Strawberry Parfaits - 2 Great Ways

By Mark G. McLaughlin

By Mark G. McLaughlin

One of the best ways to “Keep the State on your Plate” this Easter holiday is to use California strawberries in a dessert. One of the easiest, quickest and prettiest way to turn strawberries into an elegant treat is to use them to make a parfait. Here are two ways to do just that on Easter day.

(Each recipe serves four)

Recipe One - Fast and Simple:

The fastest and simplest way to make a parfait does not involve any cooking and very little preparation.


  • 4 cups of fresh California Strawberries
  • 4 cups of vanilla ice cream, or heavy whipped cream

Serving dish

  • A tall, clear glass (which can be a genuine parfait glass, an old-fashioned tall glass sundae dish, a champagne flute or any tall glass)


  1. Wash, de-stem, slice and dry the strawberries
  2. Place a single scoop of ice cream or yogurt (or a dollop of whipped cream) in the glass
  3. Add a scoop of strawberries
  4. Add another scoop or dollop of ice cream/yogurt/whipped cream
  5. Add more strawberries

Continue to repeat steps four and five until your glass is full; if the final scoop is made up of strawberries, top with a spoonful of whatever dairy topping you are using; if the topping is the final scoop, top with a strawberry or two.

Recipe Two - Fancy, and With a Little More Work:

There are of course more involved, and fancier ways to make a strawberry parfait, provided you want to do a bit more work and a little cooking. To make four servings of this type you will need:


  • 4 cups of California strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of yogurt (or vanilla ice cream)
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed or slivered nuts
  • 1 cup of crumbled cookie crumbs


  1. Wash, de-stem, slice and dry the strawberries
  2. Combine the strawberries, vanilla extract and sugar into a blender and puree
  3. Place a scoop of the yogurt or ice cream in the bottom of the glass
  4. Sprinkle some cookie crumbs atop that layer
  5. Add a scoop of strawberry puree
  6. Repeat steps three, four and five until the glass is full
  7. Sprinkle some crushed/slivered nuts on top

If desired, place one single, whole (stem and all) washed strawberry to crown the parfait.


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