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TIP OF THE DAY: A Pudding Parfait Is An Easy Dessert

Chocolate Pudding Parfait

Pudding Parfaits

Tiramisu Pudding Parfait

Butterscotch Pudding Parfait

[1] All chocolate pudding parfait (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers.) [2] Mixed flavors and garnishes (photo courtesy Yotel |NYC). [3] Tiramisu pudding parfait (photo courtesy The Vegan Cookie Fairy). [4] Butterscotch and vanilla pudding parfait (photo courtesy Gather By D’Amico).

 

It’s the annual crazy-busy holiday season. In the midst of gift shopping, holiday cooking and sending cards (or e-letters or whatever), there’s a stream of adult friends and kids’ friends dropping by, planned get-togethers and other celebrations. When you don’t have time to bake a cake (and don’t want to pay $$$ for them), the solution is pudding parfaits.

Instant pudding, cookie crumbs and a garnish make a pudding parfait with little work, but everyone will be delighted. In our home, there are always boxes of Jell-O pudding (regular and sugarless), cookies and some type of chocolate or candy.

With just 15 minutes advance notice—or while the coffee brews—you can make a pudding parfait.
Combinations:

  • All Chocolate Pudding Parfait: brownie base, chocolate dark chocolate pudding layer, milk chocolate pudding layer, garnished with whipped cream and any chocolate you like.
  • Banana Pudding Parfait: vanilla wafer crumbs, banana pudding, topped with a banana slice (you can caramelize the slices in advance and they won’t “brown”.
  • Butterscotch or Caramel Pudding Parfait: cake crumbs, butterscotch pudding, garnished with toffee chps
  • Cannoli Cream/Mascarpone Pudding Parfait: biscotti crumbs (substitute yellow or white cake), pudding or sweetened mascarpone, topped with cocoa drink powder, shaved chocolate, chocolate chips
  • Coffee/Tiramisu Pudding Parfait: coffee liqueur-soaked lady finger crumbs, coffee pudding, chocolate garnish
  • Lemon Pudding Parfait: butter cookies/shortbread, lemon pudding, lemon zest, tangerine garnish
  • Milk Chocolate/White Chocolate Pudding Parfait: topped with mini chocolate chips
  • Pistachio-Chocolate Pudding Parfait: cookie crumbs, pistachio pudding, chocolate pudding, pistachio nut garnish
  • Red Velvet/Chocolate Pudding Parfait: chocolate cookie crumbs, red velvet pudding, chocolate pudding, strawberry/raspberry garnish
  • Vanilla Pudding Parfait: chocolate cake crumbs, vanilla pudding, topped with drinking chocolate
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    NO COOKIES?

    Substitute:

  • Bread crumbs, slightly sweetened or spice
  • Cake, brownies or muffins, diced
  • Dessert sauce: caramel, chocolate, strawberry, etc.
  • Fruit, diced
  • Preserves, marmalade, sweet chutney
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    FOR ADULTS: LIQUEUR

    Add a hint of liqueur to:

  • Crumbs or other bottom layer
  • In-between layers
  • On top, as a garnish
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    GARNISHES

    See what you have on hand:

  • Berry, fruit slice, orange/mandarin segment
  • Brandied or maraschino cherry
  • Brownie cube
  • Candies (allsorts licorice? candy corn? gummies? M&Ms/Nerds/Skittles, toffee bits?)
  • Chocolate chips (or other flavor)
  • Chocolate square, shaved or curled chocolate, cacao nibs
  • Citrus peel or grated zest
  • Coconut, grated
  • Mini biscotti, cookies, meringues
  • Mini marshmallows or a regular toasted marshmallow
  • Nuts
  • Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, slightly sweetened
  • Pocky sticks
  • Spices: clove, cinnamon, garam masala, nutmeg
  • Sprinkles or dragées
  • Sweet herbs: basil, chervil, lemon thyme, marjoram, mint, pink peppercorns, sage, sweet cicely, tarragon
  • Whipped cream, crème fraîche, mascarpone
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    WHAT’S IN THE PHOTOS?

    [1] All Chocolate Parfait: chocolate cookie crumbs, chocolate pudding, chocolate mini chips.

    [2] Assorted Flavors: chocolate layered, vanilla, vanilla/chocolate layered, variously topped with candied orange peel, chopped nuts, cookie crumbs, mini meringue, strawberry, raspberry.

    [3] Tiramisu Parfait: chocolate cookie crumbs flavored with coffee liqueur, vanilla pudding flavored with coffee liqueur and instant coffee, topped with whipped cream and a chocolate wafer.

    [4] Double Pudding Parfait: chocolate and vanilla pudding layers, topped with whipped cream and a chocolate “cigarette.”

     
      




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