12 Finest Citrus Parfait Recipes


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Parfaits are one of those simple sweet treats that can be put together in no time, often with ingredients you already have on hand. While some parfait recipes reveal the combination of ingredients by name, others have a hidden burst of citrus flavors hidden inside. Whether it’s the family’s favorite orange juice or fresh lemon and lime, they all have their place on your menu with sweet treats.

What is a parfait?

Parfaits are originally from France and were originally made from layers of flavored pudding that was either served frozen or cold. Fast forward to today we’re making parfaits, served in pretty glasses with a variety of ingredients used as layers. The sky is the limit with ingredients. You can see ice cream, yogurt, or pudding for layers and trimmings like fresh fruit, nuts, and granola, drizzled with flavored syrups.

The benefits of including citrus in parfaits

  • Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are loaded with vitamin C and fiber, among other things.
  • Pudding and yogurt can be paired with fresh citrus peel to add another layer of flavor.
  • Fresh orange, lemon, and lime peel brighten the taste of desserts and add a refreshing tartness to balance the sweet layers of parfaits.
  • Citrus fruits improve and maintain the integrity of most fruits and berries. It also helps to delay the oxidation of other fruits like bananas, apples, and pears.

This collection of 12 best Parfait recipes with citrus fruits can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert or as a snack. There’s just no wrong time of day to serve a layered parfait!

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About the author:

Melissa Sperka is the creator, editor, recipe developer and photographer of Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen blog. After winning the National Flour Power! In the baking competition she also gained national attention with her blue ribbon Nested Potato Skins, which was featured in Southern Living Magazine. She is also a published author; Her new book, Melissa’s Southern Cookbook: Best Family Recipes, is available now. For Melissa, the “southern style” is not just about regional food, but also about serving homemade dishes with grace, charm and a healthy dose of southern hospitality. Homemade family dishes are always on the menu in Melissa’s kitchen.