Grilled Pound Cake with Espresso Chocolate Sauce


2 tablespoons boiling water

1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder

3/4 cup whipping cream

1 tablespoon light-color corn syrup

8 ounces special dark baking chocolate or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (about 1-1/3 cups)

1-16 ounce loaf prepared or frozen pound cake*, thawed

1/4 cup orange juice or 2 tablespoons orange juice with 2 tablespoons orange liqueur

1 cup whipping cream, whipped, or 2 cups frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed

1/2 cup pistachio nuts, chopped


In a very small bowl, combine boiling water and espresso powder. Set aside.

For chocolate sauce: In a small heavy saucepan, combine the 3/4 cup whipping cream and the corn syrup. Bring to boiling; remove from heat. Stir in espresso mixture. Add chocolate all at once. Let mixture stand, covered, for 4 minutes. Whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Cover to keep warm.

Cut pound cake into eight 3/4-inch-thick slices.* Poke each slice several times with the tines of a fork. Drizzle orange juice evenly over cake slices.

For a charcoal grill, place cake slices on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium-hot coals. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes or until toasted and heated through, turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium-high. Place cake slices on grill rack over heat. Grill, uncovered, as above.)

Serve grilled cake slices with whipped cream, pistachio nuts, and chocolate sauce. Makes 8 servings.

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