Caramelized Pinã Colada Parfaits
Here’s a simple parfait that combines the flavors of one of my favorite drinks, the Pinã Colada. On the bottom is a layer caramelized fresh pineapple, topped with a rich coconut cream, with a layer of crumbled ginger biscuits in between, adding some texture.
Recipe courtesy of Tish Boyle, editor Dessert Professional Magazine & Author - Visit Her Website!
- Makes 4 parfaits
Coconut Rum Cream:
- 1 ¾ cups (one 13.5-oz can) unsweetened coconut milk
- ¼ cup (60 g) whole milk
- 6 large egg yolks
- ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (30 g) cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter
- ½ cup (108 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 ¾ cups fresh pineapple cubes (1/2-inch)
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
Make the Coconut Cream:
Put the coconut milk and whole milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture, then return the yolk mixture to the milk remaining in the saucepan, whisking to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened. Remove from the heat and pour into a medium stainless steel bowl. Set the bowl in a larger bowl of ice water and let stand, whisking occasionally, until chilled. Whisk the cream vigorously until very smooth.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream at high speed to soft peaks. Fold one-third of the cream into the chilled coconut cream. Fold in the remaining whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Make the Caramelized Pineapple:
Melt the butter in a skillet and add the pineapple cubes. Sprinkle the sugar over the pineapple and cook over medium-high heat, stirring or tossing frequently, until the sugar caramelizes and the pineapple is slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pineapple to a bowl. Add the rum to the remaining caramel mixture in the skillet and cook for a minute or 2 until the mixture thickens. Pour the liquid over the pineapple and cool.
Assemble the parfaits:
Spoon about ¼ of the Caramelized Pineapple into the bottom of a serving glass. Spoon some of the liquid on top. Top with a layer of broken ginger cookies, then top with ¼ of the Coconut Cream. Garnish with the toasted coconut and a pineapple chip. Repeat to make 4 parfaits. The parfaits can be assembled and refrigerated up to 1 hour before serving.