Simple to make yet bursting with flavour. Tender sponge cake layered with roasted strawberries and vanilla bean whipped cream. The roasted strawberries take this dessert over the top! Then the vanilla bean whipped cream takes it to the next level. It's light, fluffy and speckled with vanilla seeds. Seriously addictive and makes such a beautiful presentation! It's sure to impress your guests!
I just love strawberry season. It's one of my favourite times of the year. My daughter, who I refer to often as mini-me, works at one of our local grocery stores in the produce section. She scopes out what looks good and gives me a heads up when they find amazing local suppliers. The strawberries they brought in recently were out of this world. Ripe to perfection and just so naturally sweet it almost seemed to good to be true. I was whipping up desserts left and right with them. Plus eating copious amounts of them as I prepared dishes with the delicious berries. I swear my fingers have been stained red for weeks, with no signs of slowing down.
When the Dairy Farmers of Canada emailed me last month asking me to jump into the next cream challenge I had to say yes. Someone else had to back out at the last-minute so I was on a time crunch to come up with a recipe for them. I never panic when it comes to dessert. Quick and easy desserts are sort of my thing. I think it comes from having kids. Over the years I've had so many impromptu sleepovers, and pool parties that ended up with me having a ton of kids in my house. So I learned how to pull together desserts that make them happy without completely busting my bank account wide open. I've also had years of experience with people popping in around lunch or dinner. When the kids were young the B household had an open door policy with family and friends. It led to feeding lots of extra folks, usually at the last minute and on a tight budget.
I make a ton of ice cream so I always have heavy cream in the fridge. So when I need to make a dessert and I'm flying by the seat of my pants I immediately grab the heavy cream and start homemade whipped cream. While it's whirring in the stand mixer I scour the pantry for cookies or cakes we might have on hand. Sponge cake, brownies, ladyfingers, even chocolate chips cookies or granola make for a perfect quick parfait base. Then I hit the fridge again to see what fruit I have on hand. Since mini-me works at the store we always have something good hiding in the fridge. My motto is use what you have. You can whip up amazing desserts with a little creativity.
For this one I roasted the strawberries in the oven. I hate turning on my oven in the summer and have a 15 minute rule if it's hot. Anything that takes longer than that either gets grilled or doesn't get made till a cool day. Luckily berries roast quickly. If it is too hot where you live you can grill these. It's easy peasy to grill fruit, I do it often.
The whipped cream has flecks of vanilla in it. I took vanilla beans, split them open and scraped out all that luscious vanilla yumminess. Vanilla beans have seeds inside of them, so you just cut them down the middle, pry them open and you can take a knife and slide it down the pod to scrape out all the seeds. It's almost like a paste. You just mix that in your heavy cream and you will have the most delicious whipping cream in the world. Not even kidding. It's a mood altering, life changing, When Harry Met Sally kind of moment when you take your first bite of it.
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Roasted Strawberry Parfaits with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream
- 1 package of store bought sponge cake. I used a package of 6 mini ones, or homemade
For the Roasted Strawberries:
- 6 cups fresh strawberries washed, hulled and sliced in half
- ½ cup sugar I used vanilla sugar which is just sugar with vanilla beans scraped into it
- Juice of 1 fresh orange
For the Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream:
- 2 cups 35% cream
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar I used vanilla sugar for that extra oomph
- 2 vanilla beans split open and scraped
For the Roasted Strawberries:
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper (important so the juices do not overflow in your oven). Set aside.
- Hull your strawberries then cut them in half. Now rinse your strawberries. Pat them dry. Place them in a medium sized bowl.
- Add the sugar and orange juice. Stir really well. Let stand while the oven preheats. Now place them cut side down on your parchment paper. Pour the juice over top of them as evenly as possible.
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven and roast for about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven and how soft you want your berries.
- Remove and allow to cool if desired. You can serve this with warm roasted berries or cold roasted berries. Both ways are incredible.
- You can also grill these to save heating up your house. Same instructions, but use indirect heat or low heat so they don't burn.
For the Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream:
- In a stand mixer (or a bowl with a hand mixer) combine the 35% cream, granulated sugar, and the scrapings from the inside of the vanilla bean. Discard the bean or use them in sugar to make vanilla sugar.
- Now, turn the mixer on low speed until the cream just starts to thicken. Then turn it up to high and mix until whipped cream is fluffy and has soft peaks.
- You can dollop this with a spoon or transfer it to a piping bag for a prettier presentation if desired. Make sure you keep the whipped cream cold until you are ready to put the parfaits together!
- Set aside either on the counter or in the fridge while you make the whipped cream.
Putting it all together:
- Line each of the 6 parfait or mini trifle dishes with cut up pieces of sponge cake. Make sure to divide evenly.
- Now, take about ¼ of the roasted strawberry mixture and lay over top of the sponge cake. Spoon out extra juices over top of the sponge cake to moisten it.
- Now, pipe whipping cream over top of each dish evenly and top with roasted strawberries.
- These can be eaten immediately or placed in the fridge for an hour or two before serving. Serve with a big old strawberries and cream smile!
These were also featured on the 100% Canadian Milk Anyday Magic Website as part of a cream challenge.
Other desserts I've done for Anyday Magic:
More Strawberry Goodness:
Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing and Walnuts by Cravings of a Lunatic
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Strawberries by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Simply Recipes
Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips by The Girl Who Ate Everything
Tune in next time for:
An Epic Ice Cream Round Up
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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
VOTED!! Now pass one of these parfaits, will ya? 🙂
Ha, I adore you so you can have two. xx
I love roasted strawberries! They have a whole 'nother dimension when roasted. Great looking parfait. I'll definitely check out the recipe, and hit that "vote" button too!
Me too. There's just something about roasted fruit. I can't get enough of it in summer. I love grilling it too. Thanks so much John. xx
Voted. I have a few out of season strawberries in my fridge that are a bit tasteless. Roasting them might be the answer for popping on top of the little chocolate tarts I made yesterday. Handy having a daughter working in a food store.
I think that would be an awesome way to reinvigorate over ripe berries.
She is always telling me what's on sale and what looks good. It's a great thing.
Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
I want to live and die for that vanilla whipped cream
I have another parfait with it coming up soon. I am addicted now.
This takes strawberries and cream to a whole new level 😀
Delicious! And voted!
Thanks lady. I appreciate it.
I love roasting strawberries, it gives them such a wonderful flavor! Your recipe is a perfect summertime treat:-) YUM, Hugs, Terra
It really does. There's just something so amazing that happens as they roast. I swear roasting fruit and veggies is like a compulsion in summer. I have to either roast or grill everything. It's so much fun. Thanks so much Terra, hope you are enjoying your summer. xx
Strawberries are the best! I want to lick that fresh whipped cream right from the bowl.
Ha, right there with you my friend.
Voted! 🙂 The parfaits look killer!
Thank you so much Nessa. xx
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
I tried to vote. My postal code "is not valid". Got one I can use? They don't like Australian postal codes.
I love this parfait!
Ugh, I wish all contests were world wide. I feel your pain Maureen, us Canucks can barely enter anything. But thanks for trying to vote lady. And thanks, it's a wicked good parfait. I ate one with hot strawberries and one with cold strawberries just for quality control of course. Total tie in my book. Perfect both ways.
Voted!! (For cream, not you. Get over yourself.)
Bah ha ha. Cannot stop laughing.
Becca from ItsYummi.com
VOTED! Now pass me the parfait and nobody gets hurt... DANG, those strawberries look delish!
Thanks lady. I may have eaten yours but I'll totally make more. xx
Gorgeous parfait Kim!! If only I qualified to vote, I totally would've have voted for this recipe xx
Thanks so much Jaime. No worries. We're Canucks, it's all in good fun. xx
Angie | Big Bear's Wife
Quick and easy is my kind of dessert! Just voted!
Thanks Angie. xx
kelly @ kellybakes
I've never roasted strawberries before, can you believe it? But looking at these gorgeous parfaits, I want to dig out the ones in my freezer from the farmers market and give it a try!
You must give it a whirl lady. Like immediately. They are so good roasted. Hope you're enjoying your summer Kelly. I wish I was going to BSP, I pulled out for health reasons. No conferences till Mixed. Hopefully by then I'll be travelling easier. Big hugs.
Roasted strawberries... what a clever idea. 🙂 I would eat two parfaits (at least). 🙂 Heading over to vote now. 🙂
Yay... got my vote in. 🙂
Thanks so much lady. xx
Kate from Scratch
Yum! You had me at roasted strawberries, honestly. These look divine!