Almond Cream Parfait

These parfaits are a great way to top off holiday meals. They have a sweet almond flavor but aren't too heavy and filling.

Yield

6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

1 cup granulated (white) sugar, divided
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 cups milk
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup chopped toasted almonds
1/2 cup shortbread cookie crumbs
1 cup heavy whipping cream
6 to 8 maraschino cherries

Directions

In a large saucepan, combine 3/4 cup sugar and cornstarch. Gradually add milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

In a small bowl, beat egg yolks; gradually add 1 cup hot milk mixture. Return all to pan. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Add butter and extract; mix well. Chill for 1 hour or until cool.

Add almonds. Pour into six to eight parfait glasses; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. In a bowl, beat cream and remaining sugar until soft peaks form. Spoon over parfaits. Chill. Just before serving, garnish with cherries.

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 each) equals 423 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 164 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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