Left to Right: Amaretto Custard Berry Parfaits, Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits, Blueberry Cheesecake Parfait, Easy Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

November 25th is National Parfait Day

Parfait (/pɑːrˈfeɪ/, also UK: /ˈpɑːrfeɪ/, French: [paʁfɛ]; meaning "perfect") describes two types of dessert. In France, where the dish originated, parfait is made by boiling cream, egg, sugar and syrup to create a custard-like puree which is sometimes served in a parfait glass. The American version includes more ingredients like granola, nuts, yogurt and liqueurs made in combination with a topping of fruits or whipped cream that are layered and served in a tall glass. The oldest known recipe dates back to 1892.

In the United States, parfait refers to either the traditional French-style dessert or to a popular variant, the American parfait, made by layering parfait cream, ice cream, and/or fruit, usually in a tall clear glass, but can be in a short and stubby glass. The clear glass displays the layers of the dessert. The topping is created with whipped cream, fresh or canned fruit, and/or liqueurs.

Recent trends in the United States and Canada have introduced parfaits without cream or liqueurs. These are made by simply layering yogurt with granola, nuts, and/or fresh fruits (such as peaches, strawberries, or blueberries). This version is sometimes called a yogurt parfait or fruit parfait. Those who abstain from meat, eggs and dairy for reasons of health, animal rights, environment etc. prefer vegan parfaits.

What will you be celebrating? How will you do it?