These creamy and smooth strawberry parfaits taste as good as they look. Top with whipped cream and sliced almonds for a real treat.
4 cups sliced strawberries, divided
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup amaretti cookie crumbs (about 8 cookies)
1/2 cup frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
How to Make It
Place 2 cups of strawberry slices and granulated sugar in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Set strawberry puree aside.
Combine ricotta and next 4 ingredients (ricotta through vanilla) in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Spoon 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs into each of 4 parfait glasses. Top each portion with 2 tablespoons strawberry puree, 1/4 cup strawberry slices, and 3 tablespoons ricotta mixture; repeat the layers. Drizzle the remaining strawberry puree over each serving. Chill for 2 hours. Top each parfait with 2 tablespoons whipped topping and 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds.
This recipe makes a delicious dessert. And, my guests were impressed when I served them as they look beautiful and professionally made.The taste of the ricotta mixture was surprisingly tasty to me. Will definitely make again!
Like the other reviewer, the texture of the ricotta mixture was the biggest problem. My husband didn't like it much when I followed the recipe. For the second try, I used a cream cheese and powdered sugar blend, without the ricotta, and while it was thicker, he liked the flavor better. Also, it's quite important to repeat the layer of cookies. Graham crackers also work well. It might also be nice to drizzle melted chocolate over the strawberries on each layer, to add more depth of flavor!
I made this recipe as written and did not like the texture of the cream mixture. The ricotta makes it too grainy. Replace the ricotta with yogurt and you have a hit! I also used granulated sugar instead of powdered... I thought the powdered sugar gave it a funny flavor.
With the changes to the recipe... my family loved it!