If you like mango, mint, whipped cream and easy desserts, you will love this Mango Mint Parfait. It is perfect for hot summer days that call for a chilled seasonal dessert.
Oh, summers make me so lethargic. I can barely get my butt out of bed in the mornings to workout (I have been playing hooky more often than I would like to admit). It is a good thing that it has been so busy or I would just be warming my butt on the couch in frontof a fan all day watching Grey’s Anatomy and reading some adventure fiction. We have been hosting guests for the last two weeks and our house is booked for this week and the next week and the week after! I am loving this. I never knew I enjoyed being a host so much. I can cook more, bake more and experiment more in general. Surely, I will suffer from empty nest syndrome once the guest deluge is passed. Any tips Mommy??
Also, there are 120 summer festivals going on in Toronto that we need to keep track of along-with the weather. Our calendars are full of events and you would have seen many more Instagram stories if it weren’t raining so much in Toronto.
Then there is full time job hunt! Grrrrr I can’t begin to tell you how hard finding a job in Toronto is proving to be. My frustration level is at max. I think this is also a reason I am loving hosting guests because it diverts my mind from job hunt woes! Oh well, I am inherently a highly optimistic human so I really can’t sulk and complain for a long time.
Between making huge amounts of granola, cookies, burger buns and pita bread, pulling my hair over job hunt, re-energizing between guests, jumping in excitement over GoT and reading all #GameOfThrones tweets, finding time to make something for the blog is a bit scarce. Even if I do, it gets eaten before I can take pics – case in point Steve’s birthday cake which was a deliciously light, fluffy, summery, 4 layers of chiffon packed with strawberry rhubarb jam, and covered with strawberry whipped cream!
So today, I took a break from everything before my guests arrive late at night, made these Mango Mint Parfaits that were swimming in my head for a long time, photographed, edited, ate some (thanked god that it turned out delicious) and posted it. Record time! If you love mangoes, and mint and whipped cream and easy desserts, you will love this. It takes a bit of planning, but not much work and they look so bright and pretty. I would recommend infusing the cream and making the pudding the night before or in the morning if serving this for dinner, so it gets ample time to chill. Then simply assemble the components in 5 minutes and serve immediately. It is slightly tangy, sweet, creamy and crunchy from the granola. You can swap the granola for crushed cookies of your choice or eliminate the whole crunch factor if you belong to the school that dessert does not need to be crunchy. Your choice.
Cheers to a busy summer!
Mango Mint Parfait
Ingredients – 2 – 4 light servings
½ cup whipping cream
5-6 fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp icing sugar
Flesh of 1 medium mango
3-4 tbsp icing sugar
Juice of half a lime
pinch of black salt (optional)
chopped mango – 4tbsp
1 – 2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp icing sugar
Infuse Cream with Mint
In a small saucepan, heat whipping cream with mint leaves till scalding. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or preferably overnight.
Remove from refrigerator and strain the cream. Discard the mint leaves. Whip the cream till soft peaks form. Add 2tbsp of icing sugar and beat till stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate.
Make Mango pudding
Add mango flesh, icing sugar, lime juice in a blender and blend till smooth.
Pour into saucepan and heat on medium heat. Dissolve cornstarch in 1 tbsp water and pour into the saucepan. Whisk the mixture constantly for 2 – 3 minutes till thick.
Remove from heat, whisk in the black salt if using, pour into a clean bowl, cover with clingwrap touching the surface of the mixture and chill.
Fold most of the minty whipped cream into the mango pudding, leaving behind 2-3 tbsp for garnish.
Mix all the garnish ingredients together and let sit for a few minutes.
When ready to serve, in a small glass, add some crunchy granola, or crumbled cookie of your choice, spoon some mango pudding mixture on the granola. Spoon over some garnish mangoes and whipped cream. Serve immediately.