Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Passionfruit parfait by any other name

Passionfruit Parfait. Or should that be Passion-a-misu?

Actually, this dessert is simplified from a recipe by MasterChef Australia contestant Marion Grasby, and she calls it 'Passionfruit and Macadamia Cups'.  A rather innocuous name for a dessert with higher leanings? It certainly looks impressive, with layers of vanilla yoghurt, sponge fingers, macadamias and passionfruit.

Marion's version has yoghurt pastry cream and honey-roasted macadamias, but I couldn't find any honey-roasted nuts, and I didn't have SIX eggyolks to make the pastry cream. So I improvised. Somewhat successfully, I hope.

Now, back to the names.  How about
Tropical Nut Cup
or Yes, sir, we have no Bananas
or Passio-Yogo
or Passion-nut about You?

I'll stop now!

Passionfruit Parfait
serves 2

6 sponge finger biscuits (Savoiardi)
50g unsalted macadamia nuts
100ml vanilla-flavoured yoghurt
3 tblsp passionfruit pulp

Ginger syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 tblsp finely grated ginger

1. For the ginger syrup: Place the sugar, water and ginger into a small pan over low heat.  Stir for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.  Transfer to a heatproof bowl and cool.
2.  To assemble the parfait:  Break each sponge finger in half and dip into the ginger syrup and divide among 2 cups or glasses.  Put a teaspoon of passionfruit pulp on next, followed by some macadamias, then a tablespoon of vanilla yoghurt.  Repeat with the remaining sponge fingers, ginger syrup, passionfruit, macadamias and yoghurt.  Reserve some passionfruit pulp to drizzle on top.

recipe adapted from MasterChef magazine (November 2010)
Ingredients, including prepared ginger syrup, macadamias, savoiardi biscuits, vanilla yoghurt and passionfruit pulp that I bought ages ago for a recipe I forgot to make (passionfruit tart?).
Everything is just layered into a glass. 

Another pretty dessert that looks a lot more effort than it takes.


  1. There is nothing like a good parfait, especially when its infused with so many tropical flavors!

  2. Yes sir, we have no bananas!!!!!!!! Loving this looks especially in this hot summery now!

  3. lovely!! So quick and easy too.

  4. This looks like a great version. I like the way it is layered. Very pretty.

  5. Yogurt pastry cream sounds really interesting! I don't think I've had that before. Damn I just finished the yogurt! :(

  6. Haha, I like "Passion-nut about You"! Great flavours for summer too.

  7. I love all things passion fruit, this looks so tasty.

  8. Yum, Bel! I love the look of this dessert with passion fruit. And it does look so pretty in that glass! Me wants some of those...

  9. Did someone say PARFAIT? yum!! such a great summery dessert! not too heavy but still great in its sweet awesomeness!!

  10. I will give "Yes, sir, we have no Bananas" one vote, and "Tropical Nut Cup" a negative vote. Nut cup sounds so wrong.. almost so wrong it is right, but I'm not entirely convinced. I may be swayed after ingesting a cup though. A nut cup.

  11. "Passio-nut about you" is my favourite. They look lovely and summery.

  12. Wow, it is a little bit like a tiramisu. This would be so amazing on a warm summer day. Passionfruit and pastry cream is just so perfect together.

  13. Bel - you have this talent of finding the prettiest (and quite simple) desserts and pulling it off to make it look like a million bucks!

  14. Passionately Parfait? Hmm. Okay, your suggestions were much better! :D