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  • Betcha Can’t: Summer Berry Yogurt Parfaits

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

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    I don’t make dessert very often. There was a time when I preferred to bake instead of cooking but, when I realized that I had to send the baked goods that I labored over to work with my husband to remove the temptation from my house, I turned to cooking.

    Unless it’s berry season. There is something about a fresh batch of berries that makes me want…no…need to make a treat. And, now that I live in a place where local berry varieties are different than where I come from, the temptation is too much. I. Must. Give. In.

    Enter local raspberries and marionberries. While raspberries can be found in my homeland of New England, the marionberry is distinctly a berry of the Pacific Northwest. And they are delightful and they play a starring role in this summer berry parfait recipe.

    I can’t think of a better way to enjoy fresh berries than with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Of course, whipped cream isn’t the healthiest of adornments for fresh fruit, so I decided to fold just a small amount into french vanilla yogurt, making it decidedly more healthy and (I daresay) even more tasty than if I had just used the cream.

    Summer Berry Yogurt Parfaits www.kindredkitchen.blogspot.com


    Plan to use any summer berry throughout the summer. You could easily also use gently grilled peaches or other stone fruit. Let me know what you think!

     

    Summer Berry Yogurt Parfaits. www.kindredkitchen.blogspot.com

    ©2012 Kindred Kitchen / Nancy Granada

    Betcha Can’t: Summer Berry Yogurt Parfaits

    servings: 4 | time: about 15 minutes

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    ingredients:

    2 pints fresh berries of your choice (I used marionberries and raspberries in this version)
    1-2 tsp. Stevia natural sweetener
    Juice of 1/2 a lemon
    2 Tbsp chopped mint
    1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
    1 cup french vanilla yogurt

    directions:

    1. Combine the berries, stevia, lemon juice and mint in a large bowl. Toss very gently to combine and set aside for 10-15 minutes

    2. Whip the cream to medium peaks and gently fold into the yogurt

    3. Assemble the parfaits: Place a generous spoonful of the berries in the bottom of each of 4 wine glasses or ice cream goblets. Top each with a couple spoonfuls of the yogurt mixture. Top with more fruit then with more yogurt, making sure to keep the portions even for each dessert. Garnish with fresh mint

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