Kiwi & Strawberry Sorbet Parfaits

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Recently, I started adding something new to my grocery list.  Kiwi...or kiwifruit.  I'm not sure why it wasn't a regular in our fruit drawer because I always love eating it in fruit salads and on fruit pizza.  Kiddo and Mr. E love them, too.

Let me show you a little something special you can do with your kiwis.  And I'm going to be honest here...even though this is technically dessert, I ate it for lunch twice this week.  It's such a refreshing treat on a hot day!

Kiwi & Strawberry Sorbet Parfaits

{modified from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book}

1 c. sugar
3/4 c. water
4 Zespri kiwifruit
1 c. sliced strawberries
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp vanilla

whipped cream or whipped topping
chopped Zespri kiwifruit
chopped strawberries
sliced and toasted almonds

Make the sorbet:

Heat the sugar and water over low heat in a small saucepan.  Stir until the sugar dissolves.   Raise the heat and boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Peel and quarter the kiwi.  Halve the strawberries.  Combine the fruit, cooled sugar syrup, lemon juice and vanilla in a blender on low speed.  Blend until smooth.  Refrigerate several hours, until cold.

Process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions.  Transfer to a freezer-safe container, pressing plastic wrap down onto the top of the sorbet.  Freeze a few hours until it becomes more firm.

For the Parfaits:

Place one scoop of sorbet in each glass. Top with whipped cream/topping, then chopped fruit and toasted almonds.  Repeat 2 more times.

What is your favorite way to eat kiwi?
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