Saturday, August 29, 2009

Amaretto-Scented Pear Parfaits with Gingersnaps

Earlier this month I made apple parfaits for dessert. Here is a parfait that uses pear instead.

In a bowl, combine 1 and 1/2 cup peeled and chopped bosc pear (about 2 small ones), with 1 and 1/2 teaspoons raw sugar and 2 teaspoons amaretto (such as Disaronno, which is vegan according to the company). Cover and chill for at least one hour.

Make 1/2 cup of gingersnap cookie crumbles - an easy method is to place the cookies in a plastic zip-top back and crush with a rolling pin. I used the gingersnaps from Mi-Del (

To assemble the parfaits, sprinkle 1 tablespoon gingersnap crumbs in the bottom of 4 (8-ounce) glasses. Top the gingersnap crumbs with 3 tablespoons of pear mixture, then 3 tablespoons of vanilla soy ice cream (such as Turtle Mountain's fruit-sweetened Vanilla) per glass. Repeat the layers in each glass. Sprinkle the top of each parfait with 1 tablespoon sliced almonds - toast the almonds first, if you like.

Each parfait is 240 calories.

bosc pear $1.89
amaretto $3.50 (I bought the smallest bottle!)
gingersnaps $3.49
vanilla soy ice cream $4.19

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance