STRAWBERRY CRUNCH PARFAIT

So, it is strawberry season here in Indiana. I could literally eat a whole quart of them fresh. Yum  


My favorite dish to make with the fresh berries is my Award Winning Strawberry Crunch Parfait. I say award winning because several years ago I won the grand prize award with this recipe using blueberries in The Bursting With Blueberries contest at our County Fair. This is a recipe created by my mother and I that we originated with strawberries


This win started my love affair with the coveted Purple Sweepstakes Ribbon. More on that in another post along with more award winning recipes.
This yummy and beautiful dessert is gone within seconds at get-togethers. I get so excited to make it every June. You can make it with store bought berries of course, but it is not the same as the fresh ones. I made this last Sunday and had a hard time taking pics because I wanted to dig in right away. It is that good people!!! Of course just as delish with the Blueberries.
This dish layers strawberries with a pecan shortbread crunch and a delightful cream cheese filling.

Here is the Recipe:
STRAWBERRY CRUNCH PARFAIT

5-6 Cups,WASHED AND SLICED STRAWBERRIES

CRUNCH
1/2 CUP BUTTER, SOFTENED
1 CUP ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
1/2 CUP CHOPPED PECANS
1/3 CUP BROWN SUGAR

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all the ingredients by hand on pour into an ungreased 13x9 glass baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes until, edges start to turn golden brown. Remove from oven, stir and spread out onto wax paper. When cool, crumble any large pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to assemble parfait. (The crunch can be made a day or two ahead of time)

 CREAM CHEESE FILLING
3 8oz BRICKS OF CREAM CHEESE, SOFTENED (I use 1/3 less fat)
2 TABLESPOONS VANILLA
1 TABLESPOON MILK
3 CUPS POWERED SUGAR
1 12oz TUB OF THAWED COOL WHIP
Mix cream cheese, vanilla and milk with a hand mixer until smooth. Slowly mix in the powered sugar til blended well. Then, gently fold in the cool whip.

ASSEMBLY: I use a see through trifle dish so that you can see the beautiful layers. You could also use mini glass dishes and make individual parfaits. Layer starting with the crunch to your desire. End with cream layer, sprinkled crunch and a strawberry or two sliced for the top garnish. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving. ENJOY!



Linked with Weekend Potluck
xoxo
"I love berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, anything with an 'errie' in it!"
~Jordin Sparks

51 comments:

  1. This sounds delicious! I'm such a strawberry lover - especially the fresh ones! This little one has made me allergic to them - and just in time for strawberry season. Next spring, I'm making this.

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    1. Oh no! Yep? You save this recipe girl cause you will love it!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! ;-)

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  2. You're my favorite! How could you think of strawberries and parfait? It looks great and I bet it tastes delicious.

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  3. You will love it Olga! So so good! Happy Tuesday sweets!

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  4. This looks and sounds SOOOOO good, I could eat some for breakfast! YUM!

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    1. I did eat some for breakfast yesterday. :-) Lol. Have a wonderful day!

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  5. That looks delicious! We just bought a ton of strawberries so I might just have to make this:)

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    1. Girl you will truly love it and I bet your family will too! I just took some out of the parfait dish for my lunch today and had to take an extra bite off the spoon for part of my breakfast! :-) Have A great day!

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  6. So, so yummy! Great recipe, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Thank you beautiful!! Have a great day!

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  7. If it's award winning then it must be incredible!! It sounds delicious and I wish I was having this for breakfast instead of oatmeal LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. You are too cute B! Yep it's spinach salad and this dessert for lunch...can't wait!! Then extra running after work!! :-

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  8. Looks and sounds delicious Andrea!! Perfect summer dessert too. :-) Thank you for sharing and I hope that you have a fabulous day today!! :-)

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    1. It is so yummy! I hope your day is sweet and full of smiles!! :-)

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  9. Holy deliciousness.. the absolute perfect summer treat :)

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    1. It is so good! I cannot keep making it because I'm getting tired of adding miles to my runs. Lol!!

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  10. This strawberry parfait looks amazing! There is nothing like fresh strawberries this time of year and I seriously wish I was eating this right now! Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo, Rachel
    www.ablondesmoment.com

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    1. Thank you sweet Rachel. If you were here I'd offer you some and we'd chat over coffee or tea!! :-) Have a terrific Tuesday!!

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  11. Holy Cow Andrea, you do it all! This looks so delicious, I'm afraid to try the recipe for fear that I'll eat the whole thing at once! Thanks for sharing with us my gorgeous friend, I hope your week is beautiful! XO -Kim

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    1. Kim I am so eating waaaay too much of this. I brought it for my lunch dessert today too! Lol. It is so yummy! You have a great day too gorgeous!! <3

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  12. I've made something similar in the past before and these are the best kind of desserts!!! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

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    1. They are Emily, thank you! I hope your day is as amazing as you are!

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  13. This looks amazing! How awesome that it is award winning?!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Thanks Darcy! I'm pretty proud of that ribbon as it was the first award I've ever one for a food contest! I hope you have an amazing day! :-)

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  14. Yum! It looks award winning for sure!

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    1. Thank you so much Brittany, it was the first food award I ever won and I was pretty proud, plus it is so super yummy I'm having it after lunch today. :-) Happy Tuesday sweet lady!

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  15. This looks delicious! I can't wait to hear more about your award winning meals!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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    1. Thank you so much Susie! I knew you'd love this recipe! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

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  16. Sounds absolutely delicious! I am pinning this recipe... yum!


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Latest Post: Grey Knit Romper & Converse

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    1. You will love it Amber! So so yummy! I hope your day is as amazing as you are! Headed over to your fab Blog now! :-)

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  17. Oh my this looks delicious and so summer time perfect!

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    1. So yummy I have to amp up my workout. Lol

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  18. Oh my!!! This looks so yummy! I am going to have to try this sometime! Have a great day, lovely lady!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  19. This looks delicious! The perfect summertime dessert!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  20. This recipe is outrageous! No wonder you won an award for it! I cannot wait to try this recipe! Delish!!

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    1. You will love it!!! Let me know if you make it and what you think. We just finished off the last of it. So hard not to eat the whole darn thing!! Hope you've had an awesome day!

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  21. That looks so delicious!! I love strawberries so I can't wait to try this recipe this weekend!

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  22. You're mighty generous to share an award-winning recipe. Did I mention how much I love you!? ;)

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  23. oh yum! This looks amazing Andrea! What a perfect summer treat.
    Thanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

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  24. OMD a new strawberry recipe, this might just be being made in my kitchen this week!

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  25. This is positively gorgeous! Strawberries are almost in season here, so I'll be looking for ways to use them! #foodpornthursday

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  26. This looks so deliciously amazing!!!

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  27. That looks absolutely amazing!! Love strawberries :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  28. Holy cow! This looks so delicious and refreshing. I think I might have to make it for Father's Day dessert tomorrow. Thanks for linking up again with us at #foodpornthursdays.

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  29. Looks AMAZING, Andrea!! Our strawberry season is just winding down here in Louisiana! Can you send me a piece? LOL!

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  30. Oh my! This sounds absolutely perfect! I love desserts like this. I would say I'd make some with our homegrown berries, but Jax eats most of them before they make it to the house so I don't think we'll ever have enough! But I bought the GIANT thing of blueberries at the store the other day and the blueberry version could definitely happen!

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  31. Oh my! This sounds absolutely perfect! I love desserts like this. I would say I'd make some with our homegrown berries, but Jax eats most of them before they make it to the house so I don't think we'll ever have enough! But I bought the GIANT thing of blueberries at the store the other day and the blueberry version could definitely happen!

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  32. All right, I will eat this with ANY berries! It looks outstanding!! Thanks for stopping by Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

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  33. I can see why this is award winning. Thanks for stopping by Throwback Thursday! Pinned and shared.

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  34. Just wanted to let you know that you are my feature of the week for tonights Throwback Thursday link party. Can't wait to see what great recipes you bring tonight and be sure to invite your friends to share their links.

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  35. What a beautiful dessert - I can certainly understand how it disappears! Congrats on the award and thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

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