These delectable parfaits are a foolproof and heavenly dessert perfect for sharing after a romantic dinner; one glass, two spoons, and memories to make.
Kim and I decided a long time ago we enjoy quiet nights at home together more than going out to dinner, having drinks, and going to the movies. This is especially true when it comes to holiday celebrations. The restaurants and theaters are always so busy and loud. So, a few years back, we started making special dinners for each other when we wanted to celebrate a special occasion. This was perfect for us since we both love to cook.
One of Kim’s favorite desserts are parfaits or berries and cream combination dishes. Well, with life being as crazy as it is, parfaits are simple to make and even easier to personalize, especially for someone with Kim’s preferences. For example, we like to add walnuts or almonds, oats, and a variety of fresh berries. The parfait doesn’t have to be cooked, and it can be prepped hours in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to serve. Parfaits are the perfect way to prepare an elegant dessert for that special someone.
For me, I find this dish to be romantic and a bit erotic. You have the ability to share one dessert because there is plenty food for two people. I love to use one spoon and switch off feeding each other. There is something very sexy about feeding some berries and whipped cream to your significant other. For me, when it comes to a Valentine’s Day dessert, this one “takes the cake.”
The first step to making a parfait is to prepare the whipped cream. This is a pretty easy process, and you can use either a stand mixer, hand mixer, or blender. Start by pouring the heavy cream into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar next. If you would like to change the flavor of the whipped cream, add another extract like macadamia or peppermint. You can personalize this part of the dish to your partner’s taste. Also, we use powdered sugar, so the whipped cream stays smooth and doesn’t have crunchy sugar crystals.
Once you have added all the ingredients, mix or blend the mixture until the cream thickens and starts to hold peaks. Making the whipped cream should take approximately two minutes on low to medium speed. After the cream has finished, set it aside.
Next, wash all the fruit and pat it dry. Then cut up the strawberries into bite-sized pieces or slices. The blueberries you can leave “as is.” Put the fruit in another bowl and set it aside as well. Then, mix the walnuts and oats together in a third bowl. The last step involves building the parfait. Start with the oats and nut mixture by pouring ¼ of a cup at a time into the parfait cup. Afterward, add the strawberries, then a layer of whipped cream, then add the blueberries. All that is left to do is to repeat the process again and again until the glass is full. Make sure to top off the final layer with the remaining whipped cream just for show.
Garnishes can include cinnamon or chocolate shavings. The recipe makes two 16-ounce glasses of parfait, so enjoy one now and then another later. It will only hold for approximately four hours.
Used for this recipe:
- 8 Ounces of heavy cream
- ¼ Teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 ½ Tablespoons of powdered sugar
- 9 Ounces of blueberries
- 12 Ounces of strawberries, uncut
- 4 Ounce of old fashioned oats
- 1 Ounce of chopped walnuts or sliced almonds
Combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla in mixing bowl or blender
Mix or blend for approximately two minutes or until cream becomes stiff
Wash all the berries and then pat dry with paper towel
Slice up strawberries into bite sized pieces or slices
Mix oats and walnuts together in separate bowl
In a glass pour ¼ cup of walnut and oat mixture
Add layer of strawberries on top of oats and walnuts
Add layer of blueberries on top of strawberries
Add layer of whipped cream on top of blueberries
Repeat alternating layers over and over until glass is full
Top with whipped cream and garnish with cinnamon, chocolate shavings, mint, etc.
Store in fridge for up to four hours