Caramelized Pear Parfaits

Nov 29th

Had a “sprinkle” on Sunday at my house. Have you heard about sprinkles? Basically girls like to get together and have no boys there, so we make up new terms for our girl parties to substantiate them. A sprinkle is a celebration for baby number 2.

Anyways. It was a brunch, full of the bread-y sweet things chatty girls would like to subsist on. Monkey bread, scones, muffins, coffee cake, etc. To keep up our aggressive chattiness, I figured we’d need some protein. I have Greek yogurt every morning for breakfast, so I went that route.

Parfaits are easy to prep ahead and look nice on a table. I had recently made my fave granola and found a recipe for caramelized pears that included allspice, which was also a part of my granola. It was a GREAT combo, and the sourness of the plain Greek yogurt was wonderfully offset by the sweet pears. I was really, REALLY happy with this end result and recommend making the granola and pears yourself, but to cheat and make this quicker, just buy your granola!

Caramelized Pear Parfait

serves 4

Granola

2 c. old-fashioned oats

3/4 c. almonds, chopped

1/2 c. sweetened flaked coconut

1/2 c. chopped pecans

 1/3 c. (packed) brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 c. unsalted butter

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 c. chopped dried apricots

1/2 c. dried cranberries

Pears

4 pears, peeled, chopped

juice from 1/2 a lemon

3 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

pinch allspice

pinch salt

1/4 c. packed light brown sugar

4 c. plain, fat free Greek yogurt

1. To make granola: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Mix nuts, oats, coconut, brown sugar, and spices together (NOT your dried fruit) in a large bowl. 


3. Melt butter and honey in a glass bowl and stir together. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.


4. Spread on a greased pan and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice.


5. Add your dried fruit and stir to combine. Bake for another 15 minutes. Let cool on pan. Granola will keep at room temp. – in tupperware – for several weeks. This granola recipe makes about 4 c. worth.


6. To make pears, melt butter in large saute pan or skillet over medium high heat. Toss pears with lemon juice.


7. Add pears and saute until starting to soften and steam, about five minutes.


7. Add sugar, salt and spices and stir to combine.


8. Increase heat to high and saute pears, stirring occasionally. Pears will release liquid and then bubble in the liquid. Cook about ten minutes or until some of the liquid reduces. If there is less liquid than in the below pictures, reduce your heat to medium low and add a lid – let simmer until pears are tender and cooked through.



9. If storing for later use, cool pears to room temp and refrigerate. 

10. To make parfaits, put about an inch of granola in the bottom of glass (use any glass, as long as it’s clear).

11. Top with a layer of yogurt. Divide pears between glasses. Top with more yogurt, and a sprinkle of granola on top.


*Parfaits can be prepped up to a few hours ahead, but know that your granola may get a bit soggy.

Caramelized Pear Parfait

serves 4

Granola

2 c. old-fashioned oats

3/4 c. almonds, chopped

1/2 c. sweetened flaked coconut

1/2 c. chopped pecans

 1/3 c. (packed) brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 c. unsalted butter

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 c. chopped dried apricots

1/2 c. dried cranberries

Pears

4 pears, peeled, chopped

juice from 1/2 a lemon

3 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

pinch allspice

pinch salt

1/4 c. packed light brown sugar

4 c. plain, fat free Greek yogurt

1. To make granola: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Mix nuts, oats, coconut, brown sugar, and spices together (NOT your dried fruit) in a large bowl. 

3. Melt butter and honey in a glass bowl and stir together. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.

4. Spread on a greased pan and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice.

5. Add your dried fruit and stir to combine. Bake for another 15 minutes. Let cool on pan. Granola will keep at room temp. – in tupperware – for several weeks.

6. To make pears, melt butter in large saute pan or skillet over medium high heat. Toss pears with lemon juice.

7. Add pears and saute until starting to soften and steam, about five minutes.

7. Add sugar, salt and spices and stir to combine.

8. Increase heat to high and saute pears, stirring occasionally. Pears will release liquid and then bubble in the liquid. Cook about ten minutes or until some of the liquid reduces.

9. Refrigerate pears to cool, or use warm.

10. To make parfaits, put about an inch of granola in the bottom of glass (use any glass, as long as it’s clear).

11. Top with a layer of yogurt. Divide pears between glasses. Top with more yogurt, and a sprinkle of granola on top.

*Parfaits can be prepped up to a few hours ahead, but know that your granola may get a bit soggy.

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