Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Strawberry Parfait with Lime Curd

From Food & Drink, Summer 2011

Printable Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes
Fridge time: 2 – 4 hours
Assembly time: 5 minutes

Serves 8

5-6 cups fresh strawberries
1 pkg (250g) light cream cheese, softened
½ cup icing sugar
1 cup cold whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 – 1 ½ cups lime curd (recipe at bottom)
Zest of 1 lime

1. Set 4 large perfect strawberries aside for garnish. Hull and slice remaining berries into bite sized pieces. Cover and refrigerate for up to half a day.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with sugar until somewhat fluffy. In another bowl, combine the cream and vanilla. Whip until stiff peaks form and fold into cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for up to half a day.

3. When ready to serve, use parfait or large wine glasses (1 cup), place sliced strawberries on bottom, layer cream, layer lime curd and continue layering until top of glass. Top layer should be lime curd. Top with half a perfect strawberry and sprinkle with lime zest.

Lime Curd
Makes 1 ½ cups

1 large lime
3 large eggs
½ cup sugar
¼ cup, butter, softened
Juice 4 limes ( 3/4 cup)

1. Finely zest 1 large lime and set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, whisk eggs, sugar and butter. Stir in juices and zest. The mixture may be lumpy at this point. Whisk constantly over low heat until the mixture starts to thicken and turns lighter in color (15-18 minutes). DO NOT BOIL.

3. Remove from heat and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd. Refrigerate for up to one week.

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