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Lemon Burst Parfaits

Last week I came across a recipe for Lemon Creme Puffs and just knew I had to try them.  Do you do that?  See a recipe  and run out to make it ASAP!  I do.  And this was one of those recipes that just spoke to me.  Why?  Because I love lemon, the creme puff recipe seemed so simple (I had never made them before) and who doesn’t love creme puffs!

So I whipped up a batch for our 4th of July party and they were delicious.  The only problem was, I now had about 1 1/2 cups of lemon curd left over in my fridge.  So I had to find a way to use up that goodness… so I mixed up these light and fluffy Lemon Burst Parfaits.

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A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.
Lemon is my flavor of choice during the summer.  If you looked at my Pinterest board you would see loads of delicious lemon recipes.  My husband noticed the trend as I was reading off recipes that I wanted to try.  It’s funny how I didn’t realize I was gravitating towards the lemon recipes until he pointed it out.  Oh well, when something is amazing, why not go for it!

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.

The best part of this recipe, it is quick and easy to put together.  You can whip out a delicious and fancy dessert in minutes for the summer.  No need to turn on the oven, but don’t worry, it tastes like you put tons of time into it!

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.

So if you are ready to whip up some dessert, grab your mixer.  You will need to start by whipping 1 cup of whipping cream until stiff peaks form.  In another bowl, beat 4 oz cream cheese and 3/4 cup lemon curd together until smooth.  Then add in the zest of 1 lemon and the whipped cream.  Fold it all together.

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.

Grab your graham cracker crumbs.  I don’t like to buy graham cracker crumbs, they are expensive and then I have to use them all up before they go stale.  If I buy graham crackers, I can just give them a quick swirl in my food processor and then I have crumbs, and my kids will eat the rest of the box and we are all happy!

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.

Now you are ready to layer up your parfaits!

Divide 1 cup graham cracker crumbs between 8 half-pint canning jars.  Then place a dollop of lemon curd on top of it.  Finish it off with the cream cheese mixture.  Garnish with a cherry or other fun summer fruit and serve!

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.

If you want to use these for a large gathering, you can divide the layers up in cupcake liners and get 12-15 little parfaits.  I then put them in the freezer so they would be a frozen treat, but make sure to let them sit out for about 10 minutes before serving so they can soften up a bit.

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.

What are your favorite flavors for summer?  Add in a little lemon to make your summer shine 🙂

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.

Lemon Burst Parfaits

Yield: 8 parfaits
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. You can whip up these parfaits in 15 minutes but they look and taste like a fancy dessert that took all day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon curd (separated)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

Instructions

  1. Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup of the lemon curd with mixer until smooth.
  3. Fold in the lemon zest and whipped cream.
  4. Divide graham cracker crumbs between 8 half pint jars.
  5. Top with the remaining 3/4 cups lemon curd divided between the jars.
  6. Finish with the cream cheese mixture divided between the jars.
  7. Garnish and serve!

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A light-as-air Lemon Burst Parfait is perfect for summer. Recipe from Houseful of Handmade.-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

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Jody Cowan

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

These look amazing! I really do want to try them. I love lemon anything! I'm glad I found you on the Create Link Inspire Party! Following you on Pinterest(Jody53) , Instagram and more.

Kati Farrer

Thursday 7th of April 2016

Thanks so much for visiting Jody! I too love lemon anything, I hope you get a chance to try them :)

Marie

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

These look super yummy! What a fresh and tasty dessert treat. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!

Kati Farrer

Thursday 7th of April 2016

Thanks Marie, they are the perfect treat for warm weather.

Lou Lou Girls

Monday 20th of July 2015

I'm loving this! Pinned and tweeted! I always love your creations, thanks for sharing this with us! I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Thanks for sharing :)

Joann Woolley

Friday 17th of July 2015

This sounds like a really good dessert! Must pin now.

Kati Farrer

Friday 17th of July 2015

Thanks Joann! It is really good :) I have enjoyed eating them when the kids go to bed so I didn't have to share!

Lacey

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

This look delish! A perfect summer dessert and everyone knows that things are 1000% times better when served in mason jars!!

Kati Farrer

Thursday 16th of July 2015

I agree, they are definitely better in mason jars, but I am pretty sure it's because you get a nice big portion doing it that way :)

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