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Not parfait. What's the word?

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  • nemo Sep 24, 2009 10:42 PM
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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. is it a fool?

        1. Jello 1-2-3?


          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.