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Chocolate Liliko'i Parfaits

Time: 1 hour, plus chilling time. Liliko'i (as the Hawaiians call passion fruit) is extremely tart. It tastes wonderful with sweet, rich brownies—decadent but surprisingly refreshing.

Sunset JUNE 2009

  • Yield: Serves 12


  • 3/4 cup passion fruit purée*
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 pounds brownies*, cut into about 60 cubes (3/4-in.)
  • Chocolate sauce*


1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat passion fruit purée and butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until simmering. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar and yolks together to form a paste. Slowly add hot liquid, whisking constantly, until combined. Pour mixture into pan and cook, whisking constantly, until it just reaches a simmer around the edges, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a glass or ceramic bowl, cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed against the curd's surface to prevent a skin from forming, and chill until cold and firm, about 1 1/2 hours.

2. Using an electric mixer, whisk cream until soft peaks form. Whisk in one-third of the cold curd; then, using a rubber spatula, fold in the remaining curd. Put 3 or 4 brownie chunks into the bottom of an 8-oz. juice glass or other serving dish of similar size. Top brownies with about 1/4 cup passion fruit cream, another 3 or 4 brownie chunks, then another 1/4 cup cream. Repeat with 11 more glasses. Chill until ready to serve.

3. Heat chocolate sauce in microwave until it is warm and easily drizzles off the back of a spoon. Spoon about 1 tbsp. chocolate sauce over each parfait and serve.

*Find passion fruit purée in the freezer section of most well-stocked grocery stores. You can either buy the brownies and chocolate sauce or make them yourself (see sunset.com for recipes).

Make ahead: You can make the passion fruit cream and assemble the parfaits 1 day ahead. Add chocolate sauce at the last minute.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 713
  • Calories from fat: 54%
  • Protein: 8.4g
  • Fat: 43g
  • Saturated fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrate: 79g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Cholesterol: 297mg

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Chocolate Liliko'i Parfaits recipe