Recipe: Chilled White Chocolate and Rhubarb Compote Parfaits

Makes 6 parfaits


7 ounces high quality white chocolate, chopped (choose only a white chocolate that is made with cocoa butter)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 egg yolks

3 cups whole milk

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cups chopped rhubarb (I cut mine into 1/4-inch chunks)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

To make the pudding:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate into a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place the sugar, cornstarch, salt and yolks into a medium sauce pan and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the milk and heat over a medium flame, stirring constantly. 
  3. Bring the milk mixture to a gentle boil, and cook at this temperature for one minute, stirring constantly.  
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and immediate scrape the custard over the chopped white chocolate. Allow to sit for a minute or two, then stir until the chocolate is melted and the pudding is perfectly smooth. Stir in the butter until is is completely incorporated. 
  5. Cover the bowl by pressing plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the warm pudding. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. 
  6. For the compote, place the rhubarb, 3/4 cup sugar, and lemon juice into a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until the rhubarb is perfectly tender, about 10 minutes. Scrape the compote into a clean bowl, cover, and chill.  
  7. To finish the parfaits, place a dollop of pudding into the bottom of a parfait glass (or wine glass, or whatever you have). Follow with a spoonful of rhubarb compote. Spread each layer so that it completely covers the layer beneath it. Next, the pudding. Then the rhubarb. Finish with the pudding. Grate a little nutmeg over the top (or sprinkle with cinnamon) and serve with a long-handled spoon.

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