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4.26.2012

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Found---a most divine Blackberry & Mint Brownie Parfait for the lovely spring evenings we've been having lately.  Simple, refreshing and downright delicious darlings.   

| ingredients |
1 brownie
12 ounces blackberries
3 ounce sugar
2 tablespoons mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
6-10 mint stems with leaves
3 tablespoons sugar


|instructions |
Prepare the blackberry macerate by putting the blackberries, 3 ounces sugar, 2 tablespoons mint leaves, honey, vanilla extract and water in a bowl. Mix with a fork, mashing some of the blackberries, until everything is evenly distributed. Set aside at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare the mint-infused whipped cream by placing the cream and the mint stems and leaves in a heavy-bottomed pot. Heat the mixture over medium heat just to the scalding stage – don’t let the cream come to a simmer or a boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool at room temperature before placing in the fridge to chill completely.

Once ready to whip – making sure the cream is cold – strain the cream through a fine mesh sieve – saving the cream but discarding the mint. Place the cream in a bowl and whip at high speed. Once the mixture begins to thicken, slowly add the 3 tablespoons sugar and continue whipping until the mixture forms stiff peaks – this will take longer than whipping normal heavy whipping cream. Set aside.

To assemble the parfaits place a few of your favorite brownie chunks in the bottom of a cup. Spoon the mint-infused whipping cream on top of the brownies and then spoon blackberry macerate onto of the whipped cream. Repeat these steps until the cup is filled to the top (I placed a couple large chunks of brownie and some fresh mint leaves on top for decoration).
Only assemble the parfait just before eating. Store the parts separately refrigerated for up to a couple days (you will have to rewhip the cream a bit if you let it sit longer than a few hours).

*image and recipe via chasing delicious

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