Cherry & Tomato Basil Toast
This is a little bit of a non-recipe recipe, but it was so bright and summery, I had to share.
There’s always money in the banana stand. And, if you are Netflix, apparently there’s always money in bringing back a beloved show that was canceled far too soon. Not that we are complaining!
In fact, I think a lot of people are probably celebrating with a theme party. If I were having one, this is what I would make.
Here’s what you need for four servings:
Before you can get started, you’ll need to prep the bananas and then freeze them for at least 2-3 hours. While holding a banana in one hand, very, very gently insert either a popsicle stick or a lollipop-style stick (you can get them at Michael’s and the like) into the banana, down the middle – the bananas may split a little bit. If they do, hold them together and Leave enough of the end of the stick to be a handle. Wrap them in plastic before placing them in the freezer.
After the bananas have frozen (but while they are still in the freezer), break the chocolate into squares and melt slowly in a double boiler, stirring frequently. Heat to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, then remove from the heat. Toss in a small handful of chocolate chips as a “seed,” and keep stirring as the mixture cools to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (the chocolate chips should melt in by this time).
When the chocolate is at 84 degrees, put it back on the heat and raise the temperature back to 90 degrees, still stirring frequently. Pull it off the heat again, and get ready to work quickly- the chocolate will set very quickly on frozen bananas.
Dip the bananas in the chocolate, turning so as to coat most of the banana. A spoon might be helpful. If you want to cover the chocolate in sprinkles, nuts, etc., shake or sprinkle them over the banana immediately.
I stuck the bananas upright into a block of styrofoam to allow the chocolate to set – you can also pick those up at Michael’s or the like, when you pick up the lollipop sticks.
After the chocolate has set, you can place the bananas upside down in clear gift bags and tie it shut below the banana, but with some handle still sticking out. You may even wish to make a cute little tag for them (this one was a gift for my friend, who loves Arrested Development more than most things).
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