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Mascarpone Cream Parfaits

(Serves 4)
Mascarpone Cream Parfaits
Mascarpone Cream Parfaits

Mascarpone Cream:
2 large eggs, separated
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Amaretto liqueur
8 ounces mascarpone, room temperature

1-1/2 cups crumbled amaretti cookies
1 shot Amaretto liqueur
Cocoa powder
Ground cinnamon
Shaved dark chocolate, for garnish
Fresh seasonal berries, for garnish
Fresh mint, for garnish


To make the mascarpone cream:  (See note below)
Beat the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy and pale yellow.
Stir in the mascarpone and Amaretto.
In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Gently fold the whites into the mascarpone mixture.  Set aside.

To assemble the parfaits:
Put the crumbled cookies in a medium bowl.  Stir in the shot of Amaretto (just until moistened, you don't want them soggy). Add a dash of cocoa powder. Divide the cookie crumbles into the bottom of 4 glasses.

Divide the mascarpone cream evenly among the 4 glasses. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and shaved dark chocolate. Garnish with a few berries and a sprig of mint. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

The mascarpone cream contains uncooked eggs. Because of the risk of foodborne illness caused by salmonella bacteria that may be present in raw eggs, consumption should be avoided by young children, elderly persons, and persons with weakened immune systems or debilitating illness.
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Mascarpone cream has a rich, smooth texture similar to zabaglione.  Serve it alone as a simple spoon dessert, or add it as a delicate accompaniment to a slice of cake or pie, as in Italian Apple Pie with Mascarpone Cream.  In this parfait recipe it is layered with crumbled cookies but you could also layer it with fruit or Nutella or flavor the cream with another liqueur or extract. 
When making parfaiats, you want a clear mug so that you can see the layers.  Your guests will love the full view of their parfaits, cappuccinos, lattes, and hot chocolates provided by the crystal clear clarity of this glass mug.
Made from glass, this set includes eight dishes and eight stainless steel spoons. The sleek shape of the dishes makes them perfect for any table setting, while the size is perfect for serving parfait, jello, pudding, ice cream, and more.
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