Virtual Baby Shower: Parfaits for Two

These Parfaits for Two are part of a fabulous Virtual Baby Shower celebration for Christina of Desserts for Two!  I decided upon the idea of making a parfait, because Christina’s baby, due in May, will be named Camille.  So of course I went to Babynames.com to look up the meaning behind Camille, which apparently means “perfect” which is just of course perfect for this little angel!  I knew from my years studying french that “parfait” is the french word for “perfect” and so I decided to go with Parfaits for Two.  But not just any parfaits…Parfaits-for-TwoI wanted these parfaits to be extra French.  So instead of yogurt or ice cream, I used a creme brûlée base, and topped it with cubes of french toast, a champagne berry coulis, fresh homemade whipped cream and a macaron!  It had a lot of elements, but none were too difficult or time consuming (I purchased the two macarons at a French bakery), and this was such a fun little dessert to whip up!
Parfaits for Two

I decided to serve them in my little stemless wine glasses because quite honestly I use any excuse I can to use them!  They say “Cheers” in 6 different languages and I just think they are too darn cute.  I used the “Sante” one because, hello, French…and Cheers because after all Camille WILL be an American baby :)  Parfaits for Two

I made the creme brûlée base the night before so it could set in the fridge and this really made the whole process a snap!  You’ve gotta get that french toast in there for some good crunch!  I used day-old baguette bread because I like it to have some good texture to it! Parfaits for Two

I used mixed berries because I like to get a little bit of everything, although I ended up removing the strawberries from the mix because they were just too big (and cutting them wasn’t really an option as they were frozen berries).  Dousing them in champagne is really not optional (ok it totally is but champagne is my favorite like.ever.).  The only thing I like more than champagne is cinnamon, and so of course I’m the luckiest girl ever because I found SNICKERDOODLE MACARONS stuffed with NUTELLA. YES.  Parfaits for Two

Snickerdoodles = favorite cookie (because, well, cinnamon)

Macarons = favorite tiny treat

Nutella = favorite chocolate spread (because yes there are other chocolate spreads and no, they are not Nutella…do not let them fool you…try Nutella…you won’t look back)

Champagne/Prosecco = favorite drink … you can say it’s boring, I think it’s classic 😉

French Toast = favorite breakfast treat

Creme Brûlée = favorite French classic

This parfait = PARFAIT

Parfaits for Two

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!
Cheers to Christina, her husband and their beautiful new addition!

Parfaits for Two

And be sure to check out what the other amazing bloggers made for Christina!!

Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas from Well Plated

Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Country Cleaver

Mini Bourbon and Bacon Tater Tot Casseroles from Climbing Grier Mountain

Maple-Chia Overnight Oatmeal from Feed Me Phoebe

Lemon Cake for Two from Keep It Sweet Desserts

Mini Raspberry Rhubarb Pavlovas from The Baker Chick

Almond Berry Cake Parfaits for Two from Edible Perspective

Peanut Butter Bourbon Blondies from The Frosted Vegan

Mixed Berry Mascarpone Scones from Bluebonnet Baker

Greek Yogurt Funfetti Cupcakes for Two from The Housewife in Training Files

Bourbon Barbeque Sliders with Bleu Cheese from Saucy Pear

Steak Fajita Tacos for Two from The Sweetphi Blog

Mango Madeleines from Stetted

Citrus Salad with Mint, Honey, and Lime from Rachel Cooks

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream from Joyful Healthy Eats

French Breakfast Puffs from Stephie Cooks

Blueberry Vanilla Cream Hand Pies from Eats Well With Others

Banana Pudding Cheesecake from The Domestic Rebel

15 comments

  1. DessertForTwo says:

    What the what?!!!?!! Is this all of my favorite things in one wine glass? Oh my gosh, Lynn!!! Thank you SO much! Thanks for all the kind words, the killer parfaits, and for being YOU. I just love you to the moon and back! You’re my fave. Like ever. Ok, this is how we talk via text, and now the world is finding out. Quick! Let’s be super serious and professional again.
    Love ya to the moon and back!

    • Lynn Lovejoy says:

      AHH thanks so much love! I was so thrilled to be invited to partake in your shower!! You are such a sweetheart <3 I'm so excited to meet Camille and just like gush all over her! And yes we can resume communicating professionally so everyone doesn't judge us for being super creepy in comments LOL I'll reserve the creepy love stuff for our texts 😉 Love you! Happy shower!
      xo <3

  2. krista @joyfulhealthyeats says:

    Ok, you are the cutest thing ever! Love that you looked up the meaning of the name and then tied it together with parfait! Genius and these look perfect, not sure that i’d want to share with anyone… too much deliciousness going on in here!

    • Lynn Lovejoy says:

      Thank you so much girl!! I didn’t share with anyone either LOL! I was pretty excited that Camille meant perfect…it was just TOO perfect to pass up :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

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