Today is Strawberry Parfait Day. I usually add chocolate to my parfaits. The following recipe can be made with ice cream, of course, but give it a try with some vanilla yogurt for a healthier alternative.
A parfait is a dessert that alternates layers of ice cream, fruit, sometimes gelatin, and/or liqueur, and is topped with whipped cream. It is usually served in a stemmed glass. Parfait in French means "perfect," and this is certainly a perfect dessert. The following recipe has a lot of baking and making from scratch, but if you're in a hurry substitute a store-bought chocolate pound cake and some strawberry sauce. The fact that it adds cake makes it a bit more of a trifle, but it still qualifies.
Chocolate Strawberry Parfaits
Use clear containers. Small mason jars are 'perfect' and look great!
Chocolate Pound Cake *this can be made in a rectangular pan rather than in a Bundt Pan
2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup fresh strawberries
optional: Whipped Cream
1 pint strawberries, divided
1 1/2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
Wash and chop strawberries. Add honey, vanilla, and 2/3 of the chopped strawberries to medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until juices are released and slightly thickened (about 15 minutes). Sauce thickens more while cooling. Stir in remaining strawberries and remove from heat. Cool completely.
Layer 1/4 cup fresh strawberries in bottom of each container.
Cut chocolate pound cake into cubes. Make a pound cake layer over the strawberries.
Top with 1/4 cup yogurt and 2 tablespoons strawberry sauce.
Optional: Top with whipped cream.
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