July 24, 2010

Strawberry Parfait

Strawberry Parfait

This creamy, dreamy, fruit-filled dessert is super easy to make, and also 100% vegan! This might be hard to believe, but there's absolutely no dairy products in this: the creamy dreamy comes from tofu and soy cream cheese! There's basically three steps to this recipe: food processor blending, fruit adding, and walnut toasting. Soft silken tofu and a tub of tofu cream cheese are blended in a food processor with powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Next, both sliced strawberries and dried strawberries are stirred in. Finally, toast some chopped walnuts and sprinkle on top. That's it, you're done!

The parfait is more like a pudding, or maybe like the consistency of Greek yogurt: thick, rich, and super creamy...but it's actually very light and refreshing. Now be warned: there is a heavy tofu flavor to this dish. To be honest, I think the fruit save the parfait's flavor because it's chockful of the juicy, sweet berries and tangy, chewy dried ones. But once you get past the tofu flavor, it's not so bad, and your taste buds really zoom in on the fruit. The toasted walnuts on top add some crunch and good contrasting texture.

This is best served cold, and although it's supposed to be a dessert recipe, I think it could be great for breakfast too. If you could find a way to firm up the texture more, this could even be used for a pie filling. The possibilities are endless!

Make again? Maybe. Substituting different fruits and nuts could be fun.

Strawberry Parfait
Vegetarian Times, April 2006

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