Mixed Melon Parfait

Course : Fruits
Serves: 8
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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon rum -- to taste, up to 3
2 cups cantaloupe -- diced in 1/4 to 1/3 inch pieces
1 tablespoon orange liqueur * -- to taste, up to 3
2 cups honeydew -- diced
32 medium watermelon balls** -- up to 40
3 tablespoons cognac or bourbon -- up to 4
2 cups heavy cream
1 dash salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar -- up to 3
 

Preparation / Directions:

* Cointreau or Triple Sec ** Cut with a 5/8 to 3/4" melon-ball cutter 1. Add rum to cantaloupe; add orange liqueur to honeydew. Let both stand at room temperature about 1 hour. 2. Lace watermelon balls with cognac; chill. 3. Whip cream with salt, vanilla and sugar until very stiff; chill. 4. An hour or so before serving, distribute cantaloupe into 8 to 10 tall parfait glasses; cover with a dollop of whipped cream. 5. Add honeydew and cover with whipped cream. 6. Add watermelon balls and pile with remaining whipped cream on top; finish with 1 watermelon ball on top of each dessert. 7. Chill and serve. (If you have a pastry bag with a star tube, pipe the whipped cream onto the dessert.)


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