The Delicious Vanilla Parfait

In my family, we have a thing with cream. We just love to use it. In food, in drinks – and in desserts such as this classic. 

What’s special about parfait, is that the ingredients are not heated up before freezing, and that you whip the cream, instead of just stirring some ice mix together. The latter is really important. It keeps the parfait from getting too heavy – which is the reason it’s easy to make a parfait even without an ice-machine. 

Because you don’t have to tinker with heating the ice mixture up, then cooling it down again before freezing the ice, making a parfait is also really fast, unless you count the tedious 4 – 5 hours it takes for the parfait to freeze.

Now, Without further ado, here’s the recipe:

Vanilla parfait

Vanilla parfait – CC0 Image by unserekleinemaus / Pixabay


5-6 egg yolks

100 grams of sugar

½ a liter of cream

1 vanilla pod (or vanilla essence, but this just tastes better with real vanilla.)


  1. Open the vanilla pod and scrape it for the seeds. Then beat together the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla seeds. Continue until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Whip the cream stiff.
  3. Fold the cream and yolk mixture together as carefully as possible. It is important that you don’t beat the air out of the whipped cream.
  4. Put the whole thing in a freezeable box, with a volume of 800 ml.
  5. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or over the night. In the first 2 hours, you want to stir carefully in the mixture a couple of times, so the ice crystals doesn’t get too big.
  6. Take the parfait out of the freezer ten minutes before serving, or it is going to be far too hard to eat.

When I say we make this parfait a lot in my family – I’m only telling half the truth. This was the base recipe, and while it’s good in itself, it just makes you want to tinker with all kinds of flavors and ingredients. Now its time to spice it up.

My personal favorite is to mix grated dark chocolate in the parfait, it just tastes amazing. But really, anything goes. For a variety more appealing to children, try with smarties or gummi bears. Marzipan or nougat pieces gives their own distinctive and wonderful flavors. To freshen it up, use some raspberries or strawberries.

If you come up with a really good variety I hope to hear it in the comments – now I will just go on to eating my own parfait with grated dark chocolate.

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