|"Everybody Likes Parfait" --Donkey in Shrek|
Recipe by Robin
According to Donkey in the first Shrek movie, “Parfait's gotta be the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet!” With the hot summer upon us, I’ve been remembering childhood trips to the ice cream store for parfaits. The classic French parfait is a flavored frozen custard of cream, eggs, and sugar. Because of its fat content, French parfait can be made without an ice cream maker, as long as the cook stirs it several times during the freezing process. In the US, parfait is typically soft ice cream layered with fruit, fruit sauce, or even jello, and usually topped with whipped cream. In recent years puddings, custard, nuts, and even tapioca have found their way into parfaits. Inspired by my recent Trifle experiment, I made this parfait with crushed almond biscuits, berries, Bird’s custard and a splash of Grand Marnier or orange juice.
|Use Sliced Strawberries or Whole Raspberries|
|Parfaits Ready to Chill|
makes 4 servings (~1 cup each)
2 tbsp. Bird’s custard
1 tbsp. sugar or other sweetener
1 pint 2% fat milk
~ 3 cups raspberries
8 or more Almondina cookies, or 4 biscotti
~4 tbsp. Grand Marnier or orange juice
Whipped cream for serving
Rinse raspberries and let dry, reserving one perfect berry to top each parfait.
Make the Bird’s custard: Mix Bird’s custard with sugar or sweetener in heat-proof bowl. Mix in 1 – 2 tbsp. milk taken from 1 pint, and stir vigorously to make a smooth paste. Pour remaining milk from pint to heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium low heat until almost boiling (don’t scald).
Pour hot milk into custard paste in bowl a little at a time, stirring constantly. Stir until well combined; the success of your custard depends upon thorough mixing.
Return custard to saucepan, and heat over medium low heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
|"Parfaits are Delicious" --Donkey|
Sprinkle each parfait cookie layer with about 1½ tsp. Grand Marnier, or more if you like.
Add half of the raspberries to the parfaits, distributing evenly between the 4 dishes.
Top each parfait with ¼ cup of custard.
Repeat layers for each parfait: crushed cookies, Grand Marnier, raspberries, and remaining custard.
Put parfaits in refrigerator until completely chilled, at least 3 and up to 8 hours. After about 8 hours the cookies will start to get soggy and custard watery, so eat them promptly.