Dairy Farmers of Canada

Lemon Raspberry Parfait

This recipe is taken from the 2005 Milk Calendar. Everybody likes parfaits and these will bring raves from all who eat them. Top with pieces of butter cookie and lemon rind for a decadent presentation.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
  • Refrigeration: 1 h - 8 h
Yields 4 parfaits
lemon raspberry parfait


  • 2 cups (500 mL) Milk
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) cornstarch
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) grated lemon rind
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) fresh or thawed, frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) coarsely crumbled butter cookies
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In saucepan, heat 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) of milk with sugar over medium heat, just until steaming. Stir to dissolve sugar.

Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk into cornstarch until smooth. Whisk in lemon rind and eggs until blended. In thin steady stream, gradually whisk about half of the hot milk into egg mixture. Gradually whisk back into saucepan and cook, whisking gently, for about 5 min or until thickened to pudding consistency. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, butter and vanilla. Transfer to cool bowl and place plastic wrap directly on surface.

Refrigerate until cooled, but not set, about 30 to 60 min.

Place a heaping teaspoon (5 mL) of cookie crumbs in the bottom of four stemmed parfait or wine glasses. Place a few raspberries on top of cookies. Divide half of lemon pudding among the glasses. Sprinkle with half of remaining cookie crumbs and raspberries. Pour in remaining pudding and sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs and raspberries.

Refrigerate until chilled, 30 to 60 min or for up to 8 hours.


For the Adventurous:Reduce lemon juice to 2 tbsp (30 mL) and add 1 tbsp (15 mL) brandy to lemon pudding and stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped crystallized ginger with butter. Add a layer of sweetened real whipped cream on top of each lemon layer.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 583 Calories
Protein: 12 g
Carbohydrate: 91 g
Fat: 20 g
Fibre: 3 g
Sodium: 299 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 18 % / 198 mg
Folate: 25 %
Riboflavin: 35 %
Vitamin B12: 38 %
Vitamin D: 31 %