Monday, March 7, 2011

Mint Chocolate Parfait


When you find yourself wearing your Halloween socks in March you know you have seriously been neglecting the laundry. And in case you are wondering, yes I do have Halloween themed socks, they were a gift, and yes I have on occasion worn them when it is no where near Halloween (like today for example). Now you may be wondering what this has to do with a parfait? This has nothing to do with a parfait, nothing at all, I just though I'd share.

A Minty Parfait
1 pint Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup Corn Starch
1/8 teaspoon Salt
2 1/2 cups Milk
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
2 teaspoons Vanilla, Divided
3 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 package Cool Mint Oreo Cookies

In a medium sized sauce pan, whisk together the granulated sugar, corn starch, salt, and cocoa. Gradually stir in the milk and cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a soft boil. Let boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. To cool quickly, pour pudding into a medium sized bowl. Make an ice bath using a large bowl filled 1/4 of the way full with water and ice. Carefully put the bowl with the pudding into the ice bath and stir pudding until steam subsides, about 5 minutes. Set pudding aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the heavy whipping cream until it holds its shape. Add the powdered sugar and remaining teaspoon of vanilla, beat to incorporate. Line the bottom of a parfait dish (or a medium sized bowl) with one layer of Oreo cookies. Then top cookies with a layer of chocolate pudding and then a layer of whip cream. Continue adding the layers, ending with the whip cream. If you have a few cookies left over, you can chop them up in a food processor and sprinkle them on top.

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