Tangy Lemon Parfaits with Tart Cherries
In Season 5 of Top Chef, host Padma Lakshmi actually spit out Ariane Duarte's cloying dessert, layered with cherries that tasted like canned pie filling and topped with overly sweetened meringue. Gail Simmons adds lemon zest to fresh lemon curd for balance and makes a compote with tart cherries and vanilla bean. A dollop of crème fraîche provides more tang.
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