Vanilla Berry Parfaits with Meringue Cookies

Vanilla Berry Parfaits with Meringue Cookies Recipe
Prepare the custard a couple of days ahead, then assemble and chill the dessert before serving. Using store-bought meringue cookies saves you the step of baking them.
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Yield:

6 servings (serving size: 1 parfait)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 268
Caloriesfromfat 21 %
Fat 6.3 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 2.1 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 5.8 g
Carbohydrate 48.8 g
Fiber 3.7 g
Cholesterol 115 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 125 mg
Calcium 149 mg

Ingredients

Custard:
2 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon butter
Remaining ingredients:
1/4 cup raspberry preserves
1 tablespoon framboise (raspberry brandy)
1 2/3 cups fresh blackberries (about 5 1/2 ounces)
1 1/3 cups fresh raspberries (about 6 ounces)
1 cup fresh blueberries (about 4 1/2 ounces)
12 large fat-free vanilla meringue cookies (such as Miss Meringue), divided

Preparation

To prepare custard, place milk in a medium saucepan. Scrape seeds from bean; add seeds and bean to milk. Heat milk mixture over medium heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around the edge (do not boil); discard bean.

Combine sugar and next 3 ingredients (through egg yolks) in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Gradually add hot milk mixture to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan; cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 5 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add butter, stirring until melted. Pour into a bowl; cool completely. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

Combine preserves and framboise in large bowl. Reserve 6 blackberries, 6 raspberries, and 6 blueberries. Fold remaining berries into preserves mixture.

Reserve 6 cookies. Place remaining cookies in a large zip-top plastic bag. Crush cookies using a rolling pin.

Spoon 1/4 cup custard into each of 6 tall glasses; spoon 1/3 cup berry mixture over each serving; top each serving with 1/3 cup crushed meringues, 1/4 cup custard, and 1/3 cup berry mixture. Top each serving with 1 blackberry, 1 raspberry, 1 blueberry, and 1 cookie.

Note:

Jeanne Kelley,

June 2006
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