- 2 pkg. of cream cheese (8 oz)
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 pkg fat free vanilla instant pudding (4 serving size)
- 1 cup whipping cream
- meringues (buy them already made, or follow a recipe like this one)
- berries (I used strawberries for Canada Day and added blueberries for 4th of July)
Today, I’m going to share a delicious (and I mean de-LISH-ous) recipe that you can make for Canada Day or 4th of July. Oh, and I have a very important safety lesson to share with y’all as well.
When it comes to recipes, especially desserts, I like to stay inside my comfort zone. What comfort zone is that? Cream cheese and peanut butter. Pretty much every recipe I make has one, or both, of these ingredients in it – no fail. (My husband says sarcastically that I would make a great chef.)
To make this yummy Cheesecake and Meringue Parfait, you will need…
Start my beating the cream cheese. Then, slowly beat in the milk. Add the pudding mix. Then, transfer to another bowl (if you are using a stand mixer, or grab a new bowl if you are using a hand mixer), and whip your cream. Once the cream is whipped, reserve about 3/4 cup for garnishing and then carefully FOLD the remainder into the cream cheese mixture. Make sure to fold, and not stir or beat, because you don’t want to lose the air you just whipped into your cream.
To layer, I started with cream cheese mixture, then crumbled meringues, then berries. I added another layer of meringue and cream cheese mixture, and then topped it with a dollop of whipped cream. I added some berries to garnish the top as well.
I added some cute washi tape around the jars and then added the washi tape to the lollipop sticks as well that held the cute little tags. Adorable, right?
Now… to the safety lesson of this post. See this cute arrangement that I had set up?
Well… immediately after I took this picture to check my lighting, a strong wind blew in, the whole thing blew over, all of the sparklers lit up, which caught the backdrop paper on fire, as well as the shoe boxes behind it. I had to run and get a bucket of water as I freaked out and pictured my house burning down. Here’s the after shot of the above picture.
Not so pretty! I quickly changed my set up for safety reasons (and plus, I had no sparklers left)… so be careful out there, and maybe don’t try that at home 🙂