Grilled Pineapple Sundaes

Source: Recipe courtesy Duff Goldman for Food Network Magazine

What’s my inspiration?

My parents recently traveled to Switzerland and brought me back some amazing coco powder, both sweetened and unsweetened.  I wanted to use my new coco powder in a fun and unique dessert that I could partially make on the grill.  This recipe from Duff Goldman fit all of my requirements.  The coco from Switzerland made the most amazing homemade hot fudge, and I even had leftovers for ice cream.  Mmmm!

What you need:

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, sliced
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 store-bought pound cake, cut into 6 to 8 thick slices
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • Shredded coconut, toasted, and/or peanuts, for garnish (optional)

What you do:

  • Fudge Topping: Combine the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat at 50 percent power for 2 minutes; stir, then microwave at 30-second intervals until completely melted. Whisk in the cocoa and 1 3/4 cups sugar until smooth. Microwave the mixture on full power for 5 minutes, stopping to whisk occasionally. (Don’t worry if the mixture looks grainy; continue to cook and whisk until smooth.) Add 1 cup half-and-half and microwave on full power until smooth and slightly fudgy, 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Fold the remaining 2 tablespoons half-and-half and 2 tablespoons sugar into the mascarpone in a bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  • Preheat a grill to medium. Brush the cake slices lightly with oil and grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Brush the pineapple lightly with oil and grill until marked, about 1 minute per side.
  • Top the cake with pineapple, a scoop of mascarpone cream and hot fudge. Garnish with coconut and/or nuts, if desired.

My Tips:

  • Do not burn the fudge! Check it frequently when it’s in the microwave
  • Mascarpone cheese was scary to me, cheese in a desert?  But in all seriousness, it was absolutely delicious.  It has a very light and airy consistency and when you add sugar, it turns into a slightly sweet complement to the rest of the desert.  Awesome.

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