What happens when you cross a blueberry with a strawberry with cheesecake filling? Red, white, and blue. This is what you have. Regular cheesecake parfait becomes Americana Cheesecake Parfait. Just like that, you’ve created a perfect treat for your holiday.
I realize it might be too late for you to do this for Memorial Day – unless you happen to have these fine ingredients already in your fridge. I once (last week) bought 18 packages of cream cheese at one time because it was on sale for $1.00 and I couldn’t help myself (obviously). Plus, I frequently bring home 12-16 pounds of berries at once when they are in season and on sale. (No one ever looks at me funny while I’m going through check-out.) Perhaps you also have a fridge full of cream cheese and berries?
If not, you can tuck this recipe away to make when you find these ingredients on sale. After all, it never hurts to make these with no holiday attached. And of course, you’ll want to remember these for the Fourth of July.
The Original Cheesecake Parfaits
About this time last year, I concocted our first Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits. We have since declared this to be the best way to eat fruit. Recently we tried Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits, which are just as amazing.
Matt and I much prefer this made with stevia. Our boys make a batch for themselves with a little sugar instead. We’ve been eating this and serving this to friends who come over pretty much constantly since berries came back in season a few weeks ago. This is a definite family favorite!
Americana Cheesecake Parfaits
- 2½ cups heavy whipping cream
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon real maple syrup
- Liquid stevia to taste (I use about 20 drops) (Use a few Tablespoons of sugar if you prefer.)
- 1 -2 pounds fresh, sliced strawberries
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- Place all ingredients (minus the berries) into a blender.
- Whip until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon mixture into bowls or cups - layering them with blueberries and sliced strawberries.
However are you remembering and celebrating this weekend?