Easy to make parfait that combines white chocolate with coconut. Simple, elegant and absolutely scrumptious!
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If you read my blog often you know I have a serious weakness for coconut. I absolutely love the stuff. I cannot get enough of it. It's like my kryptonite. I'd feel bad about it but I'm too busy shoving coconut in my face to care.
One of my biggest weaknesses is Coconut Cream Pie. I keep lots of coconut cream pies in my freezer at all times. That way when life gets busy I can still indulge. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right.
When I've depleted my stockpile I make my own versions of them. I have a serious fondness for easy recipes. Not sure if it's because I find them fun to make, or I'm just a bit lazy about turning on my oven most days.
I was craving a Marie Callender's Cream Pie something awful, so I decided to make my own version. I was going to do a traditional coconut cream pie but my oven already had some cherry pies in it. My life is hard, people. *snorts*
One thing led to another and I was whipping up an easy version in no time. I wanted to mix it up a bit so I decided to add white chocolate to it. I have to say I patted myself on the back for that decision once I took my first bite.
This recipe uses white chocolate pudding mix. I'm all for cooking from scratch when I have time, but I'm also one of those people who will not feel bad about making easy semi-homemade recipes. I'm a busy gal.
This gal has two blogs, two kids, a hubby who works a lot of overtime, 3 kitties, 1 very annoying puppy, 3 very loud birds, and a very demanding Arabian horse. My life is pure chaos most days. And I love every freaking minute of it.
Plus I just feel like life should be judgement-free when it comes to food choices. There is way too much judgement online. Here is my philosophy for what it's worth.
Life is all about choices. Follow your own path and make your own choices based on what works for you, and your family. As Michael Symon would say, "you do you, I'll do me".
Make your easy recipes with pride. I know I do. Some days I cook from scratch, some days I cook semi-homemade and some days I pop in some frozen Marie Callender's and flop in front of the TV. Life is good, don't sweat the small stuff.
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White Chocolate-Coconut Cream Pie Parfaits
For the base:
- 2 cup graham crumbs
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
For the filling:
- 1 package 32 g white chocolate pudding mix
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons coconut extract
- 1 cup flaked coconut
For the base:
- In a medium sized bowl combine the ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Transfer to serving dishes. Press the crust down a bit.
For the filling:
- In a stand mixer (or bowl with a hand mixer) combine the pudding mix and milk, whisk until well combined. Add the heavy cream, coconut extract,and flaked coconut, whisk again until light and fluffy. (you can do the two separate bowl routine but for this recipe it's not really necessary)
- Pour the filling into the serving dishes.
For the topping:
- In a stand mixer combine the heavy cream, granulated sugar, and coconut extract. Mix slowly at first (so you don't splash it all over) then gradually increase the speed to high. Mix until the whipped cream is thick. You can spoon it over top of the filling, or fill pastry bags and pipe it over top so it's a bit prettier.
- Toss the toasted coconut over top. If you don't have toasted coconut it's super easy to do. Lay a thin layer of coconut on a cookie sheet, preheat oven to about 300 degrees F, pop the coconut in there and cook (stir often) for about 5 to 8 minutes. I like mine dark so it's super nutty but you can toast yours for less time. It's all about personal preference.
- Pop these bad boys in the fridge to set up for about an hour, or even overnight. Whatever works for you.
- Serve with a big old white chocolate and coconut loving smile!
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Both of my grandfathers served in the military. I am proud of both of them for that, they were very brave men. Serving your country is an honourable thing, not something to be taken lightly. Our military should be held in high regard.
When my daughter announced her desire to join the military I was not surprised in the least. Mini-me wants to be a police officer, so it seemed like a natural thing to sign up for the military. While part of me is terrified for her, I am extremely proud of her for her choices in life. She is an amazing force of nature. I'm lucky to be her mom.
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Thanks for tuning in today. Now go whip up some of these gorgeous and super easy parfaits. Then invite me over to help gobble them up.
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