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Coffee and Armagnac Parfait

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Bistro
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  5 Hours 15 Minutes
  Serves 4-6
This icy dessert combines the pleasure of strong coffee with a shot of good brandy. A base of heavy cream provides a smooth texture, lasting body and stability. For an authentic presentation, serve it in traditional fluted parfait glasses. Cognac or another brandy may be substituted for the Armagnac, if you wish.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
4 egg yolks
2 cups heavy cream
2 1/2 tablespoons coffee extract
1/3 cup armagnac
Unsweetened cocoa or roasted coffee beans, optional
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DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved; bring to a boil over high heat.


Meanwhile, place the egg yolks in a heatproof bowl. As soon as the sugar-water syrup boils, remove from the heat and slowly pour the mixture into the egg yolks while whisking vigorously.


Place the bowl over (not touching) barely simmering water in a pan. Continue to whisk vigorously until the mixture is frothy and stiff, 3-4 minutes.


Remove the bowl from over the water and, using an electric mixer set on high speed or the whisk, continue to beat until the mixture cools down completely, about 5 minutes. Set aside.


Place the cream in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer fitted with clean beaters, beat until soft peaks form. Add the coffee extract, Armagnac and cooled yolk mixture and, using a rubber spatula, fold together gently.


Divide the mixture evenly among 4-6 individual parfait glasses. Cover and freeze for at least 5 hours or, preferably, overnight.


Serve each parfait garnished with a dusting of cocoa or a few coffee beans, if desired.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4-6
Calories: 434
Fat. Total: 33g
Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 26g
Sodium: 36mg
% Cal. from Fat: 68%
Cholesterol: 250mg
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