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Whipped Lemon Cheesecake and Blueberry Parfaits Recipe

Light and airy dessert with a bright, fresh flavor.
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Instructions

  1. Add the cream cheese to a stand mixer and beat it for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. This is important, so don't rush this step. You can also use a hand mixer.
  2. Slowly pour in the sweetened condensed milk and continue beating until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the powdered sugar, Greek yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the lemons and whipped cream.
  4. Using a zester, gently drag it along the outside skin of the lemon to create thin strands of zest. Continue doing this all around both lemons until there are no more bare spots. Be careful not to get the white part because that can be bitter. When all the zest is removed, squeeze the juice through a strainer and set it aside.
  5. Add the heavy whipping cream to a very cold bowl, and beat for 1 to 2 minutes or until stiff peaks form. You'll know the whipped cream is ready when you can lift the beaters out of the bowl and it doesn't fall off.
  6. Remove the cheesecake filling from the refrigerator and add the whipped cream.
  7. Using a spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake filling. Fold from the bottom to the top, and continue going around the bowl until it is thoroughly mixed in. Be sure to not vigorously stir this, or you will deflate the whipped cream and it won't be as light and airy.
  8. When the cheesecake mixture is done, put it in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours. This allows the filling to set up and enhances the lemon flavor.
  9. To assemble the parfaits, add the desired amount of cheesecake filling to a dessert dish followed by some blueberries and toasted almonds.
  10. To make it pretty, you can add a mint leaf, a sprinkling of lemon zest, and a small slice of lemon on top.