Thursday, October 2, 2014

Strawberry Parfaits with Yogurt and Granola


I can’t think of a better way to start your day than with a healthy and colorful breakfast parfait. Fruit parfaits really step up the breakfast game, plus they take only a few minutes to put together. They are also a wonderful way to incorporate the various seasonal fruits into your breakfast throughout the year.

I adapted this recipe from Betty Rosbottom’s Sunday Brunch – Simple, Delicious Recipes for Leisurely Mornings. My friend Bonnie From a Writer’s Kitchen introduced this delightful book to me and I am so grateful that she did. At our house we never miss breakfast. There’s a phrase “eat like a king for breakfast, a queen for lunch and a pauper for dinner” and that probably explains why breakfast is my favorite meal.



Betty’s cookbook offers deliciously creative ideas for breakfast for all seasons. The picture of her plum parfaits with yogurt and granola in parfait glasses was so appealing that I adapted the recipe to use fresh strawberries in place of the plums and substituted brandy snifters for the parfait glasses. This recipe comes together very quickly, but you need to let the cooked strawberries come to room temperature before you assemble the parfaits. The parfaits may be prepared and refrigerated up to 1 hour in advance, but if you like your granola crunchy like I do, then assemble them right before serving.




Strawberry Parfaits with Yogurt and Granola
Adapted from Sunday Brunch by Bette Rosbottom, serves 6
Printable recipe

1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled
1/3 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups plain Greek-style yogurt (low fat is fine)
½ teaspoon good-quality vanilla
¾ cups good-quality purchased granola

Slice hulled strawberries. Place a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add sliced strawberries and sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar, ginger and cinnamon. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves and becomes syrupy and the strawberries are tender when pierced with a knife, about 4 - 6 minutes. Watch carefully so fruit does not become overcooked and mushy. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature (very important).

In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, remaining 1 ½ tablespoons sugar and vanilla.

To serve, spoon about ¼ cup strawberry mixture, including juices, into each of six medium-size wine or parfait glasses. Top each with 2 to 3 tablespoons yogurt. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon granola. Repeat layers. Serve immediately.

If breakfast parfaits appeal to you, you might also like a breakfast fruit crunch with assorted fresh fruit that appeared on My Carolina Kitchen several years ago. Link to recipe here.



For better viewing, click on photos to enlarge.

This will be shared with Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm, Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen Full Plate Thursday, and Weekend Bites at Simple Recipes.
Have a great weekend everyone.


32 comments:

  1. Looks like something you might treat yourself to on vacation Sam! Very pretty:@)

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  2. There is something to be said about breakfast parfaits. The creamy yogurt, the crunch of granola and fresh seasonal fruit make for a healthy winning combination.

    Hope you are enjoying the fall weather.

    Velva

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  3. Breakfast is just so delicious when it includes yogurt, fruit and granola.

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  4. Hello Sam
    You certainly present a delicious breakfast. This inspires me to try something new for house guests.
    Have a glorious weekend

    Helen xx

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  5. It's so pretty..
    You eat with your eyes first..Lovely presentation..Great for Christmas morn too.
    I wish we would eat with that rule..Our meals are heaviest at dinner.
    We eat early enough..5.45..but honestly I think 5 would be better:)

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  6. You know I hesitate before purchasing another cookbook. I'm so glad that this one is on our shelf. I've done the parfait with several different fruits and it is always wonderful. Your's is a feast for the eyes!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  7. Beautiful, Sam. I'm not much of a breakfast eater, but it would be a pleasure to start the day off with one of your yummy parfaits. We still have some wonderful fresh fruits available at the market.

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  8. A healthy, light and easy breakfast, Sam!

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  9. Deliciously fresh and crunchy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. Sam, Laurie would love this parfait combo for breakfast. However, my idea of a healthy breakfast involves eggs, sausage or bacon and hash browns... My doctor would prefer it if I'd go with the parfait though! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  11. Pretty presentation Sam. We should all eat like this for breakfast.

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  12. I'm with you Sam - love this beautiful breakfast! The color is amazing - love the photos too. Have a great weekend!

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  13. It has granola and yogurt...so I can definitely enjoy this dessert for the breakfast without guilt. They look very inviting, Sam.

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  14. What a lovely way to start the day! Beautiful breakfast...granola and yogurt are a perfect combo.

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  15. What a pretty breakfast parfait! I would feel special just eating that!

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  16. looks great and fun to have in a wine glass

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  17. Yum! Cinnamon and ginger in your breakfast parfaits! Love that! What a lovely photo, Sam, the colors are so inviting and your presentation in the snifters charming. Breakfast is THE most important meal of the day. So many of us ignore that in the rush to school or work.

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  18. A delicious way to start the day, indeed! What a lovely presentation too, Sam. Both Bonnie and you are the inspirations for my next post :)

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  19. This looks and sounds delicious, Sam! It's perfect and pretty for your favorite meal of the day and mine too. I bought the cookbook after seeing it on Bonnie's blog, but have yet to make anything from it yet. This inspires me to get busy!

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  20. That reminds me of the blueberry one that Alexis and I had at the Rocking Horse Inn B & B in Louisville, KY a few years ago. I was surprised by how good it was because I'm not a breakfast person.

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  21. These work for me any time of day, but I do like starting mornings off with such a yummy combination. Sam, I recently made your Mediterranean Chicken Stew for a dinner party, and it was a big hit!!

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  22. Looks like the perfect breakfast to me. Love your way of doing strawberries with the warm spices, they sound delicious!

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  23. i have a parfait at least 3 times a week. I just love them and these strawberry ones looks delicious

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  24. This strawberry parfait looks so delicious. I must try this recipe.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. It's so good to hear from you.

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  25. Greek yogurt (sometimes homemade,) and homemade granola with fruit are our standard breakfast -- it was peaches for much of the summer.

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  26. This is parfait are so pretty...I love the combination of the creamy yogurt with the crispy granola...and yes, fresh strawberries...indeed perfect to start the day!
    Enjoy your week Sam :D

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  27. Yum! This looks delicious! Parfaits are one of my favorite go-to breakfasts at any time of year because they come together so quickly and they keep me satisfied. I just swap out the fruit based on what's in season. :) Pinned!

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  28. I had parfaits earlier this week, just love them. Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites

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  29. Good Morning Sam,
    I would just love to have your delicious Strawberry Parfait right now, after all it is still breakfast somewhere. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Hope to see you again real soon,
    Miz Helen

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  30. Congratulations Sam!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and your weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  31. This has been a favorite breakfast around here for years. When the berries come in, out go the eggs and oatmeal and hello fruit parfaits! These are picture-perfect.

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