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7.12.2020

Peach Cobbler Tiramisu Parfait


L'immagine può contenere: dessert, bevanda e cibo

Every once in a while I get an idea for a recipe.. and I follow through!

L'immagine può contenere: dessert e ciboToday was one of those days. My husband wanted Tiramisu and I wanted Peach Cobbler ... this was the result! This recipe is for those of you who are not sure whether or not you can eat the eggs you purchase without cooking them.

Ingredients for 4

2 fresh peaches
1T brown sugar
1T butter
1tsp cinnamon

8 speculoos cookies (or ginger snaps)
1 T butter

2 eggs, separated
2 T brown sugar

250 g mascarpone cheese
2T brown sugar

150ml whipping cream

Prepare the crumb  mixture
Crush cookies (I use a blender), toast the cookie crumbs lightly in a frying pan with 1T butter. Set aside.

Prepare the Peaches
Save 1/2 peach to slice for garnish. Peel and cut the rest of the peaches into 1" cubes. Melt 1T butter in a frying pan and add the peaches, 2T brown sugar and 1tsp cinnamon; cook on high until sugar caramalizes. Set aside to cool completely.


L'immagine può contenere: ciboPrepare the Tiramisu
Whip the egg whites in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. When soft peaks form, add 2T brown sugar, one T at a time, and continue whipping on high speed. When the sugar has been blended in, add the yokes, one at a time, with beater on high. Continue beating over the simmering water for 1 minute.
Refrigerate until completely cooled

When the egg mixture is cool, beat the mascarpone cheese on low speed with 2T brown sugar. Add the egg mixture to the cheese in thirds. Beating well after each addition.
Set aside

Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.

Assemble the Parfait
Divide the crumb mixture in half. Put one half aside.
Divide the other half in 4 parts and place 1/4 in the bottom of each parfait glass. I used lowball glasses. Now put 1/4 of the peaches in each glass. Add 1/4 of the tiramisu cream to each glass. Top each glass with 1/4 of the remaining crumb mixture. Now add 1/4 of the whipped cream to each parfait and sprinkle with sugar. Garnish each Peach Cobbler Tiramisu Parfait with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a speculoos cookie (or ginger snap) and 2 thin slices of the reserved half a peach.

Enjoy!!


5.03.2020

Quick and Easy Pear Cheesecake Parfaits

Do you need a last minute dessert?  I wanted to make a no-bake cheese cake, but I had no graham crackers in the house for the crust and in these times of Covid19, running out for a box of graham crackers is just not doable!! 

As I looked through my cupboards to see what they offered, an Italian proverb came to mi nd al contadino non far saper e quant’è buono il formaggio con le pere” - "never tell the farmer how good cheese is served with pears". Well, if you know me.. you know that curiosity is one of my traits, so I did a little bit of research. The oldest reference to this proverb seems to date back to 13th century France, in a popular proverb of the day :  “Oncques Deus ne fist tel mariage comme de poire et de fromage” - "There was never a more successful marriage made in heaven that that between pears and cheese"  (http://www.formaggio.it/senza-categoria/cosa-ce-dietro-il-proverbio-al-contadino-non-far-sapere-quante-buono-il-formaggio-con-le-pere/)

The result of all this was my dessert today and you can make it, too ... in about 15 minutes!

Ingredients for 2 servings
3 canned pear halves
1/3 c whipping cream
2 T of the syrup/juice the pears are packed in
100 g (about 3 oz) of cream cheese
1-3 T powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you want your parfait
1/4 t vanilla extract
mini chocolate chips (if you don't have chocolate chips you can use cocoa)

In a small bowl, whip the cream til soft peaks form; set aside.
In another bowl, whip the cream cheese with the pear juice and powdered sugar (I used 1 1/2 T of powdered sugar and a 1/4 t of vanilla extract til soft peaks form.
Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and beat on high for about another minute.
Cut one of the pear halves into 4 slices

I served my parfaits in glass sundae dishes, but you could use long stemmed wine glasses or parfait glasses.
Place a pear half in the bottom of the dish/glass, add about 1/4 of the creamed mixture, sprinkle with a teaspoon of chocolate shops, add another 1/4 of the creamed mixture, top with 2 slices of pear and sprinkle with a teaspoon of chocolate chips. (If you don't have chocolate chips use cocoa to layer and sprinkle on top)

Repeat for the second parfait.

That's it! You can eat them immediately or refrigerate for later!

PS If you want a no-bake pear cheesecake. Make a graham cracker or cookie crust using graham cracker or cookie crumbs and melted butter. Slice the pears and arrange on the crust. Spoon in the cheese filling, sprinkle with chocolate chips and chill.