When I decided to remake MsMorphosis, I also decided it was time to update the categories and topics to reflect more of where I am now than where I was when MsMorphosis first launched over 4 years ago. Among the new topics I brought in was recipes, since I do a lot of cooking nowadays and I figured I might as well make all that time spent worth something (well, beyond eating, which we have to do to stay alive).
So, to launch this new topic off with a bang, I made the smart decision to have the first recipes not be by me (ha!) but instead by someone who is well versed in creating recipes that other human beings find on the internet and make on their own at home. One of my best friends, Meghan, is the head chef and blogger extraordinaire over at Cake ‘n’ Knife, and she agreed to give us a couple recipes to get us going in the right direction. To start, here is a drunken strawberry parfait (she knows her audience, eh?) Bon appetite!
Hi there! My name is Meghan and I am the cook, photographer, writer, and kitchen-mess maker over at Cake ‘n’ Knife. I am a full-blown food addict, so I cook, bake, and eat A LOT. I believe in creating fresh and oftentimes indulgent food that is simple to make and impossible not to devour. When I’m not cooking or eating, you’ll usually find me writing, playing with my puppy, or relaxing with my hubby.
I am absolutely thrilled to be guest blogging for MsMorphosis today, not only because Jen is the queen of blogging, but also because MsMorphosis is the reason I started blogging in the first place. It all started with this post that I happened to stumble upon one Sunday morning. After reading it, I promptly created my first blog and started writing. Since then I have reignited my passion for writing and food and it has completely changed my life.
But speaking of food…
Whenever the seasons start to change and the weather gets warmer, I find myself inevitably looking for easy, fresh, fruit-filled desserts. Personally, I like to think that if a dessert has fruit in it, it is somewhat healthy and therefore totally acceptable to eat more of…
Especially when paired with chocolate and fresh whipped cream.
Even more so when the fruit is soaked in some bubbly, refreshing Prosecco.
Trust me when I tell you, this parfait is one of the easiest desserts I have ever made. It does take some time to soak the strawberries in Prosecco, but it is sooooo worth the wait. The strawberries soak up the bubbly fun and literally burst in your mouth with flavor (and booze).
This dessert is exactly the kind of sweet, light, and satisfying dish you crave on those warm summer nights.
Drunken Strawberry Parfait
16 oz fresh strawberries
1 bottle Prosecco
1 bar of dark chocolate
2 cups whipping cream
1 tbsp sugar
Fresh mint for garnish
Cut the tops off the strawberries and place in a jar or any other container with a lid (I used a tupperware container). Fill the jar/container of strawberries with Prosecco until berries are completely covered. Put the lid on and let the strawberries soak for 20 to 24hrs in the fridge.
When you are ready to assemble your parfaits, start by making the whipped cream. Add 2 cups of whipping cream to the bowl of a stand mixer (you can also use a hand-held electronic mixer) with 1 tbsp sugar and whip until soft peaks form.
Now it’s time to make some chocolate shavings (don’t worry, it is actually VERY easy to do this and will make you look like a pro). To shave the chocolate, use any regular vegetable peeler. All you have to do is pretend like you are peeling the end of the chocolate bar (I started on the short end of the bar and just peeled straight down the edge). You will end up with cute little shavings of chocolate, perfect for sprinkling on your parfait.
Remove strawberries from jar and slice thinly. Begin with a layer of sliced strawberries, then a layer of whipped cream, and a hefty sprinkle of chocolate shavings. Repeat at least one more time (or more if you are working with a bigger serving vessel). Garnish with mint and serve immediately.