Chocolate-Cranberry Parfaits

Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Cindy DiPrima

The cranberry steeping liquid clings to the berries and helps the sugar adhere for a sparkling, jewel-like effect. You can use the liquid (which is drained from the cranberries) in cocktails or over ice cream. If you can't find mascarpone cheese, use regular cream cheese.

Yield: 8 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 286
  • Fat: 11.7g
  • Saturated fat: 6.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 5.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 41.9g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 71mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Sodium: 121mg
  • Calcium: 121mg

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sparkling white sugar or turbinado sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free milk, divided
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

Preparation

  1. 1. Combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. Combine the sugar syrup and cranberries in a small bowl. Cover and chill for 4 hours.
  2. 2. Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid for another use, if desired. Place sparkling sugar in a shallow dish. Add cranberries, rolling to coat. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.
  3. 3. Combine remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well. Combine 1/2 cup milk and egg yolks in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Heat remaining 2 cups milk in a medium heavy saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Stir egg yolk mixture into cornstarch mixture. Gradually add half of hot milk to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add egg yolk mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts. Spoon pudding into a bowl; place bowl in a large ice-filled bowl for 15 minutes or until pudding cools, stirring occasionally. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap; chill 20 minutes.
  4. 4. Combine whipped topping and mascarpone in a bowl, stirring until well blended. Spoon about 1/3 cup pudding into each of 8 bowls or footed glasses; top each serving with about 3 tablespoons mascarpone mixture and about 2 tablespoons cranberries.
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