Parfait, meaning ‘Perfect’ in French, is traditionally a frozen dessert, dating back to around 1894. It is usually made with a combination of eggs, cream and sugar syrup, that form a custard base, over/with which are added flavoured jellies, fruits, and often, granola for the crunch. A healthier version of this delectable dessert can be made by using plain or flavoured yogurt, or low-fat custard.
Parfaits are great as a summer dessert, with their cooling properties and addition of fresh or tropical fruits. You can whip up this easy dessert even with the simplest of ingredients in your pantry, and whether you have it with a dash of muesli or cereal for breakfast, or make it with leftover cake, ice cream, chocolate sauce, mousse jelly, this is a must-have in this sweltering summer heat.
Yogurt & Berry Parfait (with grape coulis)
- Low-fat Greek Yogurt or Plain hung curd – 1 cup
- Low-fat Cream – 2 tbsp
- Strawberry flavoured cornflakes or plain cornflakes – 2 to 3 tbsp, crushed lightly
- Black grape coulis – 1/2 cup (recipe below) OR Grape jelly/Sauce
- Seedless Black grapes – 8 to 10
- Seedless Green grapes – 8 to 10
- Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
For the Coulis:
- Seedless black grapes – 10 to 15
- Sugar – 1 tbsp
- Lemon juice – of 1/2 lemon
- Corn flour – 1 tbsp, dissolved in water.
- For the coulis/grape sauce, heat a pan and add the grapes and sugar, stirring continuously.
- Once the grapes begin to soften, use the back of a spoon to mash them lightly.
- Add the lemon juice, and when the coulis is nice and mushy, turn off the flame.
- Strain the coulis, and pour the liquid back into the pan, turning down the heat.
- Add the cornflour, and stir until the sauce is thick but flowy.
- Cool in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
- In a bowl, pour the yogurt, and vanilla extract.
- You don’t need to add sugar if the yogurt is sweetened, but add a teaspoon if you find it tangy.
- Beat well, and chill well, before you begin layering your parfait glass (or any other tall glass).
- Start with a layer of crunchy granola or cornflakes at the bottom.
- On top of this, add a nice, fat layer of yogurt with a spoon, or pipe it in.
- Layer with grape coulis, and pieces of green and black grape.
- Repeat process until glass is filled.
- Top with a final sprinkle of cornflakes, and grapes.
- Serve immediately to enjoy the crunch of granola/cornflakes.