You don't have to exhaust yourself making an elaborate Valentine's Day dessert. Sometimes a few favorite ingredients displayed with care and flair can inspire lustful glances for the dessert -- and you. Parfait is a good example. Start with a tall dessert glass and fill it with alternating layers of gooey, colorful or crunchy ingredients. Ideally, you want something moist like pudding, ice cream or yogurt between layers of dryer ingredients like cake, granola or nuts. Top the whole thing off with whipped cream, fudge or caramel, and you have a quick dessert that looks like you spent much more time on it than you did.
We have some simple parfait recipes that will show you the basics, but you don't really need a recipe for this one. Vanilla ice cream layered with caramel topping and fresh banana slices will taste devilishly good, especially when you have a sneaky secret -- the whole thing took less than 10 minutes to prepare.