Tips: This is 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 ounce box.
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 generous quart strawberries
- 2-1/4 cups French vanilla yogurt, stirred until smooth
- 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- About 22 chocolate wafers, ground or crushed, to make 1-1/2
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.