Lemon Strawberry (Cheat’s) Parfait

I think I’ve quite taken to the 5-minute dessert ideas (that don’t need a microwave) after last nights success with the rum balls.

The cheat’s parfait idea came to me a little after lunch this afternoon when I was craving something sweet (shouldn’t you know that by now?).

I picked up a box of strawberries on my home from work. And some cereal (read: granola) because I’ve stopped keeping any at home.

Everything came together in a couple of minutes, I made myself a quick (vegetarian) pho for dinner and then I sprawled out in my living room and ate 4 mini-cups of parfait. Whodathunk something that is sold for Rs 200/- a serving (or possibly even more) is something that you can make in your kitchen, without any effort at all?!


(makes 4 small servings)
1 cup yoghurt
1 tablespoon sugar (more, if you prefer sweeter)
8 strawberries, sliced or chopped into chunks
4 tablespoons granola (I used a mix of cornflakes, oats, honey, raisins and almonds)
4 tablespoons crushed chocolate cookie or crumbly cake
Zest of half a lime
Lemon rind, for garnish
1 strawberry, sliced, for garnish
1 almond, slivered for garnish
1/8 teaspoon cocoa powder for garnish

1. Beat the yoghurt with the sugar to form a smooth, creamy paste. Add some lemon rind and give it a good stir.
2. Line a cup with some crumbled cookie or crumbled cake.
3. Add some granola and some fresh fruit.
4. Layer with yoghurt.
5. Add another layer of granola and fruit.
6. Layer with yoghurt again.
7. Garnish with lemon rind, fresh fruit and a dash of cocoa powder (or some nuts).
8. Chill for half an hour, if you like, before serving.


1. The chocolate layer is optional. (Secret: I used the rum balls from last night.)
2. You can use just about any fresh fruit you like. I think blueberries and oranges would make a good combination, more so for the colour contrast. Strawberries and kiwi perhaps? Raspberries and blueberries too! Oh, the combinations are endless. You could even do more than 2 fruits, but given the size of the serving, that just might end up being more of a mish mash, than anything else.
3. You can layer this absolutely however you like, well defined layers of fruit, granola and yoghurt. Or everything just casually thrown in.
4. This is so good! SO SO SO good!

Note: This is a variation of the Canadian variant of parfait.




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