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Monday, November 10, 2008

Recipe of the Week: Persimmon & Coconut Cream Parfait

This has been a sweet week, in every sense of the term. For one thing, Heathy's new 'Just Desserts' ebook is virtually finished. (Yippee!) I am beyond excited that it will be available soon (should only be a few more days now) so that you, too, can start preparing her scrumptious recipe creations.

Speaking of Heathy, she just booked her tickets yesterday for a 3 week visit with us. (What can I say, we're becoming inseparable! lol) We're looking forward to spending more time together, and with the release of her book, we'll be free to try other chefs' recipes. (I have the new Matthew Kenney's and Cafe Gratitude's books on their way!) Knowing us, we'll probably also come up with some of our original creations. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Which brings me to my Recipe of the Week... I was hard pressed to pick which one to feature as we got to enjoy a number of awesome new recipes in the last few days. I'd been toying with the idea of creating a raw version of a charlotte, ever since Mosaica and I made lady fingers in the course of our last sweet D day. I served it for dessert last night and it was a hit; it turned out even better than I imagined!

With the Holidays approaching, persimmons (that oh-so-delicious treat!) have reappeared on the shelves of our local supermarket. And to top it all off, they were on sale at 3 for a buck! Needless to say that we loaded up. I also found some pretty cool glasses at a great little thrift store, so a parfait seemed to be called for. I whipped up two different variations that are simply too yummy not to share.

Persimmon & Coconut Cream Parfait

Serves 4

Variation 1 - Tropical Pudding
Flesh of 4 very ripe persimmons
1 cup mango, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup dried mango, ground in coffee grinder - optional
1 tbs gogi berries
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 generous pinches allspice

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Carmella's Note:
I used frozen mangoes that were not the tastiest so I decided to add some dried as well so as to deepen the flavor. However, if you can lay your hands on some good fresh or frozen mango, you could omit the dried stuff.

I find that persimmons have a very delicate taste that sort of get lost when blended along with other ingredients. If you prefer, make a simple pudding by blending the persimmons on their own.

Variation 2 - Simple Persimmon Pudding
Flesh of 4 very ripe persimmons

Blend until smooth.

Take your pick between the following two decadent creams and you got yourself a lovely and light, not to mention visually stunning, dessert!

Coconut Cream

A coconut variation of my famous Whipped Cream...

1/4 cup young coconut meat
2/3 cup coconut water
1/4 cup + 2 tbs cashews
1/8 - 1/4 cup honey or agave, to taste
1 tsp lucuma
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp lecithin powder

Blend all but last 2 ingredients until smooth in high-speed blender. Add coconut oil and lecithin and blend some more. Chill to firm up.

Carmella's Note: This would also be really yummy as an ice cream.

The second time I made the parfaits, I used Elaina Love's awesome Bavarian Custard. There seems to be two versions of this recipe floating around; one that calls for young coconut milk and one for young coconut meat. I opted for the one posted on her site.

Bavarian Custard
Recipe by Elaina Love

Serves 4

2 cups young coconut milk
1/2 c. coconut water
2 Tbs. orange juice (1/2 orange)
1/8 tsp. Himalayan Crystal Salt
1 pinch-1/8 tsp. turmeric for color
1 vanilla bean, chopped or scraped
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup agave nectar or more to taste
1 Tbs.  lecithin
1 Tbs. coconut oil or coconut butter

Blend on high until the mixture is creamy. Refrigerate until cool and serve.

Carmella's Notes:
~ What I did was blend 1 cup meat with coconut water to obtain the 'coconut milk'. I used a little less than the 2 cups called for, yet it wasn't very firm even after chilling in the freezer.

~ For a firmer texture, I would recommend skipping the 1/2 cup coconut water and/or throwing in some cashews or dried coconut. You could also simply replace the coconut milk by coconut meat.

Crumble Layer and/or Topping (Optional)
1 tbs gogi berries
2 tbs dried coconut
1 tbs dried mango

Finely grind the gogi berries, coconut and mango in coffee grinder.

Carmella's Notes:
~ The topping idea came to me when I was almost done assembling the parfaits, but layering some of the mixture between layers would also be lovely; it's so colorful and pretty.

~ I like to grind the gogi and coconut together; try it and you'll understand why. ;-)

In a nice glass, put a couple of spoonfuls of pudding of choice, followed by some Coconut Cream or Custard. Alternatively, for a different visual effect, you could start with the Cream, followed by the pudding.

If desired, sprinkle a layer of gogi/coconut mixture and ground dried mango.

Repeat layers, finishing off with more gogi/coconut mixture and dried mango (optional).

But what about the charlotte recipe you ask? Not to worry, I won't be keeping this one to myself. I'll be posting it in a few days, along with detailed photos of how to assemble this luscious dessert.

Stay tuned!


  1. i'm totally moving in with you for a bit so i can sit and eat all the awesome food you guys make :D

  2. Oh, my gorgeous, Carmella! This is making me drool. xo Raw Vee

  3. YUM! I LOVE PERSIMMONS! Thanks for the great recipes!

  4. cant wait to make the coconut parfait!

  5. Sarah's moving in for a bit - well I guess I'll move in too ;) 9 days till my next visit woo hoo!
    Hope those persimmons are st ill on the shelves cuz I soooo wanna try that parfait girlie!
    The charlotte looks so amazing I cant even put it into words!!!!!!!
    To top it all off...whoever did that book cover is ingenious ;)

  6. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................are you serious, I can't eat my monitor?.........................oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  7. That last pic is making me drool! ha ha!

    The parfait looks perfect for fall and quite delectable I might add. :)

    That'll be so fun when Heathy arrives! Look forward to all the tales and see what you guys whip up!

  8. Ooopsie! Sorry guys! I've been so caught up finishing Heathy's book I haven't had a chance to respond yet.

    Thank you all for dropping by and for your kind and fun comments.

    Hehe... Sarah, the more the merrier I say. Although yardsnacker has already asked me to adopt him and Heathy has claimed her bedroom. Gee, guess we better start looking for a bigger place, eh? ;-)

    Heathy girl,
    So shall I add the parfaits to 'The List'?

    Hehe... Thanks dearie! Glad you likey the cover.

    Hiya Rosie,

    You betcha!

    Oh-oh, I'm seriously falling behind with my report on Heathy's last visit... Better get to it before she ends up on my doorstep in a couple of weeks.

    When we said goodbye at the airport not even 2 months ago, I had a sense that I'd see Heathy again soon. I just didn't realize how soon! lol

  9. OMG, I just made the Persimmon & Coconut Cream Parfaits tonight and they were AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for the recipe! I am becoming a devout Heathy and Carmella fan!

  10. Wow! Those look really yummy! One question, is there a substitute for young coconut meat? Can't find it here. =( TIA

  11. Carmella, you have no idea how grateful we (me and my wife) are for your wonderful recipes wherein you used coconuts (meat, water, oil, etc.) quite extensively.

    Ever since we became health conscious, we found it difficult to eat desserts without the guilt.

    Thanks a lot!

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