Neapolitan Shortcake Parfait

What a sweet deal! Serve this refreshing shortcake parfait recipe made with a layering that makes it all the more impressive.

Yield

8 to 10 parfaits

Ingredients

4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated (white) sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 (6 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1 tablespoon shortening
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
additional strawberries, if desired

Directions

Chill a medium mixing bowl. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.

To make shortcakes: In medium bowl, mix flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, the baking powder and salt. Stir in milk and butter until soft dough forms. Onto baking sheet, drop dough by 8 heaping tablespoonfuls.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.

In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on medium 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted.

In the chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.

Break shortcakes into bite-size pieces. In parfait glasses, alternate layers of shortcake, strawberries, chocolate mixture and whipped cream. Garnish with additional strawberries.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (1 parfait): Calories 600 (Calories from Fat 305); Total Fat 34 g (Saturated Fat 20 g); Cholesterol 80 mg; Sodium 550 mg; Total Carbohydrate 71 g (Dietary Fiber 4 g); Protein 7 g

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