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Raspberry Cream Parfait ~ Flashback Friday

We are having a big celebration in Canada tomorrow, as we mark 150 years since confederation.  I'm bringing back a dessert idea that I shared here a few years ago, but this time with Canada Day twist.  Serving up desserts in wee mason jars makes them perfect for picnics and parties. 

The original recipe had a chocolate crumb crust, but I used the graham cracker crust this time.

Graham Wafer Base:

  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
Cream Filling:
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 oz. / 125 ml cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  Raspberry Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed raspberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Prepare raspberry sauce.  Combine raspberries, sugar and three tablespoons of water. Blend cornstarch with 1 1/2 tablespoons water until smooth; stir into berry mixture. Cook until mixture thickens and boils, stirring regularly. (Can be done in the microwave).  Add lemon juice. Set aside to cool.
  2. To prepare the base, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.  
  3. Pack crumbs into the bottom of 10 parfait glasses (or 10 x 125 ml. mason jars).
  4. For cream filling: Combine whipping cream, sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff.  In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and icing sugar; beat until smooth.  Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and whip to combine well.
  5. Carefully add cream layer to the parfait glasses. * 
  6. Spoon cooled raspberry sauce over whipped cream layer.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Just before serving, garnish with additional whipped cream, fresh and fresh berries.
 Serves 10.

* Put whipped cream mixture into a Ziploc bag, seal and snip corner. Squeeze into serving dishes without making a mess.

Tip: By adding a few blueberries on top, we can also celebrate the July 4th. My sincere apologizes to our American friends for the wee American flag that was upside down on the photo with blueberries that appeared here earlier.  How did I not notice that when I took the picture?


  1. Such a pretty dessert. You ladies have been putting up so many yummy desserts lately I am having a hard time deciding which one to use for our Canada Day celebrations.

  2. I was so busy looking at the berries, I didn't notice the flag either. Beautiful dessert. It was nice of you to think of our USA's July 4th celebration! Thanks for all you girls do.

  3. That looks so yummy!
    Have a great week-end!

  4. Oh my, this looks yum and so pretty too! A perfect dessert for our holiday weekend. Thanks for sharing and Happy Canada Day weekend!


  5. Happy Canada Day from KY! I didn't notice the flag either until someone mentioned it. ;) Apology accepted. :-) ~Elaine