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Friends and family, beaches and barbecues, fireworks and fun. Nothing screams summer like Fourth of July weekend. For a festive treat that’s sure to be a hit at any celebration, try whipping up this simple, refreshing layered fruit parfait. In patriotic red, white and blue, this cool, creamy dessert is perfect for all your Independence Day picnics and parties.
Red, White and Blueberry Mascarpone Parfaits (serves 4)
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, sugar, vanilla and orange liqueur and whip together with an electric mixer. Slowly add the whipping cream, a little at a time, and continue beating until the cream is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy. Fold in the lemon zest, cover and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour.
Using parfait glasses or Champagne flutes, spoon some raspberries or strawberries into the bottom of the glass, then add a dollop of the chilled whipped cream mixture. Add a layer of blueberries, then another dollop of whipped cream. Continue layering until glass is full, then playfully arrange berries on top. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Wishing you all a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!
Strawberry season is officially upon us. As if this time of year isn’t sweet enough, Sunday also happens to be my very lovely mother’s birthday! Since chocolate covered strawberries are one of her all-time favorite treats, I couldn’t resist dipping a few berries in her honor.
At the peak of ripeness, juicy strawberries are luscious enough on their own, but we all know that chocolate makes everything better. These cocoa-covered beauties are incredibly simple to make, and each time I bite into one, I think of Mom. And smile. Happy birthday to the best Mom in the world! xoxo
To dip your own, just follow the directions from my Chocolate Smothered Oreos post here. Simply swap out Oreos for a couple dozen strawberries (be sure to dry completely after washing) and get creative!