January 12th, 2011

Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

This year, we decided to bring in the new year in our bangalore home. Bangalore always evokes strong emotions within me. It was the place where I was born and spent many lovely summers with my grandparents in my childhood. It was also the place that took away my maternal grandfather when I was eight years old. I met Ro for the first time here and years later we got married in Bangalore too.

This was a much needed break and we had a great time with our family. And when our little angel took a nap in the afternoons, Ro and me had lengthy conversations and discussions on our lives in the lawn over looking the house. And we made plans and resolutions to make our lives better. I also spent quality time with my almost eighty maternal grandmother and met other relatives too. Since, this place is brimming with almost all my relatives, I hardly get to meet all of them which always introduces a tinge of regret within me since many of them have influenced my life in so many ways.

I strongly feel that a day in Bangalore without making food and taking pictures is a criminal waste. A waste of time and under utilization of resources from my point of view. My inlaws have invested so much of their time and energies over the years to create a wonderful home and each part of it is a masterpiece. With its exquisite collection of cutlery, crockery and other accessories, it literally calls out to the photographer and food writer in me and amidst meeting relatives, lunches and dinners in the best eateries, shopping and above all tending to an amiably difficult toddler, I managed to wangle out time to create a few dishes. The best part of it all was to shoot in the garden. And I really enjoyed myself shooting amidst nature on the granite slabs in the roofed seating area of the garden, a luxury that I miss in the apartment ridden life of Mumbai!

If you want an elegant dessert that is easy and quick to make and super on taste, then look no further. This dessert fits the bill perfectly!

I love individual desserts. They are not only glamorous but also makes one feel special. This is a surefire way to impress anyone! And what I love most about this beautiful treat is that it is a breeze to make. It is as much a feast to the palate as it is to the eyes. Hardly any time and efforts go into making this exquisite preparation and once it is done you feel like a domestic goddess! And who wouldnt want to be armed with the secret of such a recipe to tackle an army of guests? Or make it to comfort and delight your family! I would even say there is no harm to make this for yourself! It will only soothe and elevate your senses.

Parfait in French means “perfect” and this couldnt be more true here. I would describe this as “perfection in a glass”. The tartness of the strawberries, the crunch of the biscuits and the smooth sweetness of the yogurt all comes together in a delightful spoon that is so ambrosial, that you can’t resist eating one spoon after another.

Strawberry Yogurt Parfait Recipe

You could use other berries or seasonal fruits like peaches and mangoes here when strawberries are not in season. For a vegan version, substitute the dairy products with vegan cream and vegan yogurt.

Ingredients:

500 gm (1 pound) strawberries
2 tbsp sugar, divided
100 gm (1 cup) digestive biscuits or butter cookie
2 tbsp melted butter
200 ml low fat cream
90 gm (2/3 cup) fine sugar or powdered sugar
500 gm (1 1/2 cups) thick yogurt*
2 tbsp strawberry preserve*
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder or cardamom powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

6 glasses with slender stems to assemble the dessert

Method:

Wash, hull and chop the strawberries. Sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar over them and toss them around a bit. Allow to rest.

Place the biscuits in a zip lock pouch, seal and pulverize to a powder with the help of a rolling pin. Alternatively, process in a food processor to a fine powder if you love cleaning up extra utensils.

Place the biscuit crumbs in a bowl and add in the remaining 1 tbsp sugar and the 2 tbsp melted butter. Mix with your hands until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.

Place the cream in a large bowl, add the sugar and whip with a whisk until thick and creamy. Put in the yogurt and whisk until smooth and creamy. Stir in the strawberry preserve and cardamom powder and whisk until well blended. You could also use a hand blender or a stand mixer for this step.

Now that we have the ingredients ready, lets begin to assemble. Place 2 tbsp yogurt in a glass. Sprinkle the biscuit crumbs over the yogurt. Put in a few chopped berries. Spoon some more yogurt over the strawberries and sprinkle the crumbs over it. Finish with the strawberries. Repeat the process for the remaining glasses.

* Place 800 gm yogurt in a cheesecloth or a muslin cloth over a strainer, with a bowl underneath to collect excess water. Drain the whey for 3 to 4 hours, to get 500 gm thick yogurt.

* You could use any jam or preserve. And if it is thick, then cook it with a little water over a medium flame to make it runny.

Makes 6 servings

Filed Under: American, Anniversary, Baby and Toddler Food, Birthday, Butter, Cardamom (green), Christmas/Easter, Comfort Food, Cream, Dairy Products, Dessert, Digestive Biscuits, Family Get Together, Fruits, Gluten-free Recipes, Nutmeg, Potluck Party, Quick Cooking, Strawberry, Sugar (granulated), Sugar (Icing/confectioners sugar), Sweets and Desserts, Vegan Friendly Recipes, Yogurt ·

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  1. A Iyer says:

    Goregeous Anu…love strawberries with yoghurt!

  2. Sharmilee says:

    Looks divine…sure my kind of dessert

  3. Raji says:

    This one must be tasting divine… lovely clicks… exquisite crockery..those spoons are a beauty.. and strawberry and yoghurt mmmmm… delicious.

  4. ChronicPink says:

    I made this the other day! And it’s just so fab.
    Although, I didn’t put cardamom powder. Does it make a world of a difference?

  5. Divya says:

    Beauty personified–just awesome,love the setting esp the spoons!!

  6. El says:

    I’m glad you were able to take a much needed break! Parfaits were always my favorite growing up and to see them here with yogurt is wonderful. Beautiful photos too!

  7. Shanti says:

    nice presentation n lovely spoons

  8. Meeta says:

    this looks simply divine! anu so envious you have strawberries. i see them in the supermarkets but will not buy them until we get our own in june/july! but you make me weak!

  9. I love how you’ve gilded the lily here by adding extra butter and sugar to the biscuit crumbs before adding them to the parfait, divine!

  10. speed says:

    it loooks yummy! Almost like cheesecake, at least the way I make it!
    But yes, individual desserts feel good, I don’t have to worry about sharing. Hopefully I’ll make this soon. My family loves dessert and I think I’ll indulge them soon enough…

  11. Tamanna says:

    looks deelicious, and a healthy version of dessert!

  12. Vibaa says:

    Looks so delicious. i just started baking and was looking for some simple recipes and found good ones here. you have a wonderful space. I am going to try some soon :)

  13. pavithra says:

    Looks absolutely yumm Anu.. beautiful pictures as well !!!

  14. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Looks so refreshing

  15. Radhika says:

    Anushruti,
    That Strawberry parfait looks gorgeous!
    Ingredients are inviting…(most are already in my pantry) especially the use of digestive biscuits..
    Can’t wait for Strawberries to hit the market here..(at a regular price i.e.)

  16. urhegde says:

    worth al the energy time spent on cutlery

  17. Simi says:

    What other fruits can be replaced for strawbs? Kiwi? Pomegranate? Melon?

  18. Revati says:

    thanks for sharing this easy and refreshing looking dessert! i made this, with some slight changes, mostly because i was feeling terribly lazy. taking it with me to a bbq dinner tonight :)
    will let you know how it goes! also, it will soon be up on my blog!

  19. Anushruti says:

    Simi: Kiwis, Mangoes, Peaches should all work well! Use your imagination and fly!

    Revati: Hope you enjoyed this at the party!

  20. Onestoryaday says:

    Anushruti,
    I have been meaning to wriet for a long time..I am an ardent follower of your blog…having tried many of the featured recipes. The Strawberry Parfait in particular is the piece de resistance of your dessert delights! As you rightly put it …it “was a breeze” to make but a “surefire way to impress” “an army of guests”. I made this and thanks to Divine taste, I truly felt like a “domestic Goddess”!

  21. Tried this out so many times and also have posted the same on my space linking to this…Thanks a ton for the lovely recipe !!

  22. Anushruti says:

    Gayathri: Glad you like it.

  23. Bhavana says:

    Hey Anu,

    Does the Amul Milk Cream work for this?

    Warm Regards,
    Bhavana

  24. Anushruti says:

    Bhavana: Yes..it works perfectly fine!

  25. […] Day 49/90 So after a great start to the new year, where I was dancing on a table at some point, with fellow revelers, I came back to blogging basics. I had a really long and tiring day today, had to attend my lovely little nieces birthday party, and then go somewhere else, then I went and bought some kiwi, and decided to make parfait, something ive been wanting to do anyway. So, here is the recipe source, this wonderful blog I stumbled across. So, here goes. Tra la la la …. http://www.divinetaste.com/archives/strawberry-yogurt-parfait/ […]

  26. pooja kodachwad says:

    i loved it,its a perfect parfait n of my kind,most important the ingredients so charming.Thank u

  27. shilpa says:

    Can I make this a day in advance for a party …

  28. Anushruti says:

    shilpa- Yes you can!

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