Every summer I get really into cooking and having dinner parties on my deck. For one, the restaurants are busy and crowded, so going out is more of a hassle. Two, I planted herbs all over my deck so it feels like a little garden oasis out there. And three, there is just so much access to fresh ingredients that it is hard not to want to take advantage of that and cook.
So, needless to say, I am on a cooking streak right now. Over the holiday weekend I made lobster rolls (delicious), a spicy corn relish, a mint and freshly-shelled pea salad, some really good pasta salad, boozy watermelon popsicles, homemade pesto and more.
A while back I made a pink lemonade margarita for a party, but thought it was too sweet to share the recipe. There have been many other dinners and dishes, but the one I am choosing to share stands out. Not only does this chocolate pudding parfait taste incredible, it looks impressive, too.
There is nothing particularly difficult about making this dish, but it does take a few steps. This is something you can do ahead, and in fact should, and it is easy enough to use to impress guests at your next dinner party. I promise, everyone will leave happy. What is nice about this dessert is that it is served cold, so you can enjoy it no matter how hot it gets outside. Because you present it and serve it in a Mason jar, it is portable and cleanup is simple. And the layering makes it look rather fancy.
This recipe makes enough for about six small jars. It is very rich, so I couldn’t finish my whole jar, but my husband took it down and ate the rest of mine too.
While it looks pretty, anyone can make this dessert. The only slightly difficult part is making sure that you temper the egg custard carefully, but slowly adding and whisking in the hot milk. If you cook it too long, it may get a little thick, and if you undercook it, it could be slightly runny but neither of those things will ruin the dish.
Hope your guests like it as much as mine did. It is not often that I like to repeat dishes, but this one is a winner and I will for sure do it again.