Thursday, April 30, 2015


This cherry dessert is a fantastic quick treat that is easy to prepare and is great for warm weather, as no baking is involved. If you like smoothies, you will like this; cherries cooked to a thick, creamy consistency, mixed with delicious white chocolate, then layered with freshly whipped cream. You can use fresh or frozen cherries; just make sure the cherries are fully thawed, if using frozen ones. The parfaits aren't overly sweet, so if you like your desserts really sweet, feel free to increase the amount of sugar. You can also omit or increase the brandy.

Cherry chocolate parfaits

100 grams cherries
100 ml cold water
50 grams sugar
250 ml whole milk
2 levelled tablespoons cornflour (corn starch)
50 grams white chocolate, grated
1 tablespoon Kirsch
150 ml double cream

Put the cherries, sugar and water in a large saucepan, and let them sit for about 10 minutes. After that, bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. At this point you can blend the cooked mixture with an immersion blender if you want it completely smooth; or just break up the cooked cherries with a fork, if you want pieces of cherries. Mix together the cornflour (corn starch) and the milk in a medium bowl, pour it in the saucepan with the cherries and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Remove it from the heat and immediately add the grated chocolate and mix until the chocolate is melted. Add the Kirsch and mix to blend. Leave this to cool down at least to room temperature, stirring occasionally as it cools. Whip the double cream until stiff peaks form. Once the mixture is cool, but still pourable, take two serving glasses and layer the cherry mixture and the double cream. Place the serving glasses in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then take them out, top with more cherries or some more white chocolate and serve. Yields 2 servings.