17 March 2011

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait For A Crowd


This is the dish I made for our breakfast potluck dinner at church last night. Everybody loved it.

This isn't so much a recipe as it is a method.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait For A Crowd

Ingredients:
9 cups yogurt, any flavor you like
Assorted fresh or frozen fruit (thawed if frozen)
4 cups granola, crushed

Directions:
Spread one cup of yogurt in the bottom of a trifle bowl. Top with one cup of granola. Layer fruit on top of granola, making sure some is right up against the side so it can be seen in the layers. Top with 2 cups of yogurt, alternating flavors if desired. Top with another cup of granola and another layer of fruit. Repeat 2 more times. Finish with the last 2 cups of yogurt and garnish with some of each of the fruit you used. I didn't worry about making each fruit layer pretty (I didn't fan it out), but the top I made pretty.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes ? (a lot!) of servings.

A note about the granola: I used the wrong kind. After I opened it up, I realized that it had puffed rice in it. That gave it a kind of chewy, not crispy texture. It was all I had and there was no time to run to the store for more, so I went with it. At the meal, people thought the yogurt had made the granola soggy, but it wasn't, it was just because of the puffed rice. So don't get granola with puffed rice in it.

I would also suggest using regular yogurt instead of low fat. It tastes just fine with low fat, but it was a tad on the runny side. When people dug into it, it just kind of collapsed on itself. Next time I will use a full fat yogurt and see if that helps.


Other than the granola issue, it was a big hit. I was told that I have to make it again for Easter breakfast.


Here is how I layered this one, starting on the bottom: vanilla yogurt, granola, peaches (frozen), strawberry yogurt, granola, blueberries (frozen), vanilla yogurt, granola, banana slices, strawberry yogurt, granola, strawberries (fresh), vanilla yogurt, fruit garnish.


I've never done any type of fruit garnish before, so I think this turned out really well! I covered it right away and chilled for 2 hours and the bananas didn't turn brown at all.

1 comments:

kira sheker said...

With the exception of Greek yogurt, all yogurts will get runny. My favorite is Greek Gods traditional honey flavor, it's reallllly tasty. You can also make yogurt cheese by draining the yogurt through cheesecloth (if time allows). It's easy to do and soooo worth it. It basically makes lowfat seem like pure decadence. I love your presentation, it looks great! The bananas are so pretty!

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