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Sour is sweeter

One of my favorite “secrets” to cooking is to use sour cream instead of yogurt in parfaits and various desserts!  I know, I know… you would think it pretty tart but not at all!  Here’s how it’s done:


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring (not extract) (see Tips & Hints)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or fruit preserve (you can adjust this to taste) (see Tips & Hints)


  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix well with a beater/mixer.
  3. Taste test. (see Tips & Hints)
  4. Add to dish and enjoy.

Tips & Hints:

  • Vanilla flavoring can be used by itself or with a touch of honey to sweeten.  Extract can leave a bitter taste to the cream.
  • I love to make this with just honey as it reminds me almost of greek yogurt.
  • When adding a fruit preserve, try not to add anything with a seed such as strawberry and blend a little at a time to taste.


  • Parfaits
  • Dessert dressing
  • Drizzled over cake
  • As a fruit dip