Extra virgin olive oil gives the berry curd silky richness, no butter needed. It’s delicious layered with rich Greek yogurt and garnished with whole berries. You can also use it as a filling for a chiffon layer cake, as a breakfast treat layered with cooked and cooled rolled oats, or simply as is, just as you’d enjoy a mousse.
- 1 pint (12 ounces) fresh raspberries, plus more for garnish
- Juice of 1 small lemon
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of sea salt
- 4 tablespoons mild extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
Puree the raspberries with a hand blender and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice and cornstarch until smooth.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, use a whisk to blend the eggs thoroughly, and then whisk in the sugar, berries, cornstarch-lemon juice, vanilla, and salt.
Place the pan over medium heat and continue to whisk the mixture until it reaches a very low boil. Cook for two minutes (this activates the cornstarch), lowering the heat if necessary to prevent a rapid boil. The curd should be thick enough to coat the whisk.
Off the heat, slowly whisk in the olive oil until it’s completely blended in. Pour the curd into a glass bowl or container and allow it to come to room temperature before covering and placing in the fridge to thicken further, about 4 hours or overnight.
To assemble the parfaits, alternate layers of curd and yogurt in highball glasses and top with a few berries.
Yields 4 servings