Need a quick snack? Want an easy-yet-pretty dessert? Why not try making a parfait?
BABY Parfait Print!! Haha this photo is over a year old :o Anyway, moving on....
A versatile, adaptable dessert, parfaits work for just about any setting. They can be transportable in the right containers. They can be a simple combination of 2 flavors or a complex and elegant display of culinary art. Adjust according to your own tastes, event themes, and layering skill level!
Start by putting your cookies in a plastic bag and smashing them:
You can combine 2 or more types of cookies to make unique flavors
*POINT* Try using granola, Oreos, corn flakes, Chex Mix, nuts, or anything else in small, crunchy sizes!
Next, whip up some whipped cream! Adding flavoring or sugar is optional
*POINT* If your cookie layer is quite sweet, don't make the whip layer too sweet or it will become overpowering!
*POINT* Try using yogurt instead! Yogurt is a bit sour and contrasts nicely with a sweet or lightly salty crunchy layer.
Now, for the fun part: layering!
Start with your container. I am using a take-along container that would be nice for a picnic meetup or potluck-style meetup where the parfait needs to travel. Plastic container is resistant to breaking and the lid helps keep everything neat!
Put a crunchy layer about 7mm-10mm thick on the bottom:
Add an equally thick layer of whip:
*POINT* Try not to touch the sides of the container with your spoon in order to keep it neat. Use a smaller spoon if you need to. Touching the sides of the container will leave white streaks that will be seen in the final product :o
Repeat your layers until you reach the top, finishing with the crumbly layer. Add garnishes such as fruit, cookies, chocolate, etc. if you wish. Then put in the refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours
And that's it! This "recipe" is simple enough for children to help out in the kitchen:
If you are having a meetup or party at your home or if you don't need to travel too much with the parfaits, try using wineglasses, shotglasses, crystal goblets, etc. for an extra touch of elegance. If your container is tall enough, you can do layers with three different ingredients such as a cookie-fruit-whip combo. Have fun!