Chocolate-Bread Parfaits

Serving Size: 6
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  • 1 cup sliced almonds (4 ounces)
  • 8 Ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 0.5 cup hot brewed espresso or very strong coffee
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp dark rum
  • 0.5 Pound white Pullman bread -- crust removed, bread cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
  • 1.5 cup heavy cream


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for about 8 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Let cool.

2. Meanwhile, in a large heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring frequently, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

3. In a small bowl, mix the espresso with the sugar until dissolved. Whisk in the rum and stir in the bread cubes; let stand for 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form.

5. Spoon half of the soaked bread cubes and any excess chocolate into 6 parfait glasses. Top with half of the whipped cream and half of the almonds. Repeat with the remaining bread and chocolate, whipped cream and almonds. Serve at once.