Sunday, February 19, 2012

Vanilla-Poached Fig, Cherry & Pistachio Parfaits



The final two heart-healthy ingredients - pistachios and cherries - make for the perfect figgy dessert pairing. Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla bean are all that's needed to prepare four super-sized, creamy parfaits.




Pistachios make for such a nice flavour with the figs, but for the next morning, the poached fig mix easily goes into breakfast mode with some muesli and walnuts stirred in with the yogurt. Either way, dessert or brekkie, it will put a smile on your heart.

The heart-loving menu:
Dessert: Vanilla-Poached Fig, Cherry & Pistachio Parfaits



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Vanilla-Poached Fig, Cherry & Pistachio Parfaits
Adapted from Bon Appétit Dec 2002
Serves 4
Eat with a late harvest Viognier (or Muscat)

1/3 cup honey
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups / 10 oz / 300g  dried figs - stems removed and halved/quartered
1 vanilla bean - seeds scraped and pod reserved (how-to video)
1/2 cup / 3.5 oz / 100g dried cherries

a large pot of Greek style yogurt
1 oz (25g) pistachios - 1/4 cup

1) In a medium saucepan over med-high heat, bring water to boil and stir in honey. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add both the seeds and the pod into the pot. Stir in the halved figs, top with a lid, and let softly simmer for 15 minutes. 

2) Add in the cherries and simmer another 15 minutes. It should have thickened considerably, but still have quite a bit of liquid. 

3) Let cool a bit, pour in a bowl and then refrigerate three hours. Layer the figs and their sauce with yogurt in glasses to create the parfaits. Top with chopped pistachios.

Enjoy.
- Jo

14 comments:

  1. This looks amazing, so delicious! Yum - what a great combination of flavors!! :)

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    1. Thanks Sara..just peeked over at Cupcake Muffin and have bookmarked your stew with farro recipe..can't wait!

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  2. this sounds extremely delicious!!! i love every one of these ingredients to pieces, would love to try this.

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    1. Exactly! These are like ultimate dessert ingredients for me! Breakfast too ;)

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  3. Wow, Diletta was right, this does look absolutely delicious! x Gemma

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  4. Couldn't sleep last night and found this recipe before the sun was up. I had all the ingredients on hand, which I took as a sign that I was destined to eat this for breakfast. It was so, so good though my parfait wasn't as beautiful as yours. Thank you! I'm thinking of having another round for lunch--if I can wait that long.

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    1. Bobbi, that's the best news a food blogger can hear! Although, I'm sure you know that :) New-breakfast destiny is something wonderful when it happens..

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  5. Sara, This sounds delicious. I love figs and yogurt so this is right up my alley. Will try soon.

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  6. Hey, dried cherries aren't easily available here in India. What can I substitute for it? Sounds delish.

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    1. Oops, not sure how I never saw this! Anyways, I would consider using dried apricots, or just increasing the figs and leaving the cherries out.

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  7. I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-).

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    1. Hi! Thanks for the lovely comments and the invite..I'm headed over to your site now to take a look!

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