Ice Cream Parfait

A French parfait is typically a frozen custard, but in America the dessert is most known for the tall glass that it comes in while the ingredients can vary widely. Ice cream is common favorite in a parfait, but you can also use sorbet, sherbet, yogurt, and myriad other ingredients for a sophisticated dessert.

Fun-Day Sundae Parfait

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Make these layered frozen yogurt parfaits as a healthy desserts for kids.

Total: 15 mins

Cookies-and-Cream Parfaits

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Kids love layering the strawberries, cream and crushed cookies in the parfait glasses as much as they love eating this luscious dessert.

Total: 40 mins

Red, White and Blue Parfaits

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You can substitute raspberry or strawberry low-fat yogurt for the vanilla in these easy-to-make fruit parfaits. Serve them at your next patriotic gathering. A diabetic favorite.

Total: 15 mins

Sorbet-Melon Parfaits

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This so-easy summer cooler is the ideal addition to a collection of low-calorie dessert recipes. Top melon balls with sorbet and a splash of sparkling wine.

Total: 15 mins

Tropical Panna Cotta Parfaits

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The key ingredient to transform whole milk and low-fat buttermilk into panna cotta: gelatin. This fruity dessert looks restaurant-worthy, but is a cinch to make.

Strawberry and Rhubarb with Cheesecake Cream

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Spring's classic pie combo layers beautifully with a sweet cream cheese custard. Top with shortbread cookie or graham cracker crumbles for a bit of "crust."

Total: 20 mins

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

When temperatures climb and the daylight hours stretch long into the evening, you can bet the "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are here. And what better way to mark the most relaxing part of the year than to break out the ice cream maker and learn how to make homemade ice cream? Different than store bought varieties, homemade ice cream tends to have a softer consistency. It's also cheaper per serving, allows you the opportunity to use purer ingredients (and leave out preservatives or other additives) and offers great potential for experimenting with flavors and add-ins.

How to Make Peach Cobbler

Whether you call it a crisp, crumble, brown betty, buckle, grunt, slump, pandowdy or cobbler, deep-dish fruit desserts can be enjoyed by everyone -- even family members who are watching their weight or cholesterol. This recipe for how to make peach cobbler is a heart-healthy alternative to the cobblers grandma used to make, but it stays true to the freshness and taste you expect from a homemade fruit dessert. Made with "good" fat in the form of canola oil, skim-milk and less than a cup of sugar, this dessert will please the whole family, and no one will know it's actually good for them.

How to Make Tiramisu

If you're a fan of espresso (or coffee in general), learn how to make tiramisu. In Italian, the name literally translates to "pick me up" because coffee is a major component.

How to Make Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is beloved nationwide, but it's especially revered in the South, where it seems that pecans fall from the trees like little gifts from the heavens. Native Americans had long known the pleasures of the nut they named "pacane" (translation: "nut to be cracked with a rock"), but it was French immigrants who turned the nuts into one of America's most loved pies after they settled in New Orleans and discovered the joys of having so many pecan trees in their yard. We say, merci beaucoup!

How to Make Pumpkin Bread

We can thank Native Americans for helping make pumpkin bread a fall classic. Native Americans commonly used pumpkins for food and pumpkin vines as a material to make woven mats, and they were the ones who introduced European settlers to pumpkin. The settlers combined Old World cooking ideas with the new ingredients they encountered in the New World, leading to a variety of new dishes, pumpkin bread among them.

How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Once you know how to make a strawberry banana smoothie, you won't have to worry about your children getting their recommended daily servings of fruit. Children who might resist eating fruit will eagerly drink up this delicious, frothy beverage.

How to Make Chocolate Pie

Knowing how to make chocolate pie from scratch is a dying art. Not many of us have the time and patience to cook custard to just the right consistency and painstakingly roll out pie crusts. This quick version of chocolate pie can be whipped up in the morning for the perfect dessert by dinnertime: Pudding mix and melted chocolate chips keep the process fast but maintain the deep, rich flavor of the traditional chocolate custard.

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