Sweet Bites

Jarfait: S’more Peanut Butter Please!

1 Comment 16 September 2010


Jarfaits: Portable Parfaits featured in Issue No. 3


Perfect. That’s the English translation for the French word “parfait,” and the term used in the late 1800s to describe a frozen, layered dessert. Perfection. It’s the word that describes Chef Lea’s new play on parfaits: the Jarfait—combinations of flavors layered in a mason jar for a portable, make-ahead-of-time treat! “I have been daydreaming about fun combinations,” says Lea. “Really, the possibilities are endless.”

Issue No. 3 highlights all kinds of cool combos. Here is the recipe for one of Lea’s favorites!

S’more Peanut Butter Please! Jarfait
Serves: 6

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (5.9 oz) package chocolate fudge instant pudding
3 cups milk, 2% or whole
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup honey graham crackers, coarsely crumbled
6 half pint (8 oz) glass jars with lids

(1) In a large bowl, using a standing or handheld electric mixer, beat the cream cheese,
peanut butter, and powdered sugar until smooth. Add whipping cream; continue to
beat mixture until whipped, smooth, and creamy. Set peanut butter cream aside for
(2) In a medium bowl, whisk chocolate pudding mix and milk together for two minutes.
Set pudding aside for assembly.
(3) Layer each glass jar with ¼ cup chocolate pudding, 2 tablespoons peanut butter
cream, 1 tablespoon marshmallows, 1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbles, ¼ cup
chocolate pudding, and 2 tablespoons peanut butter cream. Serve immediately or
cover with lid and refrigerate up to 2 days.
*Optional: Before serving, cover top with additional mini marshmallows; use a
kitchen blowtorch to lightly toast marshmallows.

Photography By Natalie Wi

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Sweet Bites

BaklaPops: Crunchy, Nutty, Sweet Bites

Comments Off 14 September 2010


Read Full Feature in Nesting Newbies Magazine, 2010 Issue No.4

BaklaPops: A new spin on a favorite phyllo pastry.


It’s unanimous…we have dubbed Chef Lea McIntosh with the title “Sultana of Sweets” for her clever invention of BaklaPops—crunchy, nutty, cinnamony, sugary bites of heaven. Pure culinary treasure!

Traditional baklava is a Middle Eastern nut-filled phyllo-dough pastry, made in sheets that are cut and served brownie-style. “I think that people want to enjoy pastries and desserts without over doing it,” says Lea. “BaklaPops are perfect, one-bite indulgences! And what doesn’t look cute on a stick?”

Find out how to make these sweet treats in Issue No. 4. Chef Lea’s step-by-step video instruction will guide you through the process.

Rio Costantini Photography

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