Tips: An uncomplicated, pretty dessert that must be made
just before serving. You'll need four parfait glasses, each of eleven
ounce capacity; this looks especially attractive in short-stemmed,
narrow-bottomed, "tulip" shaped glasses. I use Stonyfield Farm yogurt,
which is milder and less tart than some. The chocolate wafers I
buy are Nabisco Famous brand, and this recipe takes half of a nine
- 1 generous quart
- 2-1/4 c. French
vanilla yogurt, stirred until smooth
- 1/3 c. miniature
semisweet chocolate chips
- About 22 chocolate
wafers, ground or crushed, to make 1-1/2 c. crumbs
Set aside four of
the best-looking strawberries for a garnish. Pick over the rest,
discarding any that are moldy or too soft; wash the remainder briefly
and dry gently but thoroughly. Hull, trim, and slice thinly; you
should have about 3 cups.
Stir together the
yogurt and chocolate chips; set aside.
Drop a few strawberry
slices into the bottom of each parfait glass. Cover with a thin
layer of wafer crumbs, levelling the surface of the crumbs with
a spoon. Cover the crumbs with a layer of the yogurt mixture. Don't
be too generous with any one ingredient or you won't have enough
to go around.
Repeat the strawberries-crumbs-yogurt
mixture layering until the glasses are filled, ending with a layer
of yogurt. I end up making 9 layers altogether (that is, I repeat
the strawberries-crumbs-yogurt layering three times). As you fill
up the glasses, try to place some of the strawberry slices against
the outside of the glass, and push the slices part way into the
previous layer (of yogurt) as you go along.
Garnish each parfait
with one of the reserved strawberries. Serve immediately, preferably
with long-handled spoons.
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