Dessert/ Puddings & Custards

Raspberry Meringue Parfaits

Here’s a little eye candy for your Monday morning!

On the 4th of July, Adam and I had dinner at one of our favorite little local spots, Bar Bocce. Bar Bocce is this fun little restaurant/cafe in Sausalito that serves the most amazing wood-fired pizzas (and yes, it’s called Bar Bocce because there’s a bocce ball court right outside, which I don’t attempt to go near). Anyway, they have on their menu this dessert called something like “berry bliss” or “bar bocce bliss” and it’s a parfait with meringue, vanilla ice cream and housemade raspberry sauce.


Sometimes this chocoholic just needs a sweet, fruity dessert, you know what I mean? And I kinda have a thing for meringue. I think I’ve talked about that on here before. Meringue reminds me of my mom, who is actually coming to visit for a WEEK tomorrow!!!!!!! Can you tell I’m a bit excited?

So, for these parfaits, I made an easy homemade raspberry sauce (don’t you just love raspberry sauce?! I do) and combined it with some crunchy meringues and vanilla ice cream. The end result tasted almost like a strawberry milkshake, with crunchy cookie bits scattered within.

I can’t wait to see my mom.

I have a few things planned for when she’s here, like kayaking near the house boats in Richardson Bay, “hiking” Mt. Tam (and by hiking, I mean driving to the top of the mountain and walking around to see the view before driving down and getting a glass of wine), visiting the ferry building farmer’s market and going wine tasting. My mom is literally my best friend and we only see each other a couple times a year, so when we get together I try to go all out.

I wasn’t going to announce this yet, but my mom is also traveling around with me on my book tour this fall! I will be announcing those dates and locations very, very soon.

But back to this dessert for a minute. Sure, the meringues are a little time-consuming (I won’t judge you if you use store bought) but after you have both the raspberry sauce and the meringues made, you can literally throw together this dessert in a minute. And it’s soooo good.

So good, in fact, that right after taking these lovely photos this happened:

Raspberry Meringue Parfaits

serves 2

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for raspberry sauce—

12 oz fresh raspberry, washed

1/2 cup water

3 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 drops red food coloring (optional)

for meringues—

3 egg whites, at room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

vanilla ice cream for serving

additional raspberries for serving


First, make the meringues. You can even do this a week ahead of time and keep them in the freezer! Meringues freeze wonderfully. To make the meringues, preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with either a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites until you can’t see the bottom of the bowl anymore. Then, with the mixer running, slowly add the sugar and cream of tartar. Continue beating until stiff, glossy peaks form (about 8 minutes).

Drop spoonfuls of meringue onto your prepared baking sheet (doesn’t have to be perfect, you are going to crumble up them later in the parfaits. Bake for 2 hours at 200 degrees then turn off the oven and let the meringues sit there for another hour OR overnight.

Now that you have your meringues, start your raspberry sauce! Combine the raspberries, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepot. Whisk together the cornstarch and cold water together in a measuring cup and then add that to the raspberry mixture. Bring to a simmer and then let simmer on low for about 20 minutes, until raspberries are all broken down. Take off the heat and add the vanilla extract and food coloring (optional).

Carefully transfer the raspberry sauce to a blender and process until smooth. Run through a sift after to get rid of any remaining seeds. Let cool.

To assemble parfaits, drizzle some raspberry sauce at the bottom of your glass. Then, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream followed by a meringue. Repeat until glass is filled and top with more raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.


total time: 4.5 hours

active time: 30 minutes


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  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    July 16, 2012 at 3:26 am

    That raspberry sauce looks sooo wonderful. I love fresh raspberries – they would have never made it into sauce in our house!

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    July 16, 2012 at 3:27 am

    These look AMAZING. Perfect summer food!

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    July 16, 2012 at 4:27 am

    This literally looks like summer happiness in a glass, to me and I’m not even sure why.. something about the pretty color of the sauce I think.! Great photos!

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    July 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Normally the chocolatier (yes I deem that a real word), denser, richer the dessert the better, but I just might have to try these out! Meringues are right up MY momma’s ally!

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    July 16, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Looks delicious, as always!

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    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    July 16, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Looks delicious!!! Raspberries . . . . yum!

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    July 16, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Have fun with your mom!!! I super-duper hope your book tour is coming somewhere by me! Ah, too many good things in one post. Love the looks of that dessert!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 16, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Oooh I love meringues, and my sister was a meringue-a-holic when she was younger! As kids, my mum would buy small boxes of them for my sister from the grocery store and she’d go and gobble them all up and leave crumbs all over the place. She’d think she’d died and gone to heaven if I made this for her! That’s so exciting that you’re getting to see your mom! My family are scattered across the globe too so when I do see them, it’s definitely special. Have fun, especially on your “hike”!

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    July 16, 2012 at 4:59 am

    I can’t waaait for your book to come out!
    And you needed to eat this baby right away or it’d melt. 😉

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
    July 16, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Ooooh – this looks gorgeous! I love the idea of adding meringues to a sundae!!

    Have a wonderful time with your mom! 🙂

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    July 16, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Mmmm! Almost as yummy as pavlova. Almost. 😉

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    Devon | the food bitch blog
    July 16, 2012 at 5:26 am

    That’s cool that the restaurant has a bocce court! One of my favorite places here in Jacksonville is a little Irish pub that sets up cornhole boards on the side walk. It makes me feel a little frat-boyish, but it’s still fun!

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    July 16, 2012 at 5:34 am

    My mom is definitely my best friend, too – love to see close mothers & daughters 🙂 I can’t wait to hear where your book tour will be!

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    July 16, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Looks delicious. I will be honest…I don’t usually like raspberries or blackberries because of the seeds. I know I can run it through a sifter but I am lazy and always just end up using blueberries. 🙂

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    Cait's Plate
    July 16, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Haha – I don’t blame you – the same thing would’ve happened to me if that thing was sitting in front of me!

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    July 16, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I want one for breakfast!

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    July 16, 2012 at 6:46 am

    These look absolutely divine and I love the tall glasses! I’m addicted to strawberries at the moment so might make this with them, although the raspberry sounds delicious too 🙂

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    Christine @ Take with Food
    July 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

    This looks delicious! I haven’t made meringues in a long time, so I’m feeling a bit inspired. I have no words for the raspberry sauce, drool.

    But my real comment is… please please make Boston a stop on your book tour!!! 🙂

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    July 16, 2012 at 6:54 am

    The raspberry parfait looks FABULOUS! Have fun with your mom. I hope your book tour comes to the DFW area.

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    July 16, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Fab dessert – thanks for sharing this! And mom’s are the BEST friends, aren’t they? 🙂

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    Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    July 16, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I love the vibrant color of that raspberry sauce!

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    July 16, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Delicious recipe and photos Jenna! Have a lovely time with your Mom. What fun!

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    July 16, 2012 at 7:51 am

    This looks great! I love raspberry syrup as well, my favorite thing to do is top cheesecake with it! I’m very excited for your book. I hope the tour brings you to or near Fayetteville, AR.

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    Caroline L.
    July 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

    This looks amazing! It really reminds me of soda fountains in the South from back in the day (not TOO long ago, haha!) where you could get malts and milkshakes that look like this!

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    July 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Delicious and gorgeous cold treat! I am excited for your book tour dates… I hope you go to Seattle and Portland… Have a fun filled week with your mom!

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat
    July 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Looks delish! Fruit and egg whites makes this a breakfast food right?

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    July 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Very delicious looking dessert – I got the chance to visit Bar Bocce a couple weeks ago when I went to SF for my bachelorette party!! We could have stayed there all day….the sangria, the scenery and the pizza were all to die for! I can see why it’s one of your fave places 🙂

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    July 16, 2012 at 8:46 am

    That’s how I “hike”, too. All hikes should end with wine.

    Exciting that your book tour is coming up, I can’t wait to hear the dates!

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    July 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

    This looks like a fantastic summer treat! I don`t know if you`ll be doing any Canadian dates on your tour, but I hope you have a blast!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    July 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I LOVE raspberry sauce. It should basically be its own food group that one puts on everything. Can’t get enough of that stuff!

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    July 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Yum, I’ll have to put that place on my list! We may take a quick trip to Saus in a couple weeks to visit my bf’s family…his dad is running for Sausalito mayor this year, so we are going to support the campaign effort;)

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See
    July 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Gorgeous! Raspberries are definitely one of my favorite fruits. I could eat them till the cows come home 🙂

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    July 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Looks so refreshing, YUM!

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    Christina (The Pastry Posts)
    July 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

    How beautiful! This dessert screams summer to me. I MUST try the raspberry sauce! YUM!

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    July 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Perfect simple summer dessert! Yum!

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    Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    July 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Aw, I love that you’re so close to your mom – I am, too! I would totally invite my mom on a book tour if I had one!

    Love these parfaits. So gorgeous!

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    July 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

    This looks FANTASTIC! And absolutely perfect for summer. Yum!

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    Alicia @ The Reluctant Home Cook
    July 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Love those colorful mixing bowls in the background of your pictures! Great idea. These parfaits look so good.

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    Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    July 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    That’s so exciting your mom will be traveling with you on your book tour!!

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    July 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Have a great time with your Mom!

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    July 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Counting the hours till 12:45 tomorrow!!

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    July 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    This looks amazing! I love rasberries <3

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    July 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Exactly what I want to eat in the summertime 🙂

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    Moni Meals
    July 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Wow, so fancy and this is so unique. What a lovely summer dish!!

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    Annie @ What's Annie Making?
    July 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Oh my stars!!!! That sauce is so pretty. Those look perfect for a girls night 🙂

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    July 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    looks like a perfect summer dessert…and I’m usually of the “if it’s not chocolate, it doesn’t count as dessert” sort of mindset.

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    July 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    That’s so fantastic your mother is coming for a week. My son and his GF have been in Brittany on the NW coast of France (we both have a real thing for Brittany, esp Brehat Island) and called me on my b-day this weekend, sent me about 100 photos of that favorite region. For me, my son stands for ‘You Lift Me Up’. When I thought that I Youtubed it….and found an amazing ‘You Lift Me Up’ by the Celtic Women! Brittany, France is actually part of the ‘Celtic Nation’ so that was kind of amazing! Nothing is a greater gift than a simpatico parent-child relationship.

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    Urban Wife
    July 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I love raspberries and this parfait looks pretty amazing. And totally awesome you’re so close to your Mom, too. 🙂
    p.s. Please pretty please with a raspberry on top…come to Austin on your book tour!

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    Angie H.
    July 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Bar Bocce was where the boy and I ate dinner on the last night of our vacation a few months ago and we both loved it! Thanks for bringing up a good memory and for the delicious looking treat!

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    Grace (My Spare Oom)
    July 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I’m only probably the 100th person to say this, but Jenna, those look AMAZING! I’ll take one for breakfast, please and thank you!

    OOOOHHH, book tour!! So excited for you, especially that your mom gets to come. Moms are the best. 🙂 Enjoy your week with her!

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    Dawn (HealthySDLiving)
    July 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    This looks so refreshing and amazing!

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    July 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Such a fabulous sweet summer treat ~ pinning now!

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    Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken
    July 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I work in Sausalito and my bus goes right by Bar Bocce! I’ll have to put it on my list 🙂

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    Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    July 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    What a beautiful parfiet! 🙂

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