Parfaits are not my usual choice when it comes to dessert, despite my penchant for sweets made primarily with berries and cream. Something about layering everything in a tall glass strikes me as fussy. But that's not a good enough reason to miss this delightful, slightly boozy parfait from the new Treme cookbook.
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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.
Not your typical American layered fruit and cream parfait, this is more of a French variation, a light and airy frozen mousse. Passion fruit purée can be a little hard to come by, but you can easily substitute reduced passion fruit juice for that same sweet and tangy tropical taste.