From time to time, not often enough, I dream of flying. I am able to lift off from a standing position, and attain an obscene altitude with ease, darting in and out of streets, tree tops and even over water. That ability to levitate and defy gravity is exhilarating. Consciousness is great and everything, but the birds kinda have it good. I really hope in my next incarnation I have wings because it's the only way I'll ever be able to achieve flight.
All that has changed since creating my #EtherealFloatingRaspberryCreamParfait. It is levitation in a bowl and will carry you to heights of yumminess. (Note: Calories vanish if you're wearing fairy wings while consuming...just thought you should know.)
To offset the gem-like iridescence of the fruit, I'm sure you noticed the ratio of cream to raspberries, plunging your intentions for low calories pleasure, into oblivion. But from a mouth-feel standpoint, each bite is supremely refreshing, and not heavy. I served it after an earthy meal of slow roasted chicken, with carrots + white miniature potatoes sauteed in a butter, oil and cinnamon pear balsamic glaze, and spring greens with a citrus and thyme vinaigrette. It's darned easy -- to make the dessert, that is. Flying still requires a good pillow and a hankering for bird seed.
Ethereal Floating Raspberry Cream Parfait
INGREDIENTS: - SERVES 4
First reserve 8 berries. They will be the placed on top of the finished dessert as a garnish. Tear off 8 pretty mint leaves for garnish as well, and chop 1/2 a teaspoon of the mint if you're planning on sprinkling it on top.
Take 1 C of the raspberries and place in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, zest, 1 T sugar and 3 T rum. Let sit for 30 minutes. Take the remaining raspberries and place in a flat bottomed bowl. Use a potato masher (yep, worked great for me) to break down the raspberries. You don't want to put them in a food processor because we don't want to puree them, just make them mushy. Set aside.
Now, pour the cream into a large, tall measuring cup (I love my 8 C measuring vessel for this.) Either by hand or with an electric hand mixer, beat the cream until soft peaks form. (Takes about 3 minutes depending upon the speed of your mixer.) Add the remaining sugar and the vanilla and beat until incorporated and the cream holds it's shape.
SLOWLY and gently fold in the mushed fruit with a spatula. Just use round motions around the outside of the bowl and fold inwards so that the fruit is spread throughout the cream but still very small flecks of some white and fruit are visible.
Now, divide the fruit that has been set aside and spoon it into 4 serving bowls, placing it all over the bottom of the dish. You can use tall parfait glasses or short champagne glasses like it did. Keep all that yummy, flavorful juice, too. Then, spoon the cream mixture over the top, spreading gently around so that it floats on top but doesn't mush down into the whole fruit.
Now top with the mint leaves and the whole berries you set aside at the beginning. Chill until ready to dazzle!
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.