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Leftover Pie Parfait

[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

The composition of your parfait is your own adventure. The basic rule is that you want to choose an ice cream, a topping, and a sauce which act either in harmony or in unison with your pie flavor. For instance, you could compose a harmonious concoction by pairing a slightly tart apple pie with cinnamon ice cream, graham cracker crumbles, and caramel sauce; or, you could go matchy-matchy and pair a slice of grasshopper pie with mint chocolate chip ice cream, thin mints, and chocolate sauce.

With the parfait shown in this recipe, I used apple pie, cinnamon swirl ice cream, crushed graham crackers, and caramel sauce. I also used fairly large parfait cups—they had about an 8-ounce capacity. If you're using smaller parfait cups, simply divide the ingredients among more cups.

About the author: Jessie Oleson is a writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011; she is currently at work on her second book.

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