Toasted Pound Cake With Strawberries and Chocolate Cream

Store-bought pound cake (plus a few toppings) means that this dessert comes together with ease.

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Serving size: 6
Calories per serving: 230

1 cup cold heavy cream
1/4 cup chocolate syrup, plus more for drizzling
1 quart strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 slices pound cake

Beat the heavy cream and 1/4 cup chocolate syrup in a bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to use. Hull and chop all but 6 strawberries and toss them with the sugar in a separate bowl; set aside.

Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl on medium-high power in 30-second intervals, stirring, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Dip the 6 whole berries in the chocolate, then transfer to a sheet of parchment paper and let cool.

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the pound cake slices and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side; transfer to a plate. Wipe out the skillet and melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add the chopped strawberries and 1 tablespoon water and cook until juicy, about 2 minutes.

Drizzle some chocolate syrup on each plate; top each with a piece of pound cake. Top with some of the chopped strawberries and their juices, a dollop of the chocolate whipped cream and a chocolate-covered strawberry.


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