Grilled Pound Cake with Basil-Plum Compote

Grilled Pound Cake with Basil-Plum Compote
Grilled Pound Cake with Basil-Plum Compote
The best of summer comes together in this satisfying dessert of grilled pound cake topped with a fruity, herbal compote.Helen Rosner

The best of summer comes together in this satisfying dessert of grilled pound cake topped with a fruity, herbal compote.

Grilled Pound Cake with Basil-Plum Compote
The best of summer comes together in this satisfying dessert of grilled pound cake topped with a fruity, herbal compote.
Yield: serves 8

Ingredients

  • 6 large plums (about 1½-2 lbs.), pitted and quartered
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 14 cup sweet riesling, or other dessert wine
  • 10 basil leaves, bruised, plus more for serving
  • 1 (12-oz.) pound cake, cut into 8 slices
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • Mascarpone cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine the plums, sugar, and riesling in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly thick, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil; let cool to room temperature. Discard basil.
  2. Heat a charcoal grill or set a gas grill to medium (Alternately, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat). Brush both sides of pound cake slices with melted butter. Grill, flipping once, until toasted, about 1-2 minutes. Divide cake between serving plates and top with plum compote. Garnish with a dollop of mascarpone and a small basil leaf, if you like.