Made with simple ingredients, this crowd-pleasing Strawberry Parfait is the perfect no-bake dessert for your dinner parties. Ricotta, yogurt & honey are whipped together to create creamy, luscious layers that are visually stunning when combined with macerated strawberries. Such a refreshing dessert!
It’s finally strawberry season!
Is there anything better than biting into a freshly picked, farm-fresh strawberry?
The fragrance and flavors are truly irresistible.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t help myself.
Confession time… I get a little carried away whenever I go strawberry picking. I anxiously return home with baskets and baskets of strawberries to start my yearly ritual of making a few batches of this recipe for strawberry jam. These little jars make perfect hostess gifts.
Strawberries and other small fruits like blueberries and raspberries also make a great dessert when they are baked together in free-form pie such as this crostata.
There truly are so many wonderful desserts you can make with strawberries!
Today, I am layering the macerated strawberries with whipped ricotta. The creamy texture of this cheese is achieved without the addition of whipped cream or cream cheese.
Let me show you how easy this recipe comes together.
How to whip ricotta cheese
As you can well imagine, one of the key ingredients in this recipe is cheese.
Combine it with a few tablespoons of honey and yogurt, and process the mixture until smooth and creamy.
There are different ways you can do this to achieve a creamy, aerated texture. You can use a handheld mixer, a handheld immersion blender or even a food processor.
Using a handheld immersion blender is ideal for small batches; a food processor is great for larger quantities (recipe can easily be doubled). Once you obtain a smooth and creamy texture, transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Once you have combined the sliced strawberries with the honey, lemon zest and mint, leave the strawberries at room temperature for the flavors to meld together.
It’s now time to assemble and create this easy summer berry treat!
How to assemble this recipe
Start by placing a couple of tablespoons at the bottom of each glass, spoon a few tablespoons of strawberries on top, don’t forget the syrup that had formed from the maceration!
Finally, top with another tablespoon or so of the creamy topping.
Depending on the size of your glass and the number of portions you need to make, you can increase the number of layers. I will get anywhere from 4-6 portions depending on the size of the glasses. If desired, garnish with fresh mint leaves and lemon zest.
I love fruity desserts, especially in the summer where fresh local fruit is easily available. This recipe will provide you with a texture that is so creamy that you won’t miss the extra calories and saturated fat provided by similar recipes that use cream cheese, whipped cream or even mascarpone.
What to use as a garnish
As you can see, this ricotta and fruit dessert was simply garnished with lemon zest and mint leaves. You can create a fancier dessert by garnishing with chopped nuts like pistachios, almonds or hazelnuts. An amaretti or pizzelle cookie is another great topping.
Other uses of whipped ricotta
Whipped ricotta is equally delicious in savory appetizers. I use pistachio nuts, pomegranates, and pea shoots sprinkled to top this wonderful creamy spread in this crostini recipe, all on a whole wheat baguette. This is one of my go-to appetizers when pomegranates are in season.
I have always enjoyed eating fresh fruit with ricotta.
Thanks to Pinterest, I began noticing so many recipes that used whipped ricotta.
I was hooked from the moment I tried it.
Notice I did add a couple of tablespoons of creamy vanilla yogurt. Just in case you are wondering, I used IOGO yogurt (not sponsored). As far as the ricotta is concerned, I will often make a homemade version. But when I am pressed for time (often in the summer), I like to use the TreStelle Brand (not sponsored).
Summer entertaining has just become a lot easier with this wonderful dessert. It is quick to make and a delicious finish to any meal.
If you are looking for more ricotta inspiration, feel free to look at some of my favorite Ricotta Cheese Recipes.
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Easy Summer Berry Honey Whipped Ricotta Parfait
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2-3 tablespoons creamy vanilla yogurt
- 1 recipe for Simple Macerated Strawberries
- mint leaves and lemon zest optional
- Combine ricotta, honey, yogurt and process until smooth and creamy (can use hand-held beater, hand blender or food processor).
- Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- While waiting, make the recipe for simple macerated strawberries.
- Divide ricotta and macerated strawberries among glasses (or serving dishes). Start by placing a couple of tablespoons at the bottom of each glass, spoon a few tablespoons of strawberries on top, and finally top with another tablespoon of ricotta.
- If desired, garnish with mint leaves and lemon zest.