Banana Bread A La Mode
[1] This fancy-looking dessert is quickly assembled from easily-available ingredients (photo courtesy Good Food On Montford).

Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes
[2] Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes, rolled wafer cookies, are an easy dessert garnish (photo courtesy Pepperidge Farm).

 

It doesn’t take much effort to turn ordinary ingredients into a great-looking dish.

This example (photo #1), from Good Food On Montford in Charlotte, North Carolina, shows how easy it is to turn basic ingredients into an ogle-worthy dessert.

If you purchase all the ingredients, there’s no cooking required!

The snappy look of this dessert is created by the square of cake. A traditional slice of loaf cake, or wedge from a round cake, doesn’t have the same appeal.

The denser the cake, by the way, the better. You can also use a brownie or other bar.
 
MAKE IT AT HOME

All you need are:

  • Loaf cake (banana, carrot, chocolate, pound, etc.)
  • Ice cream of choice
  • Dessert sauce (butterscotch, chocolate, fruit purée, etc.)
  • Sauce garnish (cookie crumbs, pie crust crumbs, chopped nuts, etc.)
  • Ice cream garnish
  • Color garnish: mint leaf, raspberries
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    While the pastry chef appears to have dehydrated thin slices of banana to make the vertical top garnish, you can use these options, inserting them vertically on top of the ice cream:

  • Chocolate orange peel, coin or straw
  • Piece of bark, brittle or toffee
  • Pocky stick
  • Tuile or Pirouette cookie (photo #2)
  • Slice of kiwi or starfruit
  •  
    Other options:

  • Chocolate curls
  • Strawberry
  • Or, no garnish at all
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    Ready, set, assemble!
     

     

      


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