Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fruit & Cheesecake Parfaits

I've been in transition the last few weeks.  I finished up my school year, spent a few days in Madrid, headed home for summer, and then spent several days dealing with the repercussions of travel and jet lag.

Madrid was lovely.  The weather was perfect.  The streets were beautiful and full of interesting people.  And, the food wasn't too shabby. (Minus one nasty empanada. Bleh.)

I particularly enjoyed the churros and chocolate. Oh, hello.  Freshly fried churros + chocolate to dip them in?!  Genius.  Those Spaniards really nailed it on the head with that one.

And now on to these delicious fruit and cheesecake parfaits . . . The perfect treat for summer.

This post is LONG overdue.  Like, I made these in March for book club, overdue.  But, regardless of how late I am, this recipe is worth sharing.  These parfaits are simple (always a favorite recipe attribute of mine), beautiful, and semi-healthy since they are mostly fruit.  Use fruit that is in season and won't cost you a fortune.

And, speaking of book club, have you read eleanor and park?  Good read.

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (divided)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • fresh fruit: blueberries, kiwi, mango, and strawberries

Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment or a hand mixer, beat the cream until it begins to thicken.  

Add in 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.   

Continue to beat mixture until stiff peaks begin to form.

NOTE:  Stiff peaks = the cream holds its shape and stands up straight when beaters are removed.  Be sure you've got stiff peaks, otherwise your cheesecake mixture will be too soupy.   

Set aside in refrigerator.  

Beat cream cheese until it is smooth. 

Add in remaining powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.  

Gently fold in the whipped cream until just combined.  

Place fruit in the bottom of the glass, followed by a layer of the cheesecake mixture.  

NOTE:  I put the cream cheese mixture in a pastry bag and piped it into the glasses.  It was easier and didn't muck up the glasses.  

Continue layering.  Finish with fruit on top.  

Here's a 4th of July version I made recently.  Fun and festive.

Source:  Glorious Layered Desserts by Glory Albin 

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