For the Walnut Crust
1 C walnuts
1/4 C melted butter
2 T brown sugar
For the Blackberry Syrup
10 oz package of frozen Oregon Blackberries - reserve 6-10 berries for garnish
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/8 C water
For the Whipped Cream & Cheesecake Whip
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
16 oz of cream cheese (room temperature)
2 t of vanilla
1/4 C granulated sugar
1/8th C of blackberry syrup
Walnut Crust Steps
Pulse walnuts, melted butter, and brown sugar in a food processor.
Blackberry Syrup Steps
Put water, sugar, and blackberries in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally so that the sugar doesn’t burn.
Cook down and simmer until the mixture thickens. (About 10 minutes.) Continue to stir.
Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve reserving the liquid. Let the syrup cool in the fridge while you complete the rest of the steps.
Whipped Cream & Cheesecake Whip Steps
Make whipped cream – whip the heavy whipping cream with a hand mixer (or whisk) until peaks begin to form. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/8th cup of sugar and continue whipping until peaks are well formed. Don’t overwhip as you’ll get sweet butter instead of whipped cream. Set aside two cups of whipped cream.
Whip cream cheese – whip up the cream cheese with a hand mixer or whisk until softened. Mix the cream cheese with the remaining whipped cream. Split the mixture into two bowls.
Vanilla Cheesecake Whip – take one of the cream cheese/ whipped cream mixtures add the remaining 1/8th cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well.
Blackberry Cheesecake Whip – take the remaining cream cheese/whipped cream mixture and add in 1/8th cup of chilled blackberry syrup. Mix well. This mixture will be thinner than the previous mixture.
Chill – place the whipped cream, vanilla cheesecake whip, and blackberry cheesecake whip in the fridge for 30 minutes before building your parfait.
Build – after the mixtures have chilled, build your parfaits. Layer in jam or pre-made curd to knock this dessert out of the park! Top the mixture with blackberry syrup and garnish with frozen blackberries.