Sunday, April 15, 2012

Make Dessert With Kids This Mother's Day

A Mother's Day Dessert to Make with Your Kids

This Mother’s Day, I wanted to make a dessert with my kids, but I wanted it to be something different. I also wanted it have at least a somewhat redeeming nutritional value. While it’s easy to make something kid-centric that has four eggs and half a pound of butter, making something more nutritious isn’t such a piece of cake (sorry, couldn’t help myself with the pun). Luckily, I stumbled upon this fruit parfait recipe and I was very pleased with the outcome. Better yet, most of the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
This parfait is made with whole fruit, but it also has alternating layers of cream and cake, so it feels truly decadent.



3 eggs, at room temperature, separated
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and set your eggs out on the counter to come to room temperature. This is a little tip I learned in an online cooking class I took a while back; you’ll get more volume from whipping egg whites if you wait until they are at room temperature. At, you’ll find more information if you’re interested in attending online classes yourself.
Whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar while adding 1/6 cup of sugar, until stiff peaks form. Add in the rest of the sugar until the mix is fluffy. This whipping process is a great time to ask for your kids’ help. Add in vanilla extract. In another bowl, sift flour, cornstarch and salt over the leftover yolks. Then fold in 1/3 of the egg white mixture. Gently fold in the rest of the egg whites, so you don’t lose volume. Spread this batter thinly over a cookie sheet and cover with parchment paper; Bake for about 15 minutes, then allow to cool.



1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp orange liqueur (such us Grand Marnier)


For the syrup, make a standard simple syrup of equal parts sugar and water, plus adding any fruity liqueur you have around. I randomly had some pomegranate liqueur from a spring party I had recently.

Cream Layer


1 egg
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 cup whipping cream


For the cream, combine cornstarch and sugar in a bowl and whisk in the egg. Add in the milk (heat it on the microwave or on the stove first) as well as the orange zest. Put the mixture onto the stove for a few minutes to thicken.


You’ll also need seasonable fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries and melon, cut up into small pieces.
The assembly here is really the fun part that your kids will enjoy. After everything has had suitable time to cool down, you want to combine cream, fruit, and cake in alternating layers in a clear glass or dish. A round cookie cutter or cup top is ideal for cutting the cake into rounds.
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University of Minnesota Extension (2011)


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