25 November – Parfait Day

 

Parfait Day - Elizabeth PlaceIn French, the word parfait means “perfect” and, in English, the term almost exclusively refers to a sort of delicious, frozen dessert. If your idea of perfection involves ice cream, then you’ll have little trouble understanding the connection with the name. And why not have a day devoted to creamy, delicious indulgence?

Shouldn’t there be at least one day of the year where you can indulge and celebrate rather than feeling guilty about it?

Here’s a recipe for a traditional coffee-flavoured French parfait for you to enjoy:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs (room temperature)
1 cup whipping cream (very cold)
1 tsp coffee extract (0r use espresso or even instant coffee)
1 tbs vanilla sugar
120 ml ground praline

Method:

  1. Make a simple syrup by placing the sugar in a saucepan with two tablespoons of water, and bringing it to a boil for two minutes.
  2. Break the eggs into a mixing bowl and beat them. Pour the simple syrup in a steady, thin stream whilst continuing to beat the mixture. Add the coffee extract, and continue beating until the mixture has cooled and become very thick. (This could take about 10 minutes.)
  3. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla sugar, then continue whipping until it’s firm.
  4. Fold the whipped cream into the whipped egg mixture, and then fold in the ground praline. Just keep folding until everything is combines.
  5. Carefully spoon the mixture into 6 parfait glasses, cover and freeze for at least four hours before serving.
  6. Celebrate Parfait Day by eating your parfaits with friends and family!

(Source: www.daysoftheyear.com)