Friday, June 5, 2009

Harmonious Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Parfait

I came across this dessert in a magazine and thought it looked interesting. So I decided to recreate it and change a few ingredients to make it more approachable (they prepared a fancy lemon custard from scratch for the middle layer where I used instant banana pudding).

The first thing that interested me about this dessert was it looked awesome! However I was more drawn to it because its layers reminded me of the three main components of a song. Low notes (bass), high notes (treble) and balance. When they work in harmony you know you have something special. I figured the same must apply to this dessert because it seemed to have the same configuration.

The plain yogurt on the bottom reminded me of low bass notes, as it is sour. The strawberry puree on top is quite sweet so I thought of that as the high treble notes. On their own each can be a little overpowering so they required the banana pudding to compliment them and give the whole dessert balance.

When you combine all the flavors on your spoon you get perfect harmony. It’s like your favorite song…but you get to eat it! Give it try!

Harmonious Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Parfait

Instant banana pudding
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
4 small glasses

Prepare banana pudding as per package directions. Set aside.

Place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more sugar if needed.

To assemble, half fill each glass with yogurt. Top with banana pudding, then the strawberry puree. Serve.

Volume: Makes 4 to 6 servings

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie

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