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Jarfait. Don’t you just love that name? A great play on words. It’s not my idea. I am not sure who invented the word “jarfait” but parfaits have been around for a coon’s age (I hear that is a long time). It is basically a dish that is layered with various ingredients, which can be sweet or savory. And well, being the jar lover that I am, I am thrilled to build a sweet treat such as this.
You are going to love the this recipe. The cream layer has a luxurious mouth texture that makes my eyes roll back into my head. This is achieved in two ways. Soaking the cashews causes them to swell and soften. This is vital and this step shouldn’t be skipped.
Next, creating the cashew cream a high-powered blender. A good blender can make all the difference. I recommend the Vitamix or Blendtec. Depending on your blender this process can take anywhere from one to five minutes. If you have a standard blender and it is taking several minutes to process it to a smooth cream, be careful that you don’t overheat the “cream”. If it starts to get warm, turn the machine off and allow it to cool before proceeding.
The chia seed layer has a texture that closely resembles tapioca pudding. If this texture is bothersome to your tongue, you can grind the chia seeds to a powder before adding them to the recipe. Chia seeds are packed full of amazing nutrients… I love these little buggers. If you want to learn more about them, please check out my post on Chia Seeds.
You can build a parfait in just about any container, just make sure that it is clear. Being able to view the layers really adds to the fun of this dish. I noted below the volume that each component yields rather than telling you how many treats it will make. That will depend on the dish you use. And truth be told, you don’t have to use a jar. A good ole’ standard bowl does the trick too. :) Plop, it, swirl it, and add some fruit on top. Have fun and enjoy!
Pudding: yields 4 cups
Blackberry “Cream”: yields 2 1/2 cup