Staying with the valentine theme I have added a bonus recipe this week in the form of white chocolate parfait hearts. They are rich and indulgent and, although the recipe makes two, you may want to share just one at a time. If you do not have heart shape moulds you can make them in small ramekin dishes instead.
Parfait is an iced dessert which can be made without churning to break up the ice crystals during freezing. This makes an ideal iced dessert to make in small quantities. After all, you wouldn’t want to go to all the work of making ice cream – which needs frequent churning during the freezing period- for just two portions. That said, this recipe can easily be doubled up to serve four, if two just isn’t enough and they will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
To counteract the sweetness I served them with some plain chocolate dipped strawberries. Equally delicious would be to serve them with some fruit coulis (pureé fruit sauce) or mixed berries.
The decoration on top is made by simply holding a sheet of paper over half the heart while lightly dusting the other side with a little cocoa powder.
Step by step white chocolate parfait
- 100 g white chocolate
- 1 tsp clear honey
- 1 egg separated
- 100 ml double cream
- cocoa powder to dust
- chocolate dipped strawberries optional, mixed berries or fruit coulis, to serve
- Line 2 individual heart moulds or ramekins with cling film or foil. Smooth out as many creases as possible.
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a pan over hot water. Stir until melted. Tip: Make sure the bowl is not touching the water.
- Once melted, remove from the heat and beat in the honey and egg yolk, followed by the cream.
- Whisk the egg whites until standing in soft peaks. Gold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the prepared tins and freeze overnight
- Remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator for 10–20- minutes. Turn out of the tin to serve. Decorate with a dusting of cocoa powder
If preparing more than a day in advance, wrap well once frozen. Keep for up to 1 month.
For a simple two person main course you may like my Pan fried sea bass.
NB: This dish contains raw egg white, which carries a small risk of food poisoning so is not suitable for people in at risk groups See here for current UK guidelines