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Not parfait. What's the word?

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What is the word for a layered dessert, in an individual glass -- but not parfait? My mind is a blank, and obviously I'm Googling the wrong terms. Thanks!

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  1. Are you perhaps thinking of a trifle?

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    1. re: tonina_mdc

      Thanks for your reply. No, it's not trifle. It's an individual glass serving.

      1. re: nemo

        I give - good luck! But trifles are often prepared and served in individual glass dishes as well as in a large trifle dish.

    2. What are the layers made of?

      Trifle is cake, custard, and fruit or jam, fool is whipped cream and crushed fruit.

          1. Similar to this recipe on Chocolate & Zucchini? http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archi...
            Clotilde doesn't give it a name except to call it a layered dessert... I'd think trifle or parfait myself. A dacquoise is also layered ... but never served in a glass.

            Sorry I haven't been any help... let us know if you finally figure it out - I'm curious :)

            1. VERRINE! And I'm wrong, it can be sweet or savory.


              I've got to write this down somewhere since I can't rely on my brain anymore! Thanks for your input.

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              1. re: nemo

                Now that's a new one for me! But as I've never been to France and don't have the money to visit decent restaurants, I suppose it's not that surprising. The pictures I've found through Google are gorgeous, but I know there's no way I could EVER make one. I have trouble even making those layered dessert bars properly! But they look unbelievably scrumptious - almost too pretty to eat, in some cases!

                1. re: nemo

                  That's a new one - for me - thanks nemo!

                  1. re: nemo

                    It pretty much looks like Jello 1-2-3 (or vice versa).

                    1. re: nemo

                      Interesting, I've had these desserts numerous times in upscale buffets but never knew there was a specific name for them.

                      1. re: Humbucker

                        That is a cool new word for me too -- I wonder if it comes from the French word for "glass" = verre...

                    2. Here's a link to an almost three-year-old article! Nothing like coming late to the party! I know this term was discussed on Chowhound, but of course, I couldn't find it. If you search for "verrine" on Foodgawker you'll get lots of beautiful pictures.


                      Looks like you're right, grayelf, about the word derivation.