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The Monkey's Lunch

Based off of the Monkey's Lunch cocktail. The Monkey's Lunch dessert features a chocolate cake layer at the bottom, topped with a chocolate ganache layer which is topped by a panna cotta layer made with kahlua, banana liqueur, bailey's irish cream, and godiva liqueur. The dessert is served with vanilla whipped cream on top and a vanilla cornmeal cookie.
Ingredients
  Chocolate cake mix 16 1⁄2 Ounce
For ganache
  Chocolate chips 6 Ounce
  Heavy cream 4 Ounce
For creamy panna cotta
  Gelatin 1⁄4 Ounce
  Water 4 Ounce
  Half and half 13 Ounce
  Granulated sugar 2 Ounce
  Godiva liqueur 2 Ounce
  Irish cream 2 Ounce (bailey's)
  Banana liquor 1 Ounce
  Kahlua 2 Ounce
  Heavy cream 12 Ounce
  Powdered sugar 4 Ounce
  Pure vanilla extract 2 Teaspoon
For vanilla-cornmeal dough
  Rolled oats 1 1⁄2 Ounce
  All-purpose flour 3 1⁄2 Ounce
  Cornmeal 2 Ounce
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Unsalted butter 4 Ounce, melted and cooled
  Whole egg 1
  Pure vanilla extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees F.

MAKING
2. Prepare cake mix by following the directions on the box and bake in double sheet pan until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
3. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool.
For Ganache
4. In a mixer with the whip attachment, place chocolate chips.
5. Place heavy cream in a pot on the stove and boil.
6. Pour heavy cream in readied mixer and mix on low speed until chocolate is completely melted and cooled.
7. Cut out chocolate cake into discs or cubes and place in the bottom of a glass.
8. Pour ganache over the chocolate cake and place in the refrigerator to set, about 15-30 minutes.
Creamy Panna Cotta
9. Combine water with the gelatin in a pot to bloom for 3 minutes.
10. Combine the liquors with the half and half in a bowl.
11. After the gelatin has bloomed, add sugar and melt over low heat.
12. After it has completely melted, stir into the half and half mixture.
13. Pour over the set ganache and allow to set in the refrigerator for at least 90 minutes.
For Vanilla-Cornmeal Dough
14. Using a food processor, mix the oats until powdery – about 30 seconds.
15. Add the flour, sugar, cornmeal, and salt to the oats and blend.
16. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, and vanilla.
17. With the food processor on, add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and process until the dough just comes together.
18. Rinse the medium bowl, dry, and flour lightly.
19. Transfer dough to the prepared bowl and knead to blend. Divide the dough into 2/4/6 discs.
20. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
21. Transfer 1 dough disk to a lightly floured surface and roll to a ¼ inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes.
22. Place cut outs on a parchment paper lined double sheet pan.
23. Bake for 9 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

FINALIZING
24. Place the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and whip to soft peaks.

SERVING
25. When panna cotta has set, use a spoon to dollop the whipped cream over the dessert.
26. Place a vanilla cornmeal cookie into the cream and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Creamy
Method: 
Assembled
Dish: 
Pudding
Ingredient: 
Gelatin
Interest: 
Party
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
6
Chocolate cake topped with some chocolate ganache and then some whipped cream takes you to a nirvana! Again the aubergine chef creates his dessert best with this chocolate treat!

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