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BERRY yogurt lemon Maple syrup Tiramisu-style PARFAIT Recipe
by Foodessa

BERRY yogurt lemon Maple syrup Tiramisu-style PARFAIT

No need for Mascarpone or Ricotta with this very tasty cold dessert. Healthy, plain yogurt did the trick guilt in sight ;o)

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Prep time: Italy Italian
  Servings: 4 servings


  • . >American / Metric measures<
  • . > CREAM
  • . 12 individual berries (for garnish)
  • . 1/2 cup (125ml) berries (for mashing)
  • . 1/8 cup (30ml) maple syrup
  • . 1 cup (250ml) plain, yogurt, strained (2% fat or more)
  • . > LIQUID for dipping:
  • . 1/8 cup (30ml) lemon juice
  • . 1/8 cup (30ml) water
  • . 1/8 cup (30ml) maple syrup
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  • . 36 cookies: Italian 'Savoiardi' *
  • (32 for the parfait and the remaining 4 to split and use as decor)
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  • . * Cookies -- Biscuits/Ladyfingers/ 'Pavesini' / 'Savoiardi': ...Make sure the cookies are fresh...otherwise your tiramisu-parfait will undoubtedly end up too 'soppy'. You'll also end up short with the dipping liquid.
  • . VARIATIONS: ...1- The lemon juice can be replaced with 'LIMONCELLO' liquor. 2- The cream mix can be replaced by lemon or vanilla well as custard. 3- Any berry can be used in this parfait. Also note: properly thawed, frozen berries can also be used for this recipe without a huge difference in the outcome.


  1. . CREAM: Before hand, if not using a very thick yogurt, it is suggested that you strain it through a cheesecloth/sieve method in order to have it rid of its liquid (whey). This usually takes 2 hrs. a medium bowl, combine the allocated berries and mash together with the maple syrup. Remember to keep a little bit of the remaining bright coloured juice left over from the berries into a small dipping glass. This juice will be used to color the cookie garnish. Now, add and combine the strained yogurt with the mashed berries. Set aside. Note: If using berries which have seeds that happen to be 'peskier' than usual...go ahead and pass them through a fine sieve after mashing them.
  2. .LIQUID for dipping: In another medium bowl, combine the remaining liquids: lemon juice, water and maple syrup. Set aside.
  3. .ASSEMBLY: Split all cookies in two. Set aside and don't forget to keep two pieces from a split cookie for the garnish. Prepare four parfait cups, bowls or even Martini glasses. Place two pieces of 'dipped' cookies from the liquid towards the bottom. Follow the cookies by placing a generous dollop of cream at the bottom of each cup. Now, place six split pieces vertically around the perimeter of the containers. Repeat for all containers before covering with cream. Garnish with two split cookie pieces that were halfway 'dipped' into the reserved fruit liquid and place each one vertically into the cup. Finish off each cup with three full berries. Enjoy your very delicious and guilt-free dessert delight.
  4. . Flavourful berry