25 November – Parfait Day
In 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:
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
- 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.
- 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.)
- Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla sugar, then continue whipping until it’s firm.
- Fold the whipped cream into the whipped egg mixture, and then fold in the ground praline. Just keep folding until everything is combines.
- Carefully spoon the mixture into 6 parfait glasses, cover and freeze for at least four hours before serving.
- Celebrate Parfait Day by eating your parfaits with friends and family!