Sweet Cherry Parfait
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Serves: 8 large parfaits
Indulge in this treat and feel really good about yourself while you’re at it. Sweet Bing Cherries with a hint of Brandy are layered with sweetened Greek Yogurt. Tastes decadent, but don’t let that fool you. It’s so full of good-for-you things you can have it for breakfast, enjoy for lunch, or what the heck? Make it a dessert.
  • 4-5 cups fresh sweet cherries, washed, pitted, and halved
  • 1-cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • ⅛-teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Brandy or alcohol of your choice
  • 32 ounces low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Agave (or honey to taste)
  1. In a large saucepan, combine cherries and water.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Pour over cherries and stir to mix.
  3. Cook cherries on the stovetop over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils. Add butter, and then add Brandy. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking on a low simmer until cherries are softened – this will probably take about five minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside. When mixture gets to room temperature, chill in refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. For the Greek Yogurt: Place yogurt in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight. This will create a thick yogurt that resembles softened cream cheese. Stir in agave or honey and taste – you might like it a little sweeter, and just add some more if you do.
  6. To serve: Using a parfait glass or fruit jar (or whatever you feel like for that matter), dollop a layer of the sweetened yogurt in the bottom, add a layer of the cherry mixture, then repeat. That’s all there is to it – dive right in.
  7. Note: If you happen to make more parfaits than you can eat (ha ha), just cover and store and chill. This keeps beautifully in the refrigerator and looks great the next day.
Recipe by Bird's Nest Bites at https://birdsnestbites.com/sweet-cherry-parfait/