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Mastic parfait with pistachio, strawberry and rose

You'll need

270 ml milk 8 gm mastic, finely crushed (see note) 12 egg yolks 270 gm caster sugar 660 gm mascarpone, gently whisked to soften 270 ml pouring cream, whisked to soft peaks 325 gm strawberries (about 1½ punnets), trimmed and quartered To serve: pistachio kernels, coarsely chopped   Rose syrup 250 gm strawberries (about 1 punnet), trimmed and quartered 150 gm caster sugar 3 tsp rosewater


  • 01
  • Combine milk and mastic in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to just below the boil, remove from heat and set aside to infuse (10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Whisk yolks and sugar in a large heatproof bowl until thick and pale (3-4 minutes). Strain milk mixture over egg mixture then whisk over a saucepan of simmering water until mixture is thick and holds a ribbon (8-10 minutes). Remove from heat, transfer to an electric mixer and whisk to room temperature (4-5 minutes). Gently fold through one-third of mascarpone, then remaining mascarpone. Fold through cream, spoon into a 7cm x 20cm loaf tin lined with plastic wrap, smooth top and freeze until firm (6 hours-overnight).
  • 03
  • For rose syrup, combine strawberries, sugar and 225ml water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir occasionally until a light syrup forms (10-12 minutes). Remove from heat, stir through rosewater, strain through a fine sieve (discard solids) and set aside.
  • 04
  • Dip tin in hot water to loosen parfait, turn out onto a board, remove plastic wrap and thickly slice with a hot knife. Serve immediately with strawberries, pistachios and rose syrup.
Note Mastic, a plant resin, is available from Greek and other select delicatessens, and online from Herbie’s Spices.

This recipe is from the September 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people

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