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Old 10-25-2008, 07:52 PM
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Persimmon & Coconut Cream Parfait

We found a very special treat at the store the other day: the first persimmons of the season. And to top it all off, they were on sale at 3 for a buck! Yippee! 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!

Here's what I came up with. 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.

Persimmon & Coconut Cream Parfait

Variation 1 - Persimmon Pudding

Flesh of 4 very ripe persimmons

Blend until smooth.

Variation 2 - 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.

Coconut 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.

Crumble Layer and/or Topping
1 tbs gogi berries and 2 tbs dried coconut, finely ground in coffee grinder
1 tbs dried mango, ground

In a nice glass, put a couple of spoonfuls of pudding of choice, followed by some Coconut Whipped Cream. 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.

Carmella's Note: The topping idea came to me at the very end but next time, I will definitely layer some of the mixture in the parfait as well as it's so colorful and pretty.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:50 AM
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Awwwwwwwwwww Carmi I don't see a Parfait glass (5th) one for me!!!!!!! awwwwwwwwwww ! and and they look so almost purrrrrrrfect ! I love 'parsimons' !
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