This recipe for heart-shaped strawberry parfaits, from chef John Baricelli, makes a delicious Valentine's Day dessert. Note: Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, or anyone whose health is compromised.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Slice pound cake crosswise into four 1/4-inch-thick slices, reserving any remaining pound cake for another use. Insert a 3-inch heart-shaped mold into each slice and remove any of the cake that remains around the outer edge of the cutter. Transfer cutters, with cake in the bottom to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; set aside.

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  • Fill a medium saucepan with about 2 inches of water and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, yolk, 3 tablespoons sugar, and a pinch of salt. Set bowl over, but not touching, simmering water and whisk until egg mixture reaches 140 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer bowl to an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and whisk until mixture is thickened and forms ribbons.

  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of a food processor, combine 2 pints strawberries, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until finely chopped; set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into yolk mixture, along with 1/4 of the strawberry mixture, until well combined. Top the cake-filled molds with the yolk mixture, smoothing out the top so that it is even with the molds. Transfer to a freezer and freeze overnight. Refrigerate remaining strawberry mixture overnight.

  • Remove parfaits from freezer. Push strawberry parfaits from molds to remove, using a hot towel, if necessary. Let parfaits stand for 20 minutes.

  • Cover the bottom of each of four dessert plates with remaining strawberry mixture; top with parfait. Dust with confectioners' sugar and fan strawberry slices on top of parfaits; serve immediately.

Reviews (6)

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02/11/2008
There seems to be 1/4 cup sugar discrepancy. The ingredient list calls for 1/2 cup plus 3 Tbs.-- but I can only find directions for 1/4 cup plus 3 Tbs.
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02/11/2008
The heart-shaped form used on the show is from atecousa.net.
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02/11/2008
The heart-shaped mold used on the show is from
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02/09/2008
I thought Martha
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02/09/2008
You can find all sort of shapes of cookie-cutters and molds at Sur la Table
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02/09/2008
hello Martha I will love to make this for my husband, anybody knows where to get those beatiful heart molds at good price thank you for you wonderful show you are awsome.
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