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Blueberry Pie Parfaits with White Chocolate Lemon Cream

Recipe bygte615e

For the streusel:
3 oz. (2/3 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. rolled oats (such as Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, not instant or quick-cooking)
3 oz. (6 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 oz. (scant 1/2 cup) slivered almonds
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
For the cream:
4-1/2 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1-1/2 tsp. grated and finely chopped lemon zest plus 1/2 tsp. juice (from 1 medium lemon)
Pinch kosher salt
For the filling:
4 cups (1-1/4 lb.) fresh blueberries
6 Tbs. granulated sugar
4 tsp. cornstarch
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch kosher salt
1/2 oz. (1 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Make the streusel:
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 325°F.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, oats, butter, almonds, sugars, thyme, and salt on medium speed until the ingredients are evenly dispersed and some of the pieces of streusel are the size of hazelnuts. Transfer the streusel to a large rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring every 5 to 6 minutes, until light golden-brown, about 20 minutes. Let the streusel cool completely before using.

Make the cream:
Put 3 oz. of the white chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring 1/2 cup of the cream and the lemon zest to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; pour over the chocolate. Let sit for a few minutes, then whisk until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice and salt, cover the bowl tightly, and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

Add the remaining 1/2 cup cream to the chilled mixture and beat with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate in a airtight container until ready to use.

Make the filling:
Put the blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt in 12-inch heavy-duty skillet over medium heat. Using a potato masher or a silicone spatula, break up some of the blueberries to release their juice and cook, stirring often, until the mixture begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Once the mixture comes to a boil, stir constantly, reducing the heat to maintain a steady simmer, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and lemon juice until melted. Let the filling cool until warm.

Assemble the parfaits:
Put 1 Tbs. of the streusel in the bottom of each of six 10-oz. parfait glasses. Divide half of the warm filling among them and scatter each with about 2 Tbs. streusel. Divide the remaining filling among the glasses and top with the remaining streusel. Dollop each with the white chocolate cream (about 2 Tbs. per parfait), sprinkle with the remaining chopped white chocolate, and serve.

make ahead tips

You can make the streusel up to 3 days ahead and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
You can make the white chocolate cream up to 2 days ahead and refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use. Re-whip to stiff peaks, if necessary, before using.
The filling is best used warm on the day you make it, but you can refrigerate it for up to 2 days in an airtight container with plastic wrap pressed directly onto its surface. Gently reheat the filling in a small saucepan before assembly; you may need to add a bit of water to loosen it.
nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 670; Fat (g): 38; Fat Calories (kcal): 340; Saturated Fat (g): 22; Protein (g): 7; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12; Carbohydrates (g): 78; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Sodium (mg): 115; Cholesterol (mg): 90; Fiber (g): 4;
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 117 , pp. 80-85



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