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Red Cherry & Waffle Parfait

While Christmas’s eve is just tomorrow, for those who’re worried about what to prepare for the last-minute dessert that will be this recipe we are sharing – No-bake Red Cherry & Waffle Parfait. It’s easy to make and it’s a total no-brainer holiday’s menu quick-fix. Layers of quick sautéed red cherries, fresh whipped cream, and Belgian waffles make this no-bake waffle parfait a total spotlight on your Christmas party.

We gave in and purchased a few kilograms of red cherries. Besides grabbing a huge handful and devouring them all in a matter of minutes. If you are a cherry fanatic and need an excuse to eat them first thing in the morning, you’re going to love this healthy cherry waffle parfait recipe!

Red Cherry is in the Season now.

During this time of the year, we will always find red cherries in the market and usually, they are from Australia. Based on our research, their first cherry harvest starts in October/November in the eastern mainland states and extends through to late February with the majority of cherry crops harvested during December and January. Therefore we are so lucky to grab tons of our favourites during this season.

To make the sautée cherries to make it become tender, and the juices concentrate into a gorgeous light sauce simply in a pot combine cherries, lemon juice, and sugar. Smoosh cherries slightly with a fork to break them down. Cook, stirring occasionally until cherries soften and liquid thickens and evaporates almost entirely about 20 minutes. Please allow cooling to room temperature before assembling parfaits.

There’s no baking required

When coming to the holiday party we always worried that we don’t prepare enough food for our guest. And while we are busy with all the preparation for mains and sides, we want to make something that won’t fail for especially the cocktail and the dessert. Therefore, this recipe would be the saver for your holiday serving. We love this idea of no baking as usually this period the oven will be mainly taken by the roasted meat and vegetables. Thus to have dessert in the oven too, we may not able to serve the meal at all.

This recipe uses a quick sautée method to cook the cherries into the most lovely spoon fruits of sorts. You can easily double this recipe if you want to make a big batch, and save half to put over your morning yoghurt, or spread on top of a piece of toast.

xoxo, Angela

Red Cherry & Waffle Parfait

Ingredients

  • For the quick sautéed cherries
  • 3 cups black cherries, pitted (save a few whole cherries for garnishing on top)

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • For the rest
  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 8 Belgian waffles, broken into pieces

Method

  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine cherries, lemon juice, and sugar. Smoosh cherries slightly with a fork to break them down. Cook, stirring occasionally until cherries soften and liquid thickens and evaporates almost entirely about 20 minutes. Allow cooling to room temperature before assembling parfaits.
  • Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, whip heavy cream and sugar to soft peaks. Spoon layers of whipped cream, Belgian waffle pieces, and quick sautéed cherries into glasses, top with whole cherries, and serve!

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