Strawberries can be a tricky flavoring agent in frozen deserts due to their high water content and subtle flavor. Making a big batch of strawberry puree at the height of the berry season will ensure your parfait packs a punch. Store-bought frozen puree can be excellent as well, just make sure to read the packaging and avoid the brands that have ingredients you can’t pronounce.
- Stem the fresh strawberries and/or thaw the frozen ones, then puree with the sugar in a food processor until liquefied. Stir in the lemon juice. Freeze in ziplock sandwich bags for up to 2 months.
- Whisk the cream with a handheld or stand mixer until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes), then set aside in the refrigerator.
- Heat the sugar and water over a medium heat until the temperature registers 230°F on a candy thermometer.
- In the meantime, use a handheld or stand mixer to whip the egg yolks until pale yellow and beginning to froth (about 3 minutes).
- When the sugar comes to temperature, slowly drizzle into the egg yolks while whisking on high speed and continue whipping until the mixture increases in volume and becomes custard-like (about 7 minutes).
- When the eggs are ready, gently fold in the strawberry puree, lemon juice, and whipped cream, then place in a loaf pan or individual ramekins and freeze overnight.
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