Recipe: Strawberry Siam parfaits

Recipe: Strawberry Siam parfaits
Chavez, Carlos –– – Studio day for German Chocolate Cake recipes. wine of the week and cook stuff. Strawberry Siam Parfaits (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

Total time:

45 minutes





Adapted from "Desserts by the Yard." Yard prefers Chaokoh brand coconut milk.

1 (13 1/2 -ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk

1 1/2 pounds strawberries

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided

2 tablespoons Grand Marnier

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1 cup heavy cream

1. In a medium heavy-bottom saucepan,

bring the coconut milk to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to a strong simmer and cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan frequently, until the mixture is reduced to one-half cup. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl, and refrigerate until cold (or chill in an ice bath).


2. Set aside 8 small berries

for garnishing. Hull the remaining strawberries and cut in half if small or into quarters if large. In a medium bowl, toss the cut strawberries with the one-fourth cup sugar, Grand Marnier, lemon zest, orange zest and orange juice. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. Drain off the juice and reserve it. You should have about one-half cup juice.

3. To the chilled coconut milk,

add the heavy cream and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and whip to medium peaks. Refrigerate.

4. Just before serving,

distribute the reserved juice from the strawberries among eight martini glasses or serving bowls. Combine three-quarters of the cut strawberries with the whipped coconut cream and fold together. Divide the mixture among the glasses or bowls, spooning it in a layer over the strawberry juice. Top with the remaining cut strawberries, then garnish each with one of the small whole strawberries. Serve immediately.

Each serving:

269 calories; 2 grams protein; 19 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 22 grams fat; 16 grams saturated fat; 40 mg. cholesterol; 19 mg. sodium.