Sweetie Strawberry Cannoli Parfaits

>> Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Inspired by Food Network 

1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 tablespoons sugar
1 lime juice
2/3 cup heavy cream (See note)
1/3 cup powdered sugar (See note)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted pistachios, chopped, optional
24 almond-flavored crisp cookies, crushed
Miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional
ladyfingers for decoration (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, and lime juice. Let stand until juices form and toss to coat the strawberries.

In a large bowl, whip the cream with the confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form (tips curl). In a medium bowl, stir half of the whipped cream into the ricotta to lighten it. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream and cinnamon. Fold the pistachios into cream mixture.

Place a layer of crushed cookies in each of 4 parfait glasses. Top each with a layer of strawberry slices and then cannoli cream. Repeat layering. If desired, top with miniature chocolate chips and ladyfingers.  Enjoy!

Store-bought whipped cream can be used instead of heavy cream and powdered sugar to make it quicker.


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