"Parfait" means "perfect" in French. To me, a parfait is the perfect dessert! This strawberry cheesecake mousse parfait is no exception. The delicious light layers of strawberry cheesecake mousse alternating with whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs and strawberries have elements of magic.
This strawberry cheesecake mousse parfait offers that same sweet magic. It’s like your own personal trifle for dessert. I love putting it in small mason jars for a more rustic look. Dessert jars make a great addition to a shower or other celebration. If you're looking for elegance, try a wine glass.
You can make this dessert low sugar and low fat by substituting sugar-free Jello and low fat vanilla yogurt instead of whipping cream. Low fat (not fat free) cream cheese also works and try leaving out the sugar and butter in the graham cracker crumbs. Either way you make it, you'll have dessert magic!
We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
Mariah & Greg Anderson
Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait
A parfait with layers of strawberry cheesecake mousse, whipping cream, graham cracker crumbs and our fresh strawberries!
Yield: 8 (8 ounce) servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
FOR STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE MOUSSE
1 pound fresh (or frozen) strawberries (about 2 cups)
1 package (3 ounce) Jell-O strawberry flavor gelatin
⅔ cup boiling water
1 cup ice cubes
½ cup cold water
8 ounce carton whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounce packages cream cheese
FOR GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMB LAYER
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
Rinse strawberries and chop into small pieces. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, boil ⅔ cup water.
Add gelatin mix and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
Add ice cubes and stir until melted and gelatin is slightly thickened.
FOR WHIPPED CREAM:
Whip cream until it begins to thicken.
Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla and whip until soft peaks form.
Divide in half and refrigerate.
FOR CREAM CHEESE:
Whip cream cheese with electric mixer until softened.
Whip in thickened gelatin mixture and 1 cup chopped strawberries. (Save remaining strawberries for garnish.)
Gently fold in HALF of whipped cream (reserve half for garnish at end.)
FOR GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS:
Gently toss together crumbs, melted butter and sugar.
Stir until combined.
To assemble parfaits-- In 8 oz. mason jars or parfait glasses add: 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs (pat down) ¼ cup strawberry cheesecake mixture 1-2 tablespoons whipped cream 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs ¼ cup strawberry cheesecake mixture 2 tablespoons whipped cream (swirled on top) 1 tablespoon chopped strawberries Refrigerate 1-2 hours to set.