With local peach season just about here, the Peachy Keen Mascarpone Parfait is just the thing to finish off a summer meal. This easy to prepare dessert can be assembled the day before. Just cover the glass with film.
The riper the peaches the less time they will need to be blanched. If you can get cling free peaches, it will make separating the flesh from the stone so much easier leaving a better looking peach half.
The amaretti cookies are an Italian specialty. They are highlighted with bitter almond which is one of my favorite tastes.
Mascarpone is a semi-soft, creamy, Italian cheese that comes in a tub. It can be found in the specialty cheese case of grocery stores or in specialty cheese shops. Cream cheese is sometimes substituted for this cheese but it does not have the same consistency or taste.
40% or heavy whipping cream is used for its higher fat content than regular whipping cream. As such it holds the water in suspension and the cream will not leak liquid when whipped. It is also more dense when whipped.
Parfait glasses are usually stemmed and can be various shapes. However, any glass will do. Continue reading