a sweet, intense flavor. They don't need much embellishment, and are wonderful served with some cream, plain or whipped, or vanilla ice cream. But I like to pair them with anything almond, as in this Strawberry Toasted Almond Parfait. This desserts consists of layers of almond genoise cake cubes, which I imbibe with an almond syrup and top with almond crunch, syrupy strawberries and vanilla whipped cream. The whipped cream is sweetened and flavored with ground-up vanilla
beans, a product I recently discovered made by Tahitian Gold. It's powerful stuff, so you only need half as much extract as you'd normally use to flavor things. As for the genoise, feel free to substitute almond or plain pound cake for it in the parfait. A course cornmeal-almond cake would also work very nicely.