Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fast, easy, and sweet

This quick and easy candied parfait makes a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. The best part, is that all of the components can be substituted for other ingredients to suit your likes or to just add a different variety.

Candied Parfait

1 small-medium apple of your choice, chopped into bite-sized pieces
6oz yogurt (your choice, I used Yoplait vanilla thick and creamy)
candied walnuts (or plain)
cinnamon for garnish

Layer apples, half the yogurt, and nuts, then repeat. Sprinkle on a little cinnamon for garnish.

Voila! I've never been a huge fan of parfaits, but this was absolutely simple and delicious. I have thought about some substitutions and I think the standby granola or broken up vanilla wafer cookies would make a nice substitution for the nuts or even a different kind of nut, candied or not. The fruit could be a combination of something such as bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, mango....the list is virtually endless. I think that you could substitute any flavor of yogurt that meets your fancy. If you wanted to make this a true dessert, I'd suggest topping the final layer with whipped cream and then cinnamon or changing out the yogurt for chocolate or vanilla pudding.

With all of these different combination, it's no wonder why parfaits have been so popular for so many years.