I’m fairly sure no one really missed me or even noticed that I hadn’t posted in a couple of weeks *sobs dejectedly and hides under the bed* but just in case…. I’M NOT DEAD!!!! Just thought I’d mention that in case you weren’t sure if I was dead or not when you saw a post from me.
*Scratches head, looks confuzzled, starts to speak and gives up*
Seriously though (who am I fooling with the word ‘seriously” in my blog? Please raise your hand so that we can all laugh at you), I AM back. Can I promise I won’t disappear again? No. I may get hit by a falling space satellite tomorrow. I could contract Typhoid. I could get eaten by an enraged chicken. You never know.
Or I could just need a break again and not be the type to try to get whining attention by writing a post saying “I must leave *insert heavy sigh* because life is too hard *insert more sighs* and I need to lie in my bed, watch bad reality shows and eat Cheetos *sigh more and look downtrodden* and then expect 500 people to comment telling me to go away and come back when I’m refreshed. I prefer to just go away, come back when I’m refreshed and giggle maniacally knowing that maybe one or two of you were wondering where I had gone. I DID need to go away though. For reasons that are probably obvious if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I just needed some down time… physically, emotionally, mentally. But I’m back, I’m raring to go and I MISSED ALL OF YOU!!! *Spreads hugs, kisses and Twinkies everywhere*
And I like to think I have come back with a bang. Berries are getting a bit less expensive as the year progresses (meaning I didn’t have to sell the kids to buy some berries) and if you’ve read my blog, you know I love berries. During the Summer, I tend to exist on fresh blueberries and raspberries *”Violet! You’re turning Violet, Violet!!” (who knows what that’s from? Huh huh huh?)
So what I have for you today *uses my professional voice* is pretty darn yummy. It’s also pretty darn rich so plan to have this after a light meal, not, say, a pork roast or after going to a Chinese buffet (am I the only one who eats like a pig at those?) . I made a parfait that layers a rich white chocolate/almond pudding with fresh berries. I originally started out with a cake that had a white chocolate/almond filling and berries on top and it morphed into this lol.
This is fairly easy. You’re just making a pastry cream, lightening it up into a pudding type mixture, layering it with berries and there ya go… bobs your uncle (what the heck does that phrase MEAN anyway!?)
Berry & White Chocolate/Almond Parfait
- 1 cup half and half or light cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Scant 1/4 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup almond paste, crumbled
- 6 ounces good quality white chocolate
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
- 3 cup assorted berries
- 1/2 cup apricot preserves
- Pour half and half into a saucepan. Add vanilla extract and bring cream to a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and flour.
- Whisk in the eggs, then the warm half and half. Pour this back into the saucepan.
- Add the almond paste and whisk over medium heat until almond paste dissolves and pudding boils, about ten minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the white chocolate. Let sit for about 3 minutes, then stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Put plastic wrap over pudding and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.
- When cold, fold in the heavy cream. Cover again and chill for about another 3 hours.
- When ready to serve, put the preserves in a small bowl and microwave until melted, about 25 seconds.
- Fold gently into the berries in a medium bowl.
- Make a layer of the pudding, a layer of berries, another layer of pudding and top with more berries. Serve. Drool. Eat too much.
I missed you :)! These parfaits sound delicious! Love the combination of the decadent white chocolate and the naturally sweet berries! I have been buying more berries lately as well since they are finally getting cheaper ;)!
Awwww, you missed me??? Yay!!! I like being missed. Wait.. that sounds wrong. But you know what I mean :-p
*I* have missed you! I just didn’t want to be all stalkery and go, “Ummm, are you okay?” a million times.
Don’t do that to me again, by the way. My old heart can’t take it.
although, you’ve sort of made it up to me with fruit.
Wait. YOUR old heart? I’d bet my heart is older than yours.
And yeah; fruit makes everything better 😀
Hot damn, almonds and white chocolate. You’ve still got your edge 😉
Welcome back, and I hope life treats you well, spares you killer chicken, and keeps you around!
Awwww, you said a baddddd worddd… I’m tellin’ your wifeeeee!!!
No killer chickens please.
Must… have… Lactaid…
Sweetheart, BREATHING leaves you needing lactaid
You are refreshed, full of Cheetohs and ready to be back 😀
YAY! I did however notice your absence, but every time I checked your blog, it the same old same old 😛
Good to have you back my friend and with such a blast too!
Choc Chip Uru
Mmmmmmmm, Cheetos! And thanks! 😀
Yum, yum, yum……this looks good, Janet! I’m passing recipe onto my daughters who are much better with new recipes than I am! And glad you’re back!
Cool! Let me know how they like it, Kim
I actually have an Uncle Bob so makes perfect sense to me. I am glad you are back, refreshed, reinvigorated and kicking some berry a**. You know those are some pretty darn nice berries. Maybe it’s worth selling off a kid or two for those. I mean you gots to do what yous gots to do. Great recipe Janet and I am so glad you’re alive and well.
I had an Uncle Bob too so I guess I could have used him in the equation but he’s long gone so we’ll use your Uncle Bob, twin
This is wonderful.
OK, so just to be clear: you are not dead, you have been lying in bed eating Cheetos and watching bad reality TV (next time call me because I enjoy those activities as well), you have opted to purchase fresh berries but not sell one of the children (did you at least get an estimate on what kind of price the kid would fetch?) and you were planning to make a cake but it came out a parfait. Have I got all that right? So, the parfait looks good. I make a non-fat Greek yogurt and berry thing that looks a lot like your recipe but unfortunately does not taste anywhere near as good. 🙂
1) Nope; not dead
2) Not anymore but I’ll send out an invite to you next time
3) The selling children thing is still up for grabs. Depends on mood from moment to moment
4) And yes; parfait… not cake 😛
5) Greek yogurt and berry thing sounds good to me
This looks delicious and welcome back! I’m glad you’re refreshed and not coming down from a twinkie / sugar high covered in cheeto dust!
Oooo, a Twinkie/Sugar high/Cheeto Dust thing sounds kinda good actually. Thanks for the idea, Ann!
Glad to see that you are back, but I will not say that you have to advise us of all the details of why there is not a post out there for a few days. I hate stalking and clinginess. Such as the girl that got mad because I did not come get her when I went to fill up the gas tank in my car-geeze Louise!
Anyhow I do like the “morph” that came about with this one. Lovely layers and flavors-another sweet indulgence, keep them coming and I will keep my spork close at hand to ward off any clingons!
Sounds like your gas stalker was pretty weird there, Tina….. please keep that one for yourself 😛
You really have to keep an eye out for enraged chickens. Those things are not to be underestimated.
I must confess this is the first time I have read your blog, but had I read it before, I’m sure I would have been missing you. Love your sense of humor.
I’ll trade you some of my stuffed pork loin for one of those parfaits. Or any of my bbq. Looks tasty and I can pretend its healthy cuz its got fruit. 😉
Griffin, I agree! Enraged chicken are the worst!! Though I’ve heard that enraged Chipmunks are worse 😛
Welcome back, and this is such a great recipe to return with!
WILLY WONKA. Hah, I got it right, I know 🙂
Welcome back! And what a lovely, fresh, summery little desert to reward us with for missing you 🙂
Yep, you got it in one, Bee! Awesome movie 😀
Welcome Back! Missed you 😉
Thanks Kris!! 🙂
Welcome back, lady!! Glad to hear you are okay! I love this parfait! It looks so tasty!
Thanks Steph! <3 And yep; parfait is awesome... I mean, pudding and fruit; who can beat that?
I’m SO glad you’re back! And you WERE missed! I was just thinking tonight (while making some abominable version of krispies treat), that it was just the sort of thing you’d make. Then I realized I hadn’t seen anything from you lately. Concerned, I come to check on you and *BAM* there you are in all your glory! You definitely deserve breaks now and again. Just know your minions will be waiting! 😉
Awwww thanks Carrie! Though that “you thought of when you made something abominable” part kinda made me laugh… not sure what THAT says about what I post in here 😛
Thanks for the comment on my interview post at Kim’s. 🙂 Welcome back to blogging and you came back with this nice treat to us. We all need to take a break and recharged. Your parfait looks perfect for first day back to blogging! 😉
Thank you Nami! 🙂
Welcome back! Sometimes taking a break can do wonders for you. Great recipe to return with, you had me at almond paste!
Meghan, almond paste always lures me into posts too heheh
Welcome back! This is one hell of an awesome way to return. Talk about an amazing combination of flavors in this parfait!
Thanks Colleen! 🙂
What a fantastic recipe to post for your return–looks perfect for summer!
Thank you Jill! And yeah, I thought it was a perfect hot weather dessert myself 🙂
Yay! Happy you’re back and feeling refreshed. What an great recipe to come back with too! Looks so yummy and refreshing. Perfect for this warm weather.
Thanks Beth! 🙂