Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy National Strawberry Parfait Day!

Today is a great day to celebrate everything parfait. Especially strawberry parfait.

What exactly is a parfait?

The French definition of a parfait is a frozen dessert made of sugar and cream like ice cream. The word parfait literally means perfect. I'm not French, though, and I make my parfaits with yogurt and have them for breakfast. This strawberry parfait can be eaten for breakfast or dessert without an awful sugar rush first thing in the morning. Take that you French frozen sugar cream. Us Americans know how to whip up a pretty perfect parfait too.


strawberry granola parfait (3)

Strawberry Granola Parfait
serves 4
2 cups sliced strawberries
4 cups plain or vanilla yogurt
1 recipe cinnamon- honey egg white granola (below), or 1 cup granola

Place ½ cup yogurt at the bottom of four large glasses. Divide the sliced strawberries between the glasses and top with the remaining ½ cup yogurt per glass. Sprinkle ¼ cup of granola over the yogurt.


And what is a parfait without a good dose of homemade granola? Here are two great recipes that will go great layered between your strawberries and yogurt.

pb egg white granola (5)

Cinnamon-Honey Egg White Granola
2 tbsp honey
1 egg white
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
½ tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Whisk the egg until it is fluffy. Add in the honey and cinnamon. Stir to combine. In a bowl, combine the oatmeal with the egg mixture. Once all the oats are coated, spread them out on a parchment paper lined baking stone. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and then bake another 15 minutes. Allow the granola to cool before serving. Store any leftovers in an airtight glass container.

 
pb egg white granola (2)
Peanut Butter Egg White Granola
2 tbsp honey
1 egg white
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
3 tbsp peanut butter
½ tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Whisk the egg until it is fluffy. Add in the honey, peanut butter, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. In a bowl, combine the oatmeal with the egg mixture. Once all the oats are coated, spread them out on a parchment paper lined baking stone. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and then bake another 15 minutes. Allow the granola to cool before serving. Store any leftovers in an airtight glass container.


 
Just to clear everything up, I have nothing against the French. I am actually going to France next week. I am actually nothing but appreciative for their ingenious creation of the parfait. (I just perfected their recipe.) So here is a note to all you French cooks who create parfaits on a daily basis. Keep freezing that sugar cream in alternating layers of fruit. We can celebrate this grand day of strawberry parfaits together.
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And to top it all off with another strawberry, here is an awesome recipe for cottage cheese pancakes.


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Cottage Cheese Pancakes
¾ cup flour
4 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
 
Whisk all the ingredients together. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium heat. Pour a few tbsp of the batter onto the pan and spread it out. Cook each side until golden brown.

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