I see a lot of culinary videos on Facebook everyday, but very rarely do I actually make something like it! Few days back I saw one such Strawberry parfait recipe video on a Facebook page and thought of giving it a try. I ended up changing the entire recipe like I always do!
Since the strawberry season is yet to start, I decided to use pomegranates! It actually turned out well. The sweet and tart taste of pomegranate tasted pleasant with chilled cream. The layer of jelly adds to the tang.
While peeling off the leathery skin of the pomegranates, I hoped for the arils to not come out pale in colour. It was my lucky day and the pomegranate arils were lovely deep red. It is the colour of the fruit used that makes the dessert look so vibrant.
This dessert needs to be made ahead of time. Although this tilted parfait requires some time and patience, it is absolutely easy to make.
Here are some tips before getting started with the recipe:
Serving glasses/bowls: I used medium sized tea cups for serving the parfait. Any dessert bowls or cups can be used as long as they are not opaque.
Choice of fruit: I used pomegranate as it is locally available and hence fresh. You can use any fruit of you choice. Avoid melons and citrusy fruits as they do not go well with milk.
Jelly: The jelly is easily available in most local stores. Also, the instructions as to how much water is to added are mentioned on the packet. As these instructions differ from brand to brand, please follow the ones mentioned specifically on the packet that you buy.
Whipped cream: Heavy cream which is also called as whipped cream is used. In case heavy cream is unavailable, Amul fresh cream can also be used.
Read on the ingredients and the method of making this delicious parfait.
Recipe type: Dessert
Total time: 35-40 min for preparation (45 min for the jelly to set , 3 hours in the fridge to chill)
- (1 cup= 250 ml)
- A packet of strawberry jelly crystals (easily available in the market)
- 1 cup of pomegranate arils
- 1.5 cups of whipped cream
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- A muffin tray (to set the jelly in the cups)
- 6 glass cups for serving
- Set 6 empty glass cups on a muffin tray in a titled form.
- Remove the heavy cream from the fridge and let it thaw the at room temperature for some time. Add a few drops of vanilla essence to it.
- In a mixing bowl, prepare the jelly solution by mixing the jelly crystals with hot water. (Directions for making the jelly are mentioned on the carton it is sold in. Follow the instructions)
- Using a spoon, add the jelly solution to the cups. Fill half of all the six cups this way. (See the picture below for reference)
- Pour the leftover jelly solution in a separate bowl to set. This can be used in some other way . (I just devoured mine with a scoop of ice cream once it was chilled 😉 )
- Now let the jelly set in the cups for around 45 minutes to an hour.
- In the meanwhile, whip the heavy cream in a big bowl till stiff peaks are formed. This will take 7 to 8 minutes using an electric beater. The cream can also be whipped using a wired whisk manually, but that takes more time.
- Fill this whipped cream in a piping bag with a nozzle of your choice and keep it aside.
- Once the jelly sets in the cups, gently sprinkle some pomegranate arils in all the cups.
- Holding the cup in one hand, use the other hand to fill the other half of the cup with the whipped cream using the piping bag.
- Once the cup is full, use the piping bag to create a swirl on top of every cup with the cream.
- Decorate with pomegranate arils.
- Refrigerate for 3 hours. Serve chilled. Tastes best when served with a smile 🙂