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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.

The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2008, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 3099

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Servings:
4
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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.

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Reviews (6)

3 Ratings
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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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