Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham 
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 20 Mins
Makes 8 servings

Cardamom spice gives this silky custard its holiday flavor. Use any berry you wish, adjusting the sugar in the mixture to taste.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle gelatin over milk in a saucepan; let stand 5 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, place 3 raspberries in each of 8 (6-oz.) parfait glasses or jars. Mash together 3 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, remaining raspberries, and, if desired, cardamom in a medium bowl. Spoon 1 Tbsp. mashed raspberry mixture into each parfait glass. Reserve remaining berry mixture.

Step 3

Stir 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla, and salt into milk mixture in saucepan, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves and milk begins to steam. Remove from heat; stir in cream. Pour milk mixture over raspberries in parfait glasses (about 1/2 cup per glass). Chill 2 hours or until firm. Top parfaits with reserved mashed raspberry mixture just before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

frozen's Review

December 25, 2013
I made this for Christmas dinner and it was way too firm. I triple checked the ingredients when making it and I made it exactly as directed. My five year old called it floppy eggs. It was embarrassing serving such a horrible dessert for my guests and I am usually known for my amazing and special desserts. I will never make this again!!!! YUCK!!!