Berry Parfait

Not too long ago I spotted strawberries in the store and simply couldn’t resist. Figuring that strawberries and blueberries would make a nice dessert or snack together, I picked up a package of blueberries too. I love the simple but delicious flavors in this. The colors make it perfect for any patriotic gathering and the simplicity of it makes it perfect for anyone to throw together last minute. Of course I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t want to share this with others. It’s really hard sharing yummy fruit. We’re big strawberry fans in this house, they disappear shockingly fast.

Originally I contemplated making this with a sponge or angel cake tossed in too but then decided on a really hot day the fruit and whipped cream would be plenty and not too heavy. Sometimes cake, even as light as some can be, can end up leaving a rather heavy feeling and you certainly don’t want that on a hot day or on an already full stomach. If you bring this to a party, just make sure ahead of time that there will be room to keep it chilled. Definitely do not leave this outside in the sun or heat. It’ll be a sloppy liquidy mess. Leave chilled until the last minute. Afterall… cold fruit is refreshing, especially in the summer!

Depending on your preference and available dishes, you can make individual portions or a large batch. The layering would be the same either way.

 

Berry Parfait

Ingredients:

red and blue fruit (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries... whatever your heart desires)
Whipped topping

Directions:

Cover the bottom of your dish with 'blue' fruit, in my case it was blueberries. Top off with a layer of whipped topping, being sure to cover the fruit well. Add a layer of 'red' fruit. If using strawberries be sure to cut them down in size. Add another layer of whipped topping. Repeat as necessary until your serving dish is full or you run out of ingredients.

Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Here are some additional recipes in case you’re still looking for more fun ideas to whip up this holiday weekend:

Desserts:

Funfetti cupcakes - Imagine using red, white and blue sprinkles! So festive.
Blondie brownies
World peace cookies
Oatmeal raisin cookies


Blueberry lemon squares - Double the recipe for a rectangular dish and add in some raspberries! Your friends and family will love it.
Jumbo chocolate chunk cookies
Blueberry ice cream tart
Mini blueberry pies

Sides:

BLC salad
Pico de gallo

Drinks:

Blueberry pomegranate margaritas
Raspberry lemonade
Lemonade iced tea
Frozen lemonade



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14 Responses to “Berry Parfait”

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    Kate@Diethood — June 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

    mmmm! I loooove creamy desserts such as these! So delicious, so patriotic. :)

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    Veronica Gantley — June 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

    All of these recipes look amazing. My favorite is the parfait. Thanks for the recipes, and the eye candy.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — June 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

    those are gorgeous–perfect for this weekend! I could go for a big bowl right now! :)

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — June 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

    The berry parfait looks very festive for the 4th. I like it!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Perfect summer parfait! All your desserts are now making me hungry!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    You have an awesome little roundup of your own going on here! :) Great post!Ii sent it some buzz love!!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Berries and cool whip is hard to beat! Pretty too.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — July 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

    4th of July is the one weekend I fully embrace cool whip!

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    Kate @KatefromScratch — July 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Simple, fast, easy and amazingly delicious. How did you know I loved that? Great stuff.

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    Tiffany — July 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Gorgeous! Congrats on making Top 9!

    • Rachel — July 2nd, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

      Thanks! :)

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    Anne — July 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    What a great summer roundup! Just bookmarked this page. I love the parfaits! They look like little mini trifles! And the summer drinks!!!! Yum! But oddly, the thing I will enjoy making the most are the funfetti cupcakes. Would you believe they are for my 20 year old son!?! Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes!
    : )

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    Elies_Lie — July 6, 2011 at 6:00 am

    WOW!!
    Berry!! I loves berry :)
    Looks Yummy! :)

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    Farah Quinn — July 21, 2011 at 5:13 am

    yummy ! I wanna try that one with cool whips, looks so delicious and fresh ..

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