Chocolate Parfait with Drunken Cherries

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The combination of chocolate and cherries in this rich, creamy dessert is explosively delicious. It is ideal for serving at a dinner party, as it can be made 24 hours in advance. Entertaining does not get any easier than this


  • 2 cups frozen or fresh pitted cherries (not canned)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. dark rum
  • 2 tsp. tapioca starch
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or 8 oz. chocolate broken down into pieces (preferably 80% cocoa)
  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • NOTE: Not all chocolate chips or chocolates are gluten free
  • Instructions

  • Add cherries into a small saucepan
  • Whisk together water, maple syrup, rum, tapioca starch and cinnamon and pour over the cherries. Cook over medium heat or until sauce thickens about 4 – 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool completely
  • Place chocolate and butter in a heat-safe bowl and place over boiling water until melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and then cool
  • In a medium bowl add the balance of whipping cream, and whip until soft peaks form. Spoon 2 tablespoons of whipped cream to each of the 4 parfait glasses
  • Slowly fold in chocolate mixture to the remainder of the whipped cream until you can't see white anymore, do not over mix
  • Spoon equally chocolate cream over the whipped cream and top with chilled cherry sauce
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours or until parfait is set
  • NOTE: I have divided this dessert into 4 servings, but it can easily make 6- 8 servings by making smaller portions

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