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Raspberry Parfait Lollipops And The Little Big Things In Life

Raspberry Parfait Lollipops

The little big things in life…Let me start by a very little thing: fresh tasty raspberries in late October. I had stopped at the restaurant last week to say "hi" to the old crew when Crazy D and Nazi K (the appropriately nicknamed line chefs) emerged from the kitchen with a small crate of raspberries. "For you!" they exclaimed at the same time. I was quite surprised as we have spent 6 years in crammed quarters together, sweating, cursing (yes, I know how to!), loving and hating each other at the same time. To see them bearing gift, you can guess that I was expected a prank or something worse. To my surprise the berries were juicy, sweet and tasty. "Where did you get these? They are so good!". I got the usual "Fell off the back of a truck" answer. We would say that anytime we’d get something we were not supposed to. Hmmm the little things in life…don’t ask, just do!

I contemplated for a day or two what I was going to do with this unexpected summer extension. In spite of a couple days when we wore long sleeves, it’s been perfectly sunny and warm around here, the perfect backdrop to a little frozen treat. I opted for frozen parfaits, perfectly rich and at the same time light and creamy with whole raspberries in them. The base of the parfait is a simple mousse made with a pate a bombe, aerated with whipped cream. Pate a bombe is one of those kitchen techniques that make your life much easier when making mousses, not to mention incredibly creamier.

The yolks are beaten with a sugar syrup that has been brought to 238F. When it’s just us, I use both whipped egg whites and whipped cream to finish the mousse, but in the process of calming raw egg worriers I am usually cooking for, I use only whipped cream and save the whites for meringue buttercreams or macarons. The result is of course a tad richer but I am far from being the last to turn one away. Come to mama, you little creamy thing!

Frozen Raspberry Parfait Lollipops

If Lisa lived here, I would absolutely serve these at her bridal shower but she does not and she already had it…so I am going to have to eat them all by myself. Why am I mentioning Lisa and her upcoming nuptials? Again, one of those little things in life that turns into a big thing. When I first started blogging, Lisa was one of the first to leave comments and support and one thing leading to the next we became virtual friends outside of the blog. Those friendship can become quite strong even through emails and online chats and there are a handfull of bloggers I communicate with on a daily basis. I had the chance to actually visit Lisa twice, sealing the bond that we formed online.

This coming Wednesday, I am boarding a plane for Lisa’s house where for the next few days I will be, along with Kelly from Sass And Veracity, friends and family, helping her prepare her wedding party food, be one of her bridesmaids and last small thing, make her wedding cake. Now, I am getting nervous… Before I leave though, I have another macaron baking marathon with Kim today and Tuesday, so if you thought I was the ghost commenter before, visiting your blogs less and less regularly, I am afraid I will be most absent this week and I apologize for it. But I feel blessed that I’ll be able to share this big adventure with Lisa and W. turning one early morning comment over two years ago into one of the most meaningful relationships of my life.

Yes, those little Frozen Raspberry Parfait Lollipops are perfect to wish them both "Congratulations!".

Raspberry Parfait Lollipops

Frozen Raspberry Parfait Lollipops:

Makes 8-10 depending on your molds.

Kitchen Note: I used disposable bath Dixie cups to pour the mousse into but you can use any small ramequins, glasses, silicone molds, etc…

1 1/4 cups (300 ml) heavy cream
6 egg yolks
5 Tablespoons (100gr water)
1/2 cup (100 gr) sugar
1 3/4 cups (220 gr) fresh raspberries

In the bowl of a stand mixer equipped with the whisk attachment or hand held one with balloon whisks, beat the cream until it just holds soft peaks. Chill while you prepare the base of the frozen parfait. Wash your bowl and whisk attachment.
In a heavy saucepan, stir together the water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Since you are not making caramel, it is ok to stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Let it boil and bring the mixture to 238°F on thermometer (soft-ball stage).
In the clean bowl of your mixer, still using the whisk attachment, beat the yolks slightly to break them up. Increase the speed to medium high and slowly pour the hot syrup over the yolks. Go fast enough to prevent the eggs from scrambling but not so fast that you end up with most of the syrup on the wall of the bowl or the whisk. Continue to whip until the mass is completely cold and airy.
Fold about one third of the pate a bombe base into the chilled whipped cream to loosen it up and make it easier to incorporate homogeneously. Fold in the remaining pate a bombe. Add the raspberries and give the batter one last quick fold. Divide mixture evenly among cups, glasses or silicone molds, place a lollipop stick in the middle and freeze until firm.

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Jo November 3, 2008 um 7:48 am

These look really delicious and the pictures are amazing. How I wish I could buy equally delicious and sweet raspberries here in Singapore.

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 7:56 am

Wow ! Un gâteau de mariage : grosse pression, mais tellement de joie et de fierté ! Bon courage et ne t’inquiètes pas pour ton absence, il y a à lire dans tes archives !!

Marija November 3, 2008 um 8:21 am

Oh Helen, you and your little bows! I feel so nice after reading your posts. You should publish everyday 🙂

Rosa's Yummy Yums November 3, 2008 um 10:03 am

Such delicate and pretty parfait! Delightful!



Mercotte November 3, 2008 um 10:40 am

C’est très beau avec la glace qui fond doucement et ces petits nœuds bleus, je fonds moi aussi !

Cannelle Et Vanille November 3, 2008 um 11:16 am

What a great way to congratulate Lisa on her big day. She is so lucky to have you as friend attending and helping out with all prep. I can’t wait to see the photos. These are gorgeous!

Rachel November 3, 2008 um 11:42 am

yo were lucky to have got that crate of raspberries and I am lucky to see the gorgoeus result 🙂

Unknown November 3, 2008 um 11:45 am

Awesome and lovely name too.I am getting tempted.

Manggy November 3, 2008 um 12:35 pm

Aw, thanks for visiting my site despite your hectic schedule 🙂 Good luck with the CAKE! Arrh! I’m so excited for you!
Thanks also for sharing the pate a bombe technique– I haven’t tried it yet! The pops look refreshing and delicious! 🙂

LizNoVeggieGirl November 3, 2008 um 12:58 pm

The "little big things" are what make life so grand!! :0)

Lovely treats, as always.

Bridget November 3, 2008 um 1:14 pm

These look so sweet! 🙂

Bridget November 3, 2008 um 1:14 pm

These look so sweet! 🙂

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 1:32 pm

Fantastic! I could use one of those right now!

Inne November 3, 2008 um 1:50 pm

Fresh raspberries and frozen treats in November – lucky you! Here it’s soup and stews and wintercoats.

Good luck with the wedding food and cake, and hope you have a wonderful time there with Lisa.

RecipeGirl November 3, 2008 um 1:52 pm

So cute! It has been warm enough in my neck of the woods to make frozen treats as well.

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 2:06 pm

i love the unexpected little gifts..for some reason they don’t feel little at all. these look great helen.

ChichaJo November 3, 2008 um 2:20 pm

What a lovely gift! I love those unexpected surprises 🙂 Good luck on the wedding cake! Enjoy the wedding!

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 2:44 pm

Can’t wait to see the wedding cake 🙂

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 2:53 pm

These are so cute,along with the others I can’t wait to see the cake. As for marathon macaron baking, I have my sneakers on and am ready to go.

• friX • November 3, 2008 um 3:09 pm

Looking beautiful, once again …

Snooky doodle November 3, 2008 um 3:30 pm

these lollipops look so creamy and delicious. Its really nice to make friens by blogging. Wish i lived nearby some of my blog friends but pity i live so far away. I would enjoy baking some cakes with some friends sometime 🙂 anyway have a nice trip and enjoy

Karolina Beaudet November 3, 2008 um 3:49 pm

They look so yummy!!! Both your pictures and creations are always SO beautiful!!!

Brilynn November 3, 2008 um 4:35 pm

I picked 6 raspberries from my raspberry bushes yesterday. This little spell of warm weather has brought a few of them on again!

Patricia Scarpin November 3, 2008 um 4:45 pm

She couldn’t have chosen a more talented, kind and generous bridesmaid. I’m sure you’ll bake her a fabulous cake, sweetie!

Deeba PAB November 3, 2008 um 4:47 pm

Love your finishing touches…bows & all! Am sure you are all going to do an unbelievable job at the wedding! Creativity & perfection…add friends to it, & you have it all set! Have a great trip. Kellypea is a sweetheart…& all the best to the to be wed couple. Can't wait to see pictures of the 'last small thing'…LOL!!

Susan from Food Blogga November 3, 2008 um 5:10 pm

You’re making the wedding cake? I can only imagine how magnificent it will be. Have a great trip, Helen!

raining sheep November 3, 2008 um 5:16 pm

Those look sooo yummy as do your photos. Can’t believe you found such nice berries in October.

Botacook November 3, 2008 um 5:27 pm

ça me tente bien, cette gourmandise aux parfums d’été 😉

Babeth November 3, 2008 um 5:39 pm

Tres cute 😉

cindy* November 3, 2008 um 5:55 pm

what a wonderful surprise! have a great time at the wedding.

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 6:22 pm

Such cute lollipops–love the ribbon flourish!

Have a wonderful time at the wedding. Like everyone else, I can’t wait to see the cake!!

Maria November 3, 2008 um 6:49 pm

The pops are adorable!! Have fun at the wedding. I am sure the cake will be gorgeous!

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 7:17 pm

oh my goodness these are sooo adorable! you’re the cutest!

La Cuisine d'Helene November 3, 2008 um 7:17 pm

You said: parfait lollipops, I say: parfait photo. Beautiful!

Mallory Elise November 3, 2008 um 7:34 pm

lollipop lollipop whoa lolli lollipop! la la la! je chante bien non?

Cakebrain November 3, 2008 um 8:13 pm

your frozen parfait lollipops are scrumptious-looking! The colours just pop out and scream summer! that’s so important as I look out and see a constant drizzle of rain and red and yellow leaves carpeting the ground!

The Italian Dish November 3, 2008 um 8:14 pm

Once again, I can’t believe what a gorgeous dessert you’ve made. Stunning.

Emily Rose November 3, 2008 um 8:40 pm

what a great story! I would be so excited to have you make my wedding cake! Please take lots of pictures of the cake! The raspberry parfaits look divine- it is still warm here too, so summer treats are still very much welcome!

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 9:07 pm

I can’t wait to see the end results! I’m sure that wedding cake is going to look fantastic! Good luck with your massive macaron bake-off!

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 9:08 pm

and ofcourse this raspberry ice cream pops look delish!

MyKitchenInHalfCups November 3, 2008 um 9:12 pm

Love the raspberries and the resulting parfait – BUT – I can wait to get the stories from the wedding!!

Clumbsy Cookie November 3, 2008 um 9:34 pm

3 things I love in one cute dessert; lolipops, raspberries and parfait! I’m happy!

Lori November 3, 2008 um 9:40 pm

Hmmm, could those raspberries kindly fall off the truck over this way. And while they are falling can those ice pops fall off the ice cream truck over here as well. SLurp! Hmmm. Sorry I was using my imagination there.

Anonymous November 3, 2008 um 9:45 pm

Wow…these look so cute…:=)

Where could I get those wooden sticks? Somewhere in Europe possibly?

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Ash November 4, 2008 um 12:54 am

gorgeous!! and soo cute! I love raspberries

My Sweet & Saucy November 4, 2008 um 12:56 am

Love the look of these! They are so dainty and cute!

Zoe Francois November 4, 2008 um 1:37 am

So adorable and decadent!

Christy November 4, 2008 um 1:50 am

Wow..a macaron baking marathon AND a wedding cake!! How do you fit it all in? I’m sure needing only 4-5 hours of sleep helps…ahhh I’m so envious!!

Lucky you for getting raspberries so late in the year up there!! The lollipops look lovely!

Simone November 4, 2008 um 1:50 am

Ohhhh… those look absolutely adorable!! Thanks for your super nice comment (the book is going well – so far…). Will keep you posted!

Manger La Ville November 4, 2008 um 1:52 am

This looks so good…I love creamy pops. YUMMY – can’t wait to make them.

Kitchen M November 4, 2008 um 4:24 am

That’s so neat! Have a great time at her wedding and enjoy making the wedding cake!
Would love to see some of your beautiful wedding creations when you get back!

Anonymous November 4, 2008 um 4:28 am

I could eat of 5 of those right now. In fact I’m going to have to go dig out a tub of frozen raspberry puree and vanilla ice cream to sate this craving you’ve created. These look fantastic! Good luck with the wedding cake (I’m sure it will look AND taste amazing)!

Helene November 4, 2008 um 4:29 am

Ana: wish I could help regarding the lollipop sticks but I recycled them from popsicle that we ate this summer.

That Girl November 4, 2008 um 5:15 am

The lime popsicle I just finished doesn’t seem nearly as tasty anymore.

Anonymous November 4, 2008 um 6:13 am

what a fun treat to make, give, and get! lovely photos 🙂

Peabody November 4, 2008 um 9:38 am

The pops would have been perfect for a bridal shower.
Have a FABULOUS time. I already told Kelly but I will tell you too, give Lis a BIG hug for me.

Aimée November 4, 2008 um 12:38 pm

For a second I thought it was summer again and I forgot all about the howling winds outside. Thanks Helen, these are sweet.

please sir November 4, 2008 um 4:31 pm

YUM YUM these look sooo good!

TeaLady November 4, 2008 um 9:39 pm

Your recipes and photos are fantastic. It site is fast becoming one of my favorites.

LyB November 5, 2008 um 2:06 am

Have a great trip Helen! You will have so much fun making that wedding cake! Just be sure to take a few pics of the process for us, ok? 🙂

Half Baked November 5, 2008 um 2:45 am

Lisa is a lucky girl to have you and Kelly making food for her wedding Have a great trip! I can’t wait to see the pictures, especially the cake!

Mrs.French November 5, 2008 um 6:40 am

yum and those ribbons are pure sweetness…amazing my dear! xo

Bonbon Oiseau November 5, 2008 um 1:29 pm

how very patriotic and a very wonderful little big thing!

Deborah November 5, 2008 um 5:07 pm

How cute these are! Have fun at the wedding and good luck on the cake – I’m sure it will be pure genius since you are doing it!

Anonymous November 5, 2008 um 7:28 pm

Oh Héléne, tes loli…sont d’amour et c’est vrai que cela rappelle une belle enfance..En plus tes photos donnent envie d’y mordre et de fondre de gourmandise…Je vais te mettre dans mes liens du monde…c’est divin la promenade…à bientôt.

Anonymous November 5, 2008 um 7:28 pm

Oh Héléne, tes loli…sont d’amour et c’est vrai que cela rappelle une belle enfance..En plus tes photos donnent envie d’y mordre et de fondre de gourmandise…Je vais te mettre dans mes liens du monde…c’est divin la promenade…à bientôt.

Camille November 6, 2008 um 2:53 am

The little big things are often the best. These are lollipops are adorable.

Pea and Pear November 9, 2008 um 4:22 am

Oooh, I wish I had some "fallen off the back of a truck" raspberries!

Alas I shall have to stick with the purchased variety (never quite as tasty ;)) because I will be making these delights for sure!!!!!

Thanks Helen.

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