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Passion Fruit Gino – Passion Fruit & White Chocolate Fruit Bake

A classic Gino is probably the most common New Year’s Eve dessert in Sweden. Not surprising, as it’s so easy to make and delicious enough to rival the best of them. This Passion Fruit Gino – in essence, a passion fruit & white chocolate fruit bake – is a twist on the classic, where banana and kiwi is baked with raspberries and passion fruit and topped of with heaps of white chocolate. Serve with vanilla ice cream and amaze your guests with this dish’s surprising history.

This Passion Fruit Gino is the dessert on the 2018 always use butter New Year’s Eve menu. Find the rest of the menu here:

Appetizer: Rum-spiked Smoked Salmon Tartare

Main course: Duck a l’Orange

Main course side dish: Crispy Garlic Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Tips, tricks & cooking plan: Step-by-Step New Year’s Eve Cooking Plan

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passion fruit gino - passion fruit & white chocolate fruit bake

Have you ever heard of the dessert Gino? I’m guessing you haven’t, unless you’ve spent a lot of time in Sweden. Here, it’s one of the most common desserts – especially for special occasions such as New Year’s Eve. It’s a truly delicious dish – just the right amount of sweet and sour, complemented by rich white chocolate and sweet vanilla ice cream.

The History and Origin of Classic Gino

While the name sounds Italian, Gino is 100% Swedish. It was actually created by a Swedish chef in the 80’s, and named for another chef who’s nickname was Gino. The classic version is still served today at the Stockholm restaurant Riche.

In the classic, the fruits used are banana, kiwi and strawberries. I’ve kept true to the bananas and kiwis – but since strawberries in Sweden in December are super boring/nowhere to be found I put my own twist on it with raspberries. Oh, and passion fruit. Because I love passion fruit.

bananas and kiwis in a pie dish for passion fruit gino fruit bake with passion fruit and white chocolate

How to Make Passion Fruit Gino

A Gino is basically a fruit bake topped with loads of white chocolate, and not even the fancy kind of fruit bake with seasoning or anything like that.

bananas, kiwis, raspberries and passion fruit in a pie dish for passion fruit gino fruit bake with passion fruit and white chocolate

You just slice the bananas and kiwis up and lay them out in a pie dish or something similar, and add the raspberries and passion fruit on top.

Top it all with shredded white chocolate and stick it in the oven for 10 minutes or so.

passion fruit gino fruit bake with passion fruit and white chocolate before baking

Get it out and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I said it was simple, didn’t I?

passion fruit gino fruit bake with passion fruit and white chocolate

What to Drink with Passion Fruit Gino

While I love a good dessert wine, the acidity of this dish longs for some company. So instead of a really sweet dessert wine I’d reach for a good old trusted Moscato d’Asti, like the 2017 Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole (#7787). It’s a semi-sweet sparkling wine from the happiest place on earth (the Italian region of Piedmont, that is), very low in alcohol for a wine (often 5-6%) and both fresh and sweet at the same time.

If going for a non-alcoholic pairing – keep your high-quality apple juice from the main course – like Jus de Pommes Artisanal Pétillant (#1990).

So there you have it – the final dish from the 2018 always use butter New Year’s Eve menu. What did you think of it? Are you making all of it, some, or something else entirely? Tomorrow I’ll be back with a guide to making the whole menu – complete with how to time it and a summary of all the dishes, prep and wine pairings. Don’t miss it! (You know you can subscribe to never miss a post, right? Just sign up at the top of the screen.)

Let me know what you think! Did you try this recipe? If so – please leave a comment and/or a rating below, I love hearing from you! Or just leave a comment anyway. I also love seeing your creations – so please tag me on Instagram if you post it and use the hashtag #alwaysusebutter.

passion fruit gino - passion fruit & white chocolate fruit bake

Passion Fruit Gino

5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Swedish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 578kcal

Ingredients

Passion Fruit Gino

  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 3 kiwis peeled and sliced
  • 125 g raspberries
  • 3 passion fruits
  • 200 g white chocolate shredded

To serve

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  • Set the oven for 225 C/440 F.
  • Place sliced bananas and kiwis in a pie dish.
    bananas and kiwis in a pie dish for passion fruit gino fruit bake with passion fruit and white chocolate
  • Add in the raspberries and passion fruit.
    bananas, kiwis, raspberries and passion fruit in a pie dish for passion fruit gino fruit bake with passion fruit and white chocolate
  • Top with shredded white chocolate
    passion fruit gino fruit bake with passion fruit and white chocolate
  • Bake in the oven for 5 minutes, then switch on the grill function and bake for another 5 minutes, until browned.
  • Serve immediately with a scoop of ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
Passion Fruit Gino
Amount Per Serving
Calories 578 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Potassium 967mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 87g 29%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 65g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 24%
Vitamin C 116.8%
Calcium 22.6%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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