Let’s welcome Meghan Bassett from Cake ‘n Knife here to bring you something sweet!
Now that it’s officially springtime, and with Easter right around the corner, I think a bright and light dessert is in order. Don’t you? Perhaps it’s just because I am a Colorado gal and around this time of year, I’m so over the snow and cold and ice, I automatically gravitate towards anything acidic and citrus.
The reason these parfaits are called dream parfaits is all because of the soft and luxurious, oh-so-dreamy lemon whipped cream. It’s like eating a lemon cloud! Mix in some fresh berries and my favorite cookie, the Nilla wafer, and you’ve got a simple dessert that is going to make anyone who eats it fall in love with you. Immediately.
I know you might think chocolate is always the way to someone’s heart, but sometimes a lemon cloud will get you there faster.
The best part is this lemon whipped cream recipe can be used with so many other things! You can use it in ice cream sundaes with white chocolate chips, or even try using it with your strawberry shortcake to add a little extra zing of brightness. My favorite is just eating it straight out of the bowl…
What can I say? I love enjoying the simple things in life!
Click through to see Meghan’s recipe for Raspberry + Lemon Dream Parfaits!
Meghan is a food addict turned writer, recipe developer and food photographer based in Denver, Colorado. Her recipes have been featured on sites such as BuzzFeed and Honest Cooking. Her blog, Cake ‘n Knife, is dedicated to uncomplicated gourmet recipes that will make you look like a star chef without spending hours in the kitchen. Besides her life revolving around food and her blog, she spends nights cuddling with an adorable, crazy puppy and a husband who puts up with both of their antics for some terribly strange reason.
LEMON WHIPPED CREAM
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- 1 pint fresh raspberries
- 24 Nilla wafer cookies
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a handheld electric mixer, whip the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest together on high speed. Whip until the mixture forms soft peaks.
- To assemble the parfaits, layer lemon whipped cream, then raspberries and finally Nilla wafers, distributing evenly between 4 bowls or glasses.
For the parfaits you see here, I got two full sets of layers in, plus an extra layer of whipped cream and raspberries.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 5gSugar: 25gProtein: 4g