Strawberry Mousse Parfaits

Strawberry Mousse Parfaits

May 21, 2014

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A three day weekend is within reach and this couldn’t make me any happier. The unofficial start of summer is also in reach. And if you’re from New England or any other part of the country that had, ahem, a tough winter, you probably can’t even believe this is happening. Like, June is in two weeks y’all. And if it snows in June or temperatures fall to 30 degrees, then…. well, it’s just not going to happen. Those days are behind us. Sigh. of. relief. This totally calls for some strawberries. (in hindsight, this totally calls for some sprinkles, too, so by all means, feel free to add sprinkles to this recipe. Like a lot of them).

I’ve been completely neglected strawberries in my baking repertoire this spring. So, I put a change to that for my post on Parade magazine’s website this week. I made Strawberry Mousse Parfaits.

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Kind of like strawberry shortcake. But with a light fully strawberry mousse. And a naturally sweet strawberry purée. And cake, duh.

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I just realized how perfect these would be for any 4th of July celebrations, too. Or even Memorial Day. A layer of blueberry purée or just plain whole blueberries would be oh so festive.

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Plus, mini desserts tend to impress people quite a bit. I mean, how can you not love how absolutely adorable they are?

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I picture a large tray on a backyard deck. The sun shining, let’s say 80 or so degrees (what? I like it hot), perhaps with a pool in the background. And party guests just grabbing parfaits as they head in from the pool or from playing bocce on the lawn (do people do this?), after sufficiently eating their weight in burgers and drinking shandys.

The little mini spoons are totally essential, too.

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Clearly I was this weekend… And summer weather to be here very, very badly. My mind is working overtime.

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Also, can’t you totally see how sprinkles on top of these would work?

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Yes, I know I still have two days of work left before I can get to my three day weekend. And that makes me want to cry a little bit. And it also looks like it’s going to rain in Boston for part of the weekend. And I don’t have any backyard pool and bocci parties planned. But I don’t even care because I have these parfaits and three glorious days of weekend. No complaints here.

If you want to check out my recipe for Strawberry Mousse Parfaits, head over to the Parade magazine website!

What will you be cooking or baking this three day weekend? (please tell me you have it off, otherwise I will be thoroughly depressed for you).

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20 Responses to "Strawberry Mousse Parfaits"

  1. Joanne says:

    We made it!!! I honestly didn’t know if we were going to. And strawberries are the perfect way to celebrate. These parfaits are totes adorbs!

  2. Justine says:

    These are pretty!! I haven’t eaten enough strawberries this year either….

  3. Monica says:

    You’re so right…mini desserts always impress and bring out the “oooh’s”. This looks so pretty!

  4. Pam says:

    They look pretty and delicious!

  5. My husband’s birthday is on July 4th and he loves strawberry shortcake. I might make these for him, if I can get them to look as pretty as your’s! Enjoy the long weekend!

  6. Mini desserts are the best! It just means I can eat more 🙂 I’ve been eating so much strawberries – I’ll gladly eat some more in these parfaits!

  7. These are perfect for Memorial Day! Summer better stick around for awhile. I need sunshine and warmth, and air conditioning. I love some AC!

  8. Tara says:

    Finished with school…check. Not doing anything productive this weekend…check. Eating as many strawberries as possible…triple check! There’s like a strawberry overload in the Bay Area, they are so cheap now!

  9. Asmita says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love these little cups!

  10. Sharon says:

    These Strawberry Mousse Parfaits are even more delicious than they look! This I know first hand. The addition of blueberries would make them festive enough for Memorial day or the 4th of July but as is, they couldn’t be any more luscious or yummy!!

  11. It is a normal weekend for us and I think I will bake a bakewell tart! Love the look of these 🙂

  12. Odetta says:

    So pretty!!

  13. Love these! It’s definitely strawberry season and these would sure be a great way to use them.

  14. These parfaits look delicious! I’m so happy the weather has changed. We were out on the deck the this week and my daughter said, can you believe last week we had snow. Haha Hopefully, that is behind us. Enjoy your long weekend!

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  16. Your little parfaits look way better than the weather here in Maine. Rain off and on for the entire holiday weekend. I like your idea of adding blueberries for a festive 4th of July.

  17. Yes, I have it off! Not only that NO outside plans. What a luxury. I love parfaits, because even if they are often simple they always looks so elegant. Plus with the longer spoons and the cool serving dishes, they are festive. I had strawberries over pound cake for lunch today. This is similar and I know it’s delish! In the Pacific NW we had our regular spring and it was wonderful. But boy howdy for a lot of the country it has been a very LONG haul.

  18. Megan says:

    These are adorable. I love mini desserts!

  19. dina says:

    they look delicious and cute!

  20. Little Kids says:

    Nice! I love strawberries!

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