Both an ode and a farewell to Christmas and all the oranges and clementines you will have eaten. This dessert will definitely put a smile on your face; the emotive combination of familiarity and nostalgia is even greater when mixed with sugar, dairy and alcohol, as here! You will, of course, have a pack of mince pies left from Christmas, or you may pick some up on special offer (alternatively substitute the mince pies with 250gr carrot cake or gingerbread). This recipe looks a bit more “cheffy” than the usual homework I give you, but to make the parfait, you only really need a beater and 3 mixing bowls. A great combination of hot, cold, sweet and sharp, homely but refined. Enjoy!
Mince pie parfait
4 Egg yolks
40g Marsala, Madeira or Whiskey
80g Runny honey
4 Mince pies, crumbled
2 Oranges, zest of, grated
750g Whipping cream
4 Egg whites
Hot orange & passion fruit salad
1/2 tsp Corn flour
2 tbsp Water
2 Passion fruit, halved and scooped
1 tsp Sugar
Mince pie parfait
- Beat the egg yolks and whiskey for 3 mins. Bring the honey to a boil then gradually pour in the honey and keep whisking until thick and voluminous.
- Fold in the mince pie and orange zest.
- Whip the cream to medium peaks, then fold into the mince pie & sabayon mix.
- Beat the whites and powder to soft peaks, then gradually add the sugar and beat until firm but not over whipped, about 1 more minute
- Fold the meringue into the mix, then transfer to loaf tin and freeze overnight or at least 8 hours.
Orange & passion fruit salad / Assemble
- Dip the loaf tin into a roasting tin of hot water from a kettle and turn out to un-mould. Cut slices and serve onto plates. Alternatively, scoop out balls or rustic scoops into bowls. Do this before you make the sauce to give it time to soften slightly.
- Segment the oranges and squeeze the juice from the membrane into a pan.
- Dissolve the corn flour into the water and add to the juice and bring to a boil to thicken.
- Remove from the heat and mix in the passion fruit and oranges. Check if it needs a pinch of sugar. It should be quite sharp. It may need a flash more heat as the fruit will cool it down. Don’t cook for long or the segments will soften and lose their freshness.- Spoon the hot fruit and sauce over the top to enjoy the hot/cold contrast.