Virtual Baby Shower: Parfaits for Two
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The Elements
Creme Brûlée Base
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
French Toast
  • ¼-1/2 baguette, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-2 TBSP butter
Champagne Berry Coulis
  • 1½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ cup prosecco
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
Homemade Whipped Cream
  • ½ pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2 TBSP granulated sugar
Procedure
Creme Brûlée Base
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the cream for about 6-8 minutes until hot to touch.
  2. Scrape out the vanilla bean pod and put the seeds into the cream, then drop the pod in there as well.
  3. Whisk the egg, egg yolk, sugar and salt together in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Whisk the hot cream into the bowl, then immediately pour it back into the saucepan on the stove, continuing to whisk for 4-5 minutes until mixture has thickened.
  5. Strain into another bowl, then divide evenly into the stemless glasses, and chill overnight in the fridge.
French Toast
  1. In a wide shallow bowl, whisk together milk, egg, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  2. Soak bread cubes in the milk egg mixture.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Melt 1-2 teaspoons of the butter.
  4. Add enough cubes of bread to cover the base of the skillet but not more (I have a mini cast iron skillet that I LOVE so I did this in batches...if you use a big one you could probably do all of this at once...add 1-2 more teaspoons of butter for each batch.  Use 1-2 TBSP for a full batch if you do it all at once).  The amount of butter you choose to use is entirely up to you just remember this is basically a breakfast dessert and it will inevitably taste better if you use a bit more butter ;)
Champagne Berry Coulis
  1. Mix all of the ingredients into a small saucepan and heat on medium high for 10-15 minutes or until some of the berries have burst and they are all generally pretty soft.
Homemade Whipped Cream
  1. Whip the whipping cream and sugar in an electric mixer on High until it is whipped fully (this should take only a few minutes)
Assembly of Parfait
  1. Creme brûlée base should be chilled in fridge already.
  2. Top with French toast cubes, then the coulis, then the whipped cream!
  3. Top with macaron (optional but highly recommended!)
The Verdict
OMG HEAVEN you guys!!! This is my new favorite thing and I actually would make this again, especially since it's just for two...read = just for one because Matt refuses to eat desserts with fruit in it, and yay more for me! I had it for dessert, but I also had some of the other one the next morning for breakfast and it was good that way as well! HIGHLY recommend!
Recipe by Order in the Kitchen at http://orderinthekitchen.com/parfaits-for-two/