slice them and place in another mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup sugar to the bananas, gently toss them and place them in the buttered skillet. When the bananas are golden-brown, add a dash of fortified wine and cook until it evaporates. Whisk the chocolate cream mixture until smooth, then add 2 tablespoons fortified wine, mixing well.
Put a cake slice on each dessert plate or parfait cup, top with a spoonful of the bananas, and then another cake slice and another spoonful of bananas. Drizzle the top of each dessert with the chocolate wine sauce.
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