(Serves 4 when using 4, 10 ounce glasses filled ¾ of the way up)
Fresh Lemon Curd (recipe below)
Vanilla Bean Cream (recipe below)
16 butter shortbread cookies, crushed chunky
Lemon zest curls, for garnish
4 Lemon-flavored Rolled Wafer Cookies, for garnish
Begin by adding your prepared and chilled Lemon Curd to a piping bag (or large zip lock bag with the bottom corner cut off), and do the same with your prepared and chilled Vanilla Bean Cream; have the two piping bags ready, along with the crushed cookies.
Place all 4 of your glasses in front of you, and add 2 crushed shortbread cookies to the bottom of each; next, pipe into the glass over the shortbread cookies a layer of the lemon curd, about 3 tablespoons worth, starting in the center and working towards the sides of the glass; smooth the curd out gently with a small spoon to bring the curd to the edges; next over top of the lemon curd, pipe in a layer of the vanilla bean cream, about 3-4 tablespoons worth, again starting in the center and working towards the sides of the glass; smooth the vanilla cream out gently with another small spoon to once again bring the cream to the edges; next, repeat the layers once more beginning again with the cookies, next the lemon curd, and finally finishing with the vanilla bean cream, filling the glasses about ¾ of the way up, leaving a bit of room at the top of the glass; finish with a sprinkle of the lemon zest and with a lemon-flavored rolled wafer cookie for garnish; serve immediately while cold, or place into the fridge to hold cold until ready to serve.
Fresh Lemon Curd
Ingredients: (yields about 1 ½ cup curd)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoon lemon zest
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 4-5 lemons)
In a medium glass or steel bowl, add the sugar and the zest, and incorporate the two well with your fingers; next, add the whole eggs and the yolks, and then the lemon juice, and gently combine with a whisk, just until the sugar is dissolved (be careful not to whisk too hard as you don’t want to incorporate air into the mixture).
Next, set the bowl with the lemon curd mixture over a pot of gently simmering water (double-boiler method), making sure that the bowl is not actually touching the simmering water; using a rubber spatula, continuously and gently stir the lemon curd mixture (it will be quite thin at this point) making sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl for even cooking and to avoid “scrambling” the eggs; cook for roughly 6-8 minutes or until the curd mixture thickens and has a ‘pudding’ consistency; next, remove the bowl from the pot of simmering water and wipe the condensation off of the bowl with a towel.
Strain the curd into a clean bowl and cover top with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming; place into refrigerator to completely chill until ready to assemble the parfaits. (*For quicker cooling, you can strain the cooked curd into a bowl set into a larger bowl filled with ice, just be sure that it’s set securely in the ice and won’t slide around, spilling the curd out; stir with a clean spatula for a few minutes, then once cooled, set plastic wrap over the curd and place into fridge to keep cold.)
1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek-style yogurt, cold
1 vanilla-bean pod, cut length-wise and scraped for paste (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
8 ounces cold whipping cream, cold
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
In a medium bowl, add the yogurt and the paste from the scraped vanilla bean (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract), and gently blend with a spatula; set aside for a moment while you whip the cream.
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk (or using a hand-held mixer and a separate bowl), whip the whipping cream until slightly thickened, add the sugar, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
Combine the vanilla/yogurt mixture with the sweetened whipped cream by adding the whipped cream into the yogurt-vanilla base in increments, folding each increment gently in with the spatula to create a light, fluffy cream; cover the vanilla-bean cream with plastic wrap and place into the fridge to keep cold until ready to assemble the parfaits.
"When life gives you lemons make a lemonade"
Photos and recipe by The Cozy Apron