Tuesday, August 17, 2010

neapolitan bites: leftover cake delight

Creativity often arrives in the moments you least expect it. For me, it's generally in my moments of waking from a night's sleep, maybe a nap, where I desperately want to catch a few more winks but a certain idea won't leave me alone.

So it was with these delectable bites. Certain planets had aligned themselves in my kitchen, namely Strawberry Sauce and Angel Food Cake, and their moons Cream and Ganache were destined to collide. I just had to make it happen. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, here is the scrumptious solution:

Angel Food: My angel food cake was a gift, but you could try this recipe if you'd like to make it yourself.

Strawberry Sauce: Slice some strawberries, add a little sugar, and cook over medium high heat until the strawberries have mushed and form a nice sauce consistency.

Ganache: Please don't be intimidated by the name. It's easy.

For a small batch, just to test your wits, finely chop 3 oz. baking chocolate (I used semisweet).

Pour 1/4 c. cream into a glass container and microwave for approximately 30 seconds. Watch it carefully, and stop right when you see the cream starting to boil. Pour over the chopped chocolate and stir until smooth. You may have to heat it a bit more if you find some lumps refusing to cooperate, but please microwave it in 5 second increments so the chocolate doesn't get scorched.

Cut your angel food cake into 1 inch cubes. Roll into a ball if you'd like, but this step is purely optional.

Dip your angel food bites into the strawberry sauce, then dip and coat with the ganache. Place coated (now neapolitan!) bites on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

After you've got them all dipped the way you like, place the cookie sheet in the freezer. The consistency is much better in its frozen state, and it makes for a yummy summer treat! I skipped the strawberry sauce step on some. And when the ganache ran low, I only dipped the bottom of the bites in ganache, leaving the upper half as exposed white angel food cake. They were all delicious. I may have quality-tested more than one ... of each ...




Let me know if your planets align and you try this dessert for yourself!

2 comments:

  1. Reminds me of those oreo cookie bon bons. :)

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  2. I do love me a good bite-size chocolate treat, it's true!

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