Honey Parfait with Poached Pears & Honeycomb
- 2hrs 30min
This delicious honey parfait recipe comes from our founder Carole Bamford’s new book NURTURE.
FOR THE PARFAIT
75g heather honey (or other floral runny honey)
FOR THE POACHED PEARS
500g caster sugar
FOR THE HONEYCOMB
200g caster sugar
FOR THE LEMON CURD
zest and juice of 4 lemons
To make the parfait, line a terrine or loaf tin, approximately 23 x 9 x 8cm, with clingfilm, leaving some overlapping the sides. Put the honey, caster sugar, egg yolks and lemon juice into a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water and whisk until frothy and thick, about 20 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and set aside to cool. Meanwhile use a hand-held electric whisk to whip the cream to soft peaks. Fold into the cooled mixture with the bee pollen and pour into the lined terrine tin. Fold the overhanging clingfilm over the top and transfer to the freezer.
To poach the pears make a syrup by putting 1 litre water into a large pan with the caster sugar and vanilla pods. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 3 minutes. Add the prepared pears and cover the pan. Poach gently for about 20 minutes; when they are cooked remove with a slotted spoon and leave to cool.
Next make the honeycomb. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Put the caster sugar, honey and golden syrup into a large pan, bring to the boil and allow to bubble for about 10 minutes until lightly golden. Add the bicarbonate of soda – stand back as it will sizzle. Pour onto the lined tray and leave to set until hard enough to snap, about 1–11⁄2 hours.
To make the lemon curd, put all the ingredients into a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and then continue to heat gently for about 20 minutes, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and, if not using immediately, pour into a warm sterilised jar. Keep in the fridge once cool.
Remove the parfait from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving. Turn out and slice, then serve with a poached pear half, a spoon of lemon curd and some shards of honeycomb.
Recipe excerpt from ‘Nurture: Notes and Recipes from Daylesford Farm’ by CAROLE BAMFORD £35. Available HERE or call our Personal Shopping Team 0800 083 1233.
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