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Friday, September 20, 2013

Lemon Berry Parfaits

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Lemon Berry Parfaits
On Wednesday I shared Ryan's birthday dinner, or the main dish anyhow, with you and today we're moving on to dessert. You might recall that, when given the choice, Ryan will always pick a fruity dessert. It's the reason previous birthday desserts have included a lemon tart, cream cheese fruit tarts, and mixed berries with mascarpone limoncello cream.  
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This year's birthday dessert was fairly similar to last year's, but the boy gets what the boy wants...on his birthday anyhow! This dessert comes together quickly...store-bought lemon curd is mixed with homemade whipped cream and then tossed with berries. It's creamy and tart and perfect for the fruit dessert lover! You could also add some chunks of pound cake or angel food cake and make it more like a trifle, if you're looking for something a little more substantial. Even though I'd almost always choose a real (read: chocolaty, peanut buttery, etc.) dessert over something fruity, I have to admit this was pretty darn good!
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Lemon Berry Parfaits
from epicurious

-1 1/2 cups chilled heavy cream
-1 1/4 cup purchased lemon curd
-2 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-2 tbsp lemon zest
-3 1/2 cups fresh berries (I used a mix of raspberries and strawberries)

1. Beat cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer to stiff peaks. In a separate bowl, add lemon curd, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Fold in whipped cream.
2 Mix in 2 1/2 cups berries into the lemon mixture. Divide mixture among six (8-10 oz) glasses and chill for at least 30 minutes and up to one day. Sprinkle with remaining berries just before serving.