Recipe Review..Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

I love strawberry season.  The season came early this year.  The farms have been opened for several weeks.  I headed to one of my favorite berry farms...Holland Farm in Cary NC. What to make? I found a recipe on Pinterest that looked amazing...Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits. It comes from a blog called The Italian Dish.  (I need to go on this blog site soon and explore:-)

I studied the recipe... 
(As usual I made changes you will find it in parenthesis:-)

makes 4 large parfaits or 6 smaller ones
1 pound of strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons melted butter
12 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted (I was too lazy to sift the sugar)
2 teaspoons Amaretto (I did not have Amaretto so I put 1/2 tsp of vanilla)
1 cup heavy cream (I used cool whip:-)
(I also added about a tsp of lemon juice)
mint springs, for garnish

Slice the strawberries into a bowl and sprinkle with one tablespoon of sugar.  
Toss and set aside.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and one tablespoon of sugar.

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.  
Add the sour cream, confectioners' sugar and Amaretto and beat until combined.

In another bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form 
(I did not have to do this because I bought the cool whip:-).  
Fold into the cream cheese mixture.

Assemble Parfaits:

Place about a tablespoon of the graham cracker "crust" in the bottom of your glasses.  
Layer some of the cheesecake filling in the glasses, then some of the 
strawberry topping and sprinkle some more of the 
graham cracker on top.  Amounts will vary according to how many 
parfaits you are making, so just adjust accordingly. 
Repeat layers and top with mint. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I gathered my ingredients

Yum, so good.  I would have to give them a 9/10 on my cooking scale.
When I make them again, and I will, I would change one thing.
I would get much smaller containers.  It is very rich and these cups,
although lovely, held way too much rich goodness.  
I ate mine over a span of 4 days.
Happy Cooking and Eating!
Enjoy Your World:-)


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