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Strawberries-and-Cream Parfaits

Spring 2004, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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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.


Strawberries-and-Cream Parfaits Recipe

Makes: 6 servings, about 1 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 3 cups low-fat milk, or unsweetened plain soymilk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 6 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish

Preparation

  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 1/4 cup strawberries into each of six 8-ounce parfait glasses or wineglasses. Top each with 1/3 cup tapioca cream. Repeat with another layer of strawberries and tapioca cream. Garnish with the remaining berries and a sprig of mint.

Tips & Notes

  • 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

Per serving: 256 calories; 9 g fat (5 g sat, 3 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 2 g fiber; 76 mg sodium; 439 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (110% daily value), Calcium (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1/2 low-fat milk, 1 1/2 other carbohydrate


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