Amazingly sweet and flavourful, despite having no added sugar at all, this parfait has a tantalizing mix of textures and an after-effect that’s the complete opposite of chocolate guilt. Chunks of mango and whole pistachios are layered with orange blossom Greek yogurt.
By Ruby Rasa
This romantic dessert truly lives up to its name: parfait, meaning ‘perfect’ in French. This will leave you feeling fresh and energized and ready to enjoy the rest of your lives together. Or at least the night… What better way to say ‘I love you’ than that?
Chunks of mango and whole pistachios are layered with an orange blossom water-scented Greek-style yogurt (or a soft lebneh) and topped with fresh pomegranate. You can, of course, mix it up and throw in whatever you have on hand. If you need it sweeter, mix a little honey in with the yogurt, or just drizzle a bit on top. And don’t think this is just for dessert – it makes a gorgeous breakfast too!
- 1½ cups (375 ml) Greek-style yogurt
- 1 tsp orange blossom water (optional)
- 1 mango, diced
- 2 handfuls pistachios, shelled
- 2 handfuls pomegranate seeds (about ¼ of a pomegranate)
- Mix the orange blossom water with the yogurt and return to the fridge to chill while you prepare the other ingredients.
- To dice the mango, cut the sides off, lengthwise along the seed, then score each side without piercing the skin. Flip each half ‘inside-out’ (as pictured above), then cut each chunk off at the base.
- Divide the mango between two dessert bowls (or martini glasses).
- Add a few spoonfuls of the yogurt mix, spreading evenly to cover the mango.
- Divide the pistachios between the dishes, trying to keep as many close to the edge as possible (for visual effect).
- Top with remaining yogurt and then decorate with pomegranate seeds. (To get the hearts, I placed a heart-shaped cookie-cutter on the yogurt and dropped the seeds into it.)
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill until you’re ready to enjoy. I wouldn’t recommend leaving it longer than a few hours, as the orange blossom water will separate and the pistachios will go a bit soft.
Curious about her British mother's seemingly bizarre love of cheese & onion sandwiches, Ruby moved to England and discovered an island full of people eating them. She now lives among them, works as a freelance writer and photographer and yes, occasionally enjoys a good cheese & onion.