Strawberries-and-Cream Parfaits

Strawberries-and-Cream Parfaits

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From: EatingWell Magazine, Spring 2004

To celebrate spring's fresh strawberries, our Test Kitchen jazzed up old-fashioned tapioca pudding. Grinding the tapioca in a blender makes the texture creamier, maple syrup adds seasonal sweetness and whipping cream gives these airy parfaits a luxurious finish.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • ¼ cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 3 cups low-fat milk, or unsweetened plain soymilk
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 6 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish


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  1. Grind tapioca in a blender or coffee grinder until it is a fine granular powder.
  2. Whisk milk (or soymilk), maple syrup, egg and the tapioca in a small heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from the heat, stir in vanilla and transfer to a medium bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface. Refrigerate until chilled, about 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Whip cream using an electric mixer or whisk in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the tapioca mixture using a rubber spatula.
  4. Spoon ¼ cup strawberries into each of six 8-ounce parfait glasses or wineglasses. Top each with ⅓ cup tapioca cream. Repeat with another layer of strawberries and tapioca cream. Garnish with the remaining berries and a sprig of mint.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 up to 1 day ahead. Once assembled, serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 186 calories; 2 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 36 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 34 mcg folate; 37 mg cholesterol; 28 g sugars; 15 g added sugars; 298 IU vitamin A; 60 mg vitamin C; 174 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 67 mg sodium; 352 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (100% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ low-fat milk, 1½ other carbohydrate

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