Thursday, May 1, 2008

Yogurt Parfait with Mango and Cardamom

Mango, brown sugar and cardamom! These were the three delicious ingredients on my list for this month's joust at the Leftover Queen forum! And I ended up with a parfait.

Did you know that "parfait" means literally "perfect" in French? And also it is:
1 : a flavored custard containing whipped cream and syrup frozen without stirring
2 : a cold dessert made of layers of fruit, syrup, ice cream, and whipped cream
(Merriam-Webster dictionary)

My parfait is made with frozen greek yogurt. Parfaits are
usually made in layers in a tall glass, but I used a serving plate instead.
For the custard:
2 cups greek yogurt (substitutes: vanilla yogurt or ice cream)
2 to 3 tablespoons honey

For the mango syrup:
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 to 4 cardamom pods, split open
1/2 cup water
1 mango, peeled and sliced

1) Mix together greek yogurt and honey. Line bottom and sides of muffin pans with loose fitting plastic wrap or parchment paper. Divide the mixture between the lined muffin pans and freeze for about 2 hours.

2) In a sauce pan heat sugar, cardamom pods and water until sugar dissolves for about 5 minutes. Add mango slices and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and leave fruit to cool.

3) Remove the parfait from the freezer. Remove the plastic wrap or parchment paper. Place the parfait on serving plates and drizzle the mango syrup around each one.

Recipe adapted from Woman and Home magazine.


Peter M said...

Cris, it's gorgeous! Best of luck in the Joust.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Ha! Leave it to the French to come up with the "perfect" word for a parfait. I just love them for breakfast--they make me feel like I'm eating in a fancy hotel, you know? Yours is just beautiful!

Tif said...

I love how elegant your parfait looks! I can't wait to whip this out at my next dinner party. Great idea!

Kelli said...

It's just beautiful, Cris! I'm sure it is delicious as well!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks awesome, Cris! You know how much I love Greek yogurt - how refreshing for summer! Best of luck in the Joust! :)

Lore said...

The mango-cardamom paring is a match made in heaven and ever since I've discovered it I like to use it a lot.
Your parfait looks parfait :)!

Suzana said...

Cris, looks absolutely "parfait"!!

Aaron K said...

Yeah simply amazing Cris! I need to keep up with the Foodie Joust. Came in 3rd last time though. -Aaron

Mansi Desai said...

this looks awesome Cris, and has all of my fav flavors! maybe I should take a shot at the Joust too this time:)

btw, you could send this in for the Monthly Mingle that I'm hosting this month, unless you wanna prepare something more delicious!:)

TBC said...

Love the pairing of mango and cardamom. We use cardamom a lot in Indian desserts.

Your parfait looks perfect, Cris! :D