Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Peaches & Cream Parfait

Sunflowers, corn and fresh peaches...the delights of the season.  We have been enjoying peaches for breakfast almost daily...in a parfait with yogurt and granola. But here's a recipe for a dessert parfait...done up in wee mason jars and perfect for your next gathering on the patio.


Crumbs:
  • 1 cup ginger-snap cookie crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

Cream Filling:
  •  1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 oz. / 125 ml cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

Topping:
  • 4 peaches (Fruit Fresh or lemon juice, optional)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon peach or apricot brandy  
  1.  Prepare a simple syrup for the peaches by combining the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool.  Stir in brandy.  Soak peaches in boiling water for about 10 seconds.  Transfer to a bowl of ice-water for a few moments.  Peel and slice the peaches, tossing with a little 'fruit fresh' or lemon juice if desired (to prevent browning).  Mix syrup and peaches and refrigerate for several hours.
  2. To prepare the base, combine cookie crumbs and butter.  Pack crumbs into the bottom of 10 parfait glasses (or 10 x 125 ml. mason jars).
  3. For cream filling...combine whipping cream, sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff.  In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and icing sugar; beat until smooth.  Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and whip to combine well.  Carefully add cream layer to the parfait glasses.  Refrigerate.
  4. Just before serving, top each parfait with marinated peach slices.  Drizzle with a spoonful of syrup.  Garnish with lemon balm or mint sprig. 

Serves 10.




10 comments:

  1. Oh these are so pretty and they were delicious! It is always most fun to be able to taste test for the blog.

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    1. shirley reimer bertheletteAugust 28, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Oh !! Lovella -- your one lucky girl indeed <3 sure wish that could of been me (LOL) way back in good old Winnipeg!!!

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  2. Beautiful - love desserts in mason jars!!!

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  3. Where can I find the little Mason jars? I've only been able to find some with a lip around the top- not straight up.

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    1. Charlotte, I've seen them in grocery stores and in hardware stores.

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  4. What a great dessert and I love the idea of serving them in small mason jars. I never have enough dessert dishes- now the problem is solved. Thanks for all the great recipes and hints!

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  5. I wonder how these would taste with a bit of ginger syrup??

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  6. These sound delicious and just the thing to serve friends who are coming to stay next week. Many thanks.

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  7. These look great, always wanted to make something like this...going to try these soon...thank you with love Janice

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