Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Perfect Parfait

Property of Chef Madeleine Dee

By Madeleine Dee

The word 'parfait' literally means 'perfect' in French, and with the sheer number of combinations that are possible, I quite agree that a parfait is a perfect culinary idea. One can be healthy, unhealthy, sweet, savory... By all means, the word 'perfect' is subjective, so I thought I'd share my ideal creation in the hopes of inspiring you to discover your own. :)

Madeleine Dee's Healthy Granola Breakfast Parfait

Here's what you'll need:
Granola bars, crushed 
(I like to use particular ones with honey in them. They come in a green box and are of a naturally-low area of land, if you get my drift. I'd rather not get sued.)
Greek yogurt
Fresh berries
Toasted pecans
Dried cranberries
Honey
Caramel sauce
Clear cups
A spoon
At least one hand
A mouth


Step 1: Pour your crushed granola evenly into the bottom of your cups.


Step 2: Add heaping spoonfuls of Greek yogurt, then top with your berries, pecans, and dried cranberries.


 Step 3: Drizzle with honey. This balances out the tang of the yogurt.


Step 4: Take a shaky video with one hand while you drizzle caramel sauce over your fruit and pecans.


Step 5: Wipe the drool off of your keyboard, then repeat the process until your cups are full. Top with berries, a sprinkle of granola, and a final drizzle of caramel. Cover well and store in the fridge. If they make it that far.


These are fast and easy to make. If you've got 15-20 minutes on a Sunday, you'll have a well-balanced and quick breakfast for the entire week. And your family (or the guy you're, ahem... enjoying the company of) will think you're the bee's knees. 

Everyone loves a beautiful parfait that looks like it took hours to make. These are luxurious treats that are also nourishing, balanced, and downright healthy if done right. And the best part is that you can add whatever you like!


Do YOU have a perfect parfait? Tell me about it. :)

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Executive Chef and Owner of No Place Like Home in Louisville, KY. Writer, actress, chef, professional cook and professional eater.